Animal Reproduction (AR)
Animal Reproduction (AR)

Peculiarities of the buffalo species for andrological evaluation – results of four years of study and weekly semen collection schedule

Marc Henry, Mayara Ferreira Brito, Beatriz Parzewski Neves, Patrícia Alencar Auler, Jaci Almeida, Guilherme Oliveira Andrade, Verónica Becerra Becerra, Luisa Bergmann

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The aim of the present review is to provide complementary information about reproductive characteristics of male buffaloes having as perspective a four – year-study based on a weekly seminal collection schedule and collection of data in partner properties of several regions of Brazil. Aspects of testicular growth, reproductive behavior and characteristics of 1477 ejaculates of 13 donors are discussed in conjunction with data available in the literature.


sperm quality, testicular growth, sexual behavior.


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