Effect of breeding season on seminal attributes of Ostrich (Struthio camelus) semen in humid tropical climate
Publication Date : 30/04/2015
A study was conducted for collection and evaluation of Ostrich bird semen. Ten adult male ostrich birds aged 3 to 4 years were selected and housed at TANUVAS, Tamilnadu, India. The male birds were selected based on their readiness in accepting human beings without fear. All the birds were housed properly under standard managemental condition. The selected male emus were trained for semen collection by teaser method. Out of 10 males, only five males responded for semen collection. The semen was collected from individual ostrich bird in two different breeding seasons (early and peak) and evaluated for macroscopical and microscopical seminal attributes. The overall mean values for volume, pH, appearance, per cent motility, concentration, per cent live and abnormal spermatozoa were better in Peak season than early. The maiden attempt of study ensures the possibility of semen collection in ostrich and facilitated further processing or artificial insemination of semen in peak season based on macroscopical and microscopical seminal attributes.
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