Semen quality and freezability analysis during breeding and non-breeding seasons in heavy draft stallions in southern Chile.


:The aim of this study was to evaluate seasonal changes in basic parameters of sperm quality and freezability behaviour of ejaculates from 10 fertile heavy draft stallions. A total of 140 ejaculates were collected, processed and evaluated during both the breeding (September-November) and non-breeding seasons (April-June). Fresh semen was evaluated for volume, concentration, total spermatozoa per ejaculate, plasma membrane integrity and total sperm motility. Cryopreserved samples were evaluated for plasma membrane integrity and sperm motility by the CASA system, and for the freezability index (FI), which was defined as the decreased ratio of viability after freezing-thawing. In fresh ejaculates, only viability showed significantly higher values in the breeding than in the non-breeding season (64.0% ± 15.0% vs. 58.6% ± 12.0%, respectively; p < .05). The sperm post-thawing analysis of viability and total motility parameters showed no significant changes linked to the season. However, the FI analysis showed that the ejaculates collected in the non-breeding season had higher cryoresistance characteristics than those collected in the breeding season. Results suggest that the presence of some cryoprotective factor/s in heavy draft horse ejaculates could be modulated by seasonality, with higher protective effects in the non-breeding season.






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