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2012 (Vol. 4, Issue: 3)
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The Effects of Age, Breed, Sire, Body Weight and the Ejaculate Characteristics of Rabbit Bucks

G.N. Akpa, H.K. Yahaya and U.C. Martin
Corresponding Author:  G.N. Akpa 

Key words:  Age, body weight, breed, ejaculate, rabbit bucks, sire,
Vol. 4 , (3): 191-194
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March 23, 2012 April 23, 2012 June 15, 2012
Abstract:

The aim of this research is to analyse the semen of different breeds of rabbits and to determine the effects of age, breed, sire, generation and body weight on the ejaculate characteristics of rabbit bucks. Twenty rabbit bucks comprising of three breeds (New-Zealand White 8, Chinchilla 6 and Californian White 6) between the ages of 6-9 months were used to investigate the effect of age, breed, sire and generation on body weight and ejaculate characteristics of the bucks. The experiment was carried out at the Animal Science departmental farm, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. Parameters considered include semen colour, semen volume, semen ejaculate volume, semen concentration, semen pH, sperm motility, body weight and age. The mean for semen ejaculate volume, semen concentration, pH, sperm motility, body weight and age were 0.5 mL, 325.5x106 sperm cells/mL, 7.5, 86.6, 2.0 and 7.6% months, respectively. Age, breed and sire had (p≤0.05) effect on ejaculate characteristics but breed and sire had higher significant (p<0.01) effect on body weight. However, generation had no significant effect on the body weight and ejaculate characteristics except on semen pH (p<0.05). The ejaculate characteristics of the rabbit bucks were influenced by age, breed and sire. The values obtained were within the normal standards for rabbits-bucks. New Zealand White bucks proved superior in terms of ejaculate characteristics.
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G.N. Akpa, H.K. Yahaya and U.C. Martin, 2012. The Effects of Age, Breed, Sire, Body Weight and the Ejaculate Characteristics of Rabbit Bucks.  International Journal of Animal and Veterinary Advances, 4(3): 191-194.
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