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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia

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ROSSI, R. et al. Effect of age on fertility and embryonic loss of mares inseminated with jackass semen diluted and cooled at 5ºC for 12 hours. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2014, vol.66, n.5, pp.1442-1448. ISSN 0102-0935.

The effect of the mare age on fertility of mares inseminated with diluted, cooled and stored jackass semen was studied. The females were controlled by transrectal palpation and teasing, and inseminated every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, since the detection of a 3.0 to 3.5cm follicle diameter, in one of the ovaries, until ovulation. The semen of five Pêga jackasses was diluted in skim milk-glucose or in egg yolk-glicine extender and cooled at 5ºC for 12 hours, with the inseminate dose of 400 x 106motile spermatozoa (at the moment of the final dilution, before cooling). The results of 195 cycles of 141 mares were grouped, in accordance with the age: 2.5 to 6 years, 6.5 to 10 years, 10.5 to 14 years and 14.5 to 19 years. The pregnancy rates for the first cycle were 68.42%, 50.75%, 46.88% and 52.17%, and after four cycles, the pregnancy rates/cycle were 69.57%, 47.92%, 46.34% and 45.71%, respectively for 2.5 to 6, 6.5 to 10, 10.5 to 14 and 14.5 to 19 years (P>0,05). The mare age had no influence on fertility, using diluted and cooled jackass semen.

Keywords : jackass; age; cooled semen; fertility; embryonic loss.

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