In the present study the Authors developed a new modified boar semen extender for short-term liquid storage, based on the use of amikacin sulphate and fructose rather than gentamicin and glucose. The new extender (ME-S) was evaluated and compared in vitro to commercial ones (CRONOS™, TRIXcell™) and to a modified extender designated for long term storage (ME-L) for progressive motility. Progressive motility was not different (P>0.05) among extenders until 120 h of storage, as differences among extenders became significant (P<0.05) at 144 and 166 h. Motility data across time were better for ME-S than TRIXcell™(P<0.05). No differences were observed about the morphology and membrane integrity (ORT) among the new extender (ME-S) and the commercial ones. Following the results of the in vitro comparison, an artificial insemination field trial was performed for reproductive efficacy. In this trial ME-L was not used because it was not completely reliable yet. A total of 1011 sows were bred: 506 with ME-S and 505 with a commercial one (CRONOS™). The pregnancy rate for ME-S was 93.68% (474 pregnant sows), as the commercial extender resulted in 452 pregnancies (89.5%). The statistical comparison wassignificant (P<0.05) and the number of live piglets born showed an increase of 52.
Reproductive efficiency of a new modified boar semen extender for liquid storage / Bresciani, Carla; Morini, Giorgio; Bettini, Ruggero; Bigliardi, Enrico; DI IANNI, Francesco; Cabassi, Clotilde Silvia; Sabbioni, Alberto; Parmigiani, Enrico. - In: LIVESTOCK SCIENCE. - ISSN 1871-1413. - 157:1(2013), pp. 384-388. [10.1016/j.livsci.2013.07.005]