Animal Reproduction (AR)
Animal Reproduction (AR)
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Fertilization rate and embryo production of superovulated dairy cows after insemination with non-sorted and sex-sorted semen

P.L.J. Monteiro Jr, A.M. Batista, F.C. Almeida, A.E.S. Figueirêdo, P.C. Soares, G.F. Carneiro, M.M.P. Guerra

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The aim of this study was to evaluate the fertilization rate of cows that were superovulated and artificially inseminated with sex-sorted semen. Cows were treated with an intravaginal progesterone device plus estradiol benzoate (day 0). Superstimulation treatments began four days after with eight applications of FSH at 12 h intervals. D-Cloprostenol was administered on day 6. Progesterone device was removed on day 7, and LH was administered on day 8. The treatments were divided as follows: NonSx, two AI with non-sorted semen were conducted 12 and 24 h after LH; Sx12&24, two AI with sex-sorted semen were conducted 12 and 24 h after LH; and Sx24&36, two AI with sex-sorted semen were conducted 24 and 36 h after LH. Embryos were recovered on day 16 and were evaluated and classified. Percentage of fertilized embryos tended to be greater for the non-sorted semen than the sex-sorted semen. The number of unfertilized oocytes was smaller when the non-sorted semen was used relative to the sex-sorted semen. There was no difference between the treatments that used sexed semen. In conclusion, the use of sex-sorted semen in superovulated dairy cows results in greater numbers of unfertilized oocytes than non-sorted. However, when only sorted semen is used AI should be performed 24 and 36 h after LH.


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