Insemination Doses of Frozen-Thawed Semen in Seasonally Anestrous Ewes Treated with Two Different Progesterone-lmpregnated Intravaginal Devices
Journal of reproduction and development
During the non-breeding season, a total of 176 Suffolk ewes at 3 sheep farms were treated with either a self-made, progesterone-impregnated intravaginal sponge (P sponge) or controlled internal drug release (CIDRR) for 9 days and an intramuscular injection of pregnant mare's serum gonadotropin (PMSG) 1 day before the cessation of progesterone treatment. At 44-52 h after treatment, 174 ewes were inseminated with 0.2, 0.1 or 0.05 ml of frozen-thawed ram semen per uterine horn with the aid of a
... ith the aid of a laparoscope. There was no significant difference in lambing rate between P sponge (54.2%) and CIDRR (61.5%). The insemination dose did not also affect the lambing rates in both P sponge-treated (51.7, 66.7 and 44.4% for 0.2, 0.1 and 0.05 ml, respectively) and CIDRR-treated (58.1, 59.4 and 67.9%, respectively) ewes. Prolificacy was not significantly different between progesterone treatments nor among insemination doses. Lambing rates and prolificacy at the 3 sheep farms were not also significantly different. These results indicate that even a low insemination dose (0.05 ml) can result in similar rates of lambing compared with 0.1 or 0.2 ml of insemination dose per uterus in Suffolk ewes treated with either P sponge or CIDRR during the non-breeding season.