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A Novel Device for the On-farm Assessment of Stallion Sperm Fertility

The use of assisted reproductive technologies is prohibited in the Thoroughbred industry. Historically this has meant that stallion sperm quality cannot be thoroughly assessed prior to breeding the mare. The determination of putative stallion fertility at the time of cover would allow managers to make informed decisions about strategic breeding practices, such as cross covering or alterations in booking schedules, in a timely manner. The major objective of this investment is to produce a commercially available device to measure the metabolic rate of spermatozoa in a post breeding 'dismount' semen sample to identify samples which are unlikely to produce a pregnancy. This will allow stallion managers to schedule a mare to be rebred on the same cycle to increase the chance of a positive pregnancy outcome.

Project date

17 May 2019-31 May 2022
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Principal investigator

Zamira Gibb

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Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains

AgriFutures Australia

AgriFutures Australia proudly focuses on building a rich future for Australian agriculture. We live and work in the regions and …

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Alternative protein Aquaculture Cereal grains Cross industry Essential oils Fruits Game Honey bees Nuts Other rural industries Pasture, fodder & feed Poultry Pulse grains
  • Location

    Australia

  • Organisation type

    Research funding body

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