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Relationships between breeding soundness and sex drive classifications in beef bulls.

Authors
  • Chenoweth, P J
  • Farin, P W
  • Mateos, E R
  • Rupp, G P
  • Pexton, J E
Type
Published Article
Journal
Theriogenology
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Aug 01, 1988
Volume
30
Issue
2
Pages
227–233
Identifiers
PMID: 16726465
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Prior to use in single-sire mating trials, ninety-two beef bulls were evaluated to determine the relationships between. Breeding Soundness Examination (BSE) and sex drive assessment categories. A BSE score was given to each bull based on scrotal circumference, spermatozoal motility and morphology. Eighty bulls were classified as satisfactory potential breeders, while 12 were classified as questionable potential breeders. Each bull was exposed to two, 10 min modified libido/serving capacity tests. Sixty-nine bulls were classified as high libido and 23 were classified as medium libido. Differences in scrotal circumference and spermatozoal motility did not influence (P > 0.05) the BSE classifications. However, differences in primary, secondary and total spermatozoal abnormalities were the major factors affecting the BSE classification. Bulls classified as high libido serviced three times more (P < 0.01) during the two test periods than bulls classified as medium libido. High libido bulls were superior in all sex drive traits. However, bulls in the two libido categories did not differ (P > 0.05) in semen quality or scrotal circumference. There was no relationship (P > 0.05) between BSE and sex drive traits (r = -0.16 to 0.24).

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