Characterization of semen from the unimproved South African indigenous goats

In this study, we characterised semen of the unimproved South African (SA) indigenous goat with an aim of determining the potential of using modern techniques such as artificial insemination to multiply it. The SA unimproved goat is hardy and adaptable to the local harsh environment and is now attracting attention of commercial farmers. The average percentages of normal and live sperms (79% and 76.3%, respectively) for this goat fell within the range of good quality sperms. Morphological evaluations of the sperms also revealed that these goats had normal sperms, with abnormalities falling within the normal range for good quality sperms. Similarly sperm motility was also normal. From this study we conclude that the unimproved SA indigenous goat has potential to be multiplied and commercially produced using modern techniques.
Dans cette étude, nous avons caractérisé le sperme de la chèvre indigène non améliorée d’Afrique du Sud (SA) dans le but de déterminer le potentiel d’utilisation de techniques modernes telles que l’insémination artificielle pour la multiplier. La chèvre non améliorée de SA est rustique et adaptable à l’environnement local rude et attire actuellement l’attention des agriculteurs commerciaux. Les pourcentages moyens de spermatozoïdes normaux et vivants (respectivement 79% et 76,3%) pour cette chèvre sont compris dans la gamme des spermatozoïdes de bonne qualité. Les évaluations morphologiques des spermatozoïdes ont aussi révélé que ces chèvres avaient des spermatozoïdes normaux, avec des anomalies se trouvant dans la gamme normale de spermatozoïdes de bonne qualité. De même la motilité des spermatozoïdes était également normale. De cette étude, nous concluons que la chèvre indigène non améliorée de SA a la possibilité d’être multipliée et d’être commercialement produite en utilisant des techniques modernes.
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"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Animal Science"