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Acta Vet Scand. 1976;17(1):74-82.

Influence of boars on the relationship between fertility and post thawing sperm quality of deep frozen boar spermatozoa.



The possibility of selecting boars for deep freezing of spermatozoa was evaluated by tests of frozen-thawed spermatozoa. 20 of 31 ejaculates were used for artificial insemination of 37 gilts. Boar seminal plasma and OLEP were used as thawing diluents. The thermoresistance test and the extracellular concentration of aspartate aminotransferase (ASAT) were used as indicators of fertility. Spermatozoa from 4 boars were utilized. 1 of the boars appeared to be of superior fertility, while the spermatozoa from another was infertile. The latter animal had been used for fresh artificial insemination trials, and had shown higher pregnancy rates than the average. Samples from this boar exhibited the lowest degree of motility after 3 hours storage at 37 degrees C, the greatest relative decrease of motility during the thermoresistance test, the greatest release of ASAT after thawing by OLEP, and greatest relative release of ASAT. These variations were statistically significant (p less than .05). The results show that there is a possibility of detecting boars with spermatozoa with potential low freezability.

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