Fertilizing Ability of the Texel RaSires Thawed Sperm under Different Modes of Their Use
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The article presents the results of experimental studies on the effect of the quality of ram-sires’ thawed sperm during the breeding and non-breeding periods under different modes of using the breeders. It is established that the acrosome preservation under the mode of using the ram-sires to receive 4 ejaculates per week compared to 6 and 8 ejaculates during the nonbreeding period was higher by 3.5 and 6.0%, respectively, and by 2.5 and 5.0 percent during the breeding period. Kinetic parameters of sperm motion during both periods of seasonal activity were also higher under the mode of receiving 4 ejaculates per week by 2.6–14.0 percent on average. The fertilizing ability of thawed sperm from the first insemination of ewes under the mode of receiving 4 ejaculates per week compared to the above mentioned modes was higher by 3.2 and 7.2% during the non-breeding period, and by 7.3 and 10.6% during the breeding period; while fertility at lamb birth – by 1.7 and 3.8%, and by 1.0 and 8.1 percent, respectively.
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