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BIO Web Conf.
Volume 32, 2021
III International Scientific and Practical Conference “Problems and Prospects of Scientific and Innovative Support of the Agro-Industrial Complex of the Regions” 2021
Article Number 04003
Number of page(s) 3
Section Prospects for improving productivity and preventing diseases in animals
Published online 13 August 2021

© The Authors, published by EDP Sciences, 2021

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1 Introduction

Evaluation of sire-bulls on the quality of semen production is an important point in the context of industrial dairy farming. The expedience of this issue arose as a result of the active development of biotechnology of artificial insemination and an increase in the importance of sire-bulls in the genetic improvement of the whole population, a breed or individual herds [3, 7].

The semen production collected from sire-bulls must contain a sufficient amount of living sperm cells, which are stable in the external environment and capable of taking part in fertilization.

One of the most common problems in the reproduction of cattle is high content of sperm cells with abnormal acrosome in the ejaculate.

It is known that the acrosome of bull spermia has a less dense consistency than other components of the sperm. Therefore, during sperm storage, degenerative changes occur primarily in the acrosome. The absence and damage of an acrosome in a sperm cell is caused by a violation of the process of spermatogenesis with a genetic determination to this disease.

Acrosome degeneration is expressed in the destruction of the plasma membrane, which leads to a decrease in the fertility of the ejaculate producers. Therefore, early evaluation of the semen quality of sire-bills is an important element of reproduction biotechnology in the context of the development of artificial insemination technologies and the increasing role of sire-bulls in the genetic improvement of herds [4, 5, 8].

In the light of the active development of the theory of body functional systems, the provision on a single neuroendocrine regulation system, accompanied by the emergence and spread of electrical potentials in living cells and tissues, comes to the fore in solving the problem of evaluating the quality of sperm production. Superficially localized biologically active centres (SLBAC) act as such regulators [12].

In cattle breeding, sire-bulls of Black-and-white and Holstein black-and-white breeds, which are imported into the Russian Federation, are used almost throughout the country [6]. Taking this fact into account, we carried out the study to clarify the inter-breed differences in the quality of semen of the sire-bulls, from which semen banks are created.

The working hypothesis of the current work was the assumption that the spermatogenesis process in sire bulls, closely related to the functional state of the animal organism, affects sperm production, the quantity and quality of which can be evaluated by the level of bioelectric potential of superficially localized biologically active centres (LBP SLBAC).

The purpose of the study is to assess the practical possibility of using the measured data of the bioelectric potential of superficially localized biologically active centres of sire-bulls to evaluate the quality of their semen production.

2 Materials and methods

The subject of the study was semen production of black-and-white and Holstein bulls. The groups were formed according to the principle of analogues; each group included five animals; the age of the animals was from 2 to 4 years; the body weight was from 700 to 800 kg. The total number of animals was 10.

The topographic search for SLBACs was carried out according to the method of A. M. Guskov, A. V. Mamaev (1996) using an ELAP-type device [2, 7]. The measurements of the bioelectric potential of SLBACs No. 5, No. 7, No. 11, No. 41, No. 44 were carried out in the morning, two hours after feeding; its average level was determined. The measurements were carried out throughout the year, by seasons.

Sperm from the bulls was taken in accordance with the semen collection schedule, in compliance with the rules for semen collection. Doublet ejaculates were examined.

The content of sperm cells in ejaculate was studied for anomalous forms using a Hitachi TM -1000 microscope in the preparations made for this purpose according to the technique described in GOST-32277. Sperm acrosomes integrity was evaluated by differential staining.

The obtained data were processed using generally accepted biostatistical methods.

3 Results

The use of sire-bulls involves considerable material costs. Before using sire-bulls, a company must be sure that these bulls have breeding value and high reproductive qualities, high degree of cryoresistance and high semen fertilizing ability, that is, it is necessary to determine the reproductive ability and predict the effectiveness of their use.

As a result of the performed measurements (Table 1) of the level of the bioenergetic potential of the SLBAC of the bulls during the experimental period, it was found that in Black-and-white breed the level of the bioenergetic potential of the SLBAC was high and averaged 71.7 μA, which significantly exceeded similar indicators of sirebulls of the Holstein black-and-white breed by 11.1% (-p<0.01). Thus, we revealed the dependence of bioenergetic potential level of the SLBAC on the breed.

When analyzing changes in the LBP of centres by seasons, it was found that the highest indicator values were observed in the spring and summer periods in comparison to the winter period in all experimental groups.

The differences are statistically significant compared to the control:

* p < 0,05; ** p < 0,01; ** p < 0,001

Currently, there is no consensus on the optimal age range of sire-bulls for using their semen production. It is generally accepted that sire-bulls’ semen production should be used from the moment bulls reach physiological maturity, that is, starting from 18 months with a body weight of 70% of that of an adult animal of the corresponding breed. Over the entire period of productive use, it is necessary to accumulate at least 100 thousand doses of semen from a sire-bull, which allows efficient breeding in a population and a breed. An important point in evaluating the reproductive capacity of sire-bulls is determination of the age period of their high sexual potential and, consequently, the quality of semen production.

To identify this period, the studies in which the functional state of sire-bulls was judged by LBP SLBAC were carried out.

As shown by the obtained data (Table 2), the difference in LBP SLBAC of the adult bulls at the age of 4 years old, compared with the young bulls at the age of 2 in the Black-and-white breed is 38.1%; in the Holstein breed, it is 35.4%. Therefore, it can be argued that in 2year-old bulls, the state of homeostasis of the reproductive system does not reach the level of adult animals yet, which is fully consistent with the studies conducted by Yu. N. Baranov (1999) and A. V. Mamaev (2005).

As a result of the work, we studied the relationship between the quality of sperm and the level of bioenergetic potential of the SLBAC of sire-bulls (Table 3).

As it can be seen from the table, the experimental animals were divided according to the biopotential level of their SLBAC into two groups with high LBP SLBAC which is 74.53 ± 1.33 μA and low LBP SLBAC which is 68.85 ± 1.32 μA (** p <0.01).

After evaluating the quality of sperm in sire-bulls with a high level of biopotential of SLBAC, spermatozoa with an intact acrosome were found in the field of view of the preparation, which amounted to 96.5% of the total number of spermatozoa in the preparation and had a significant difference with the experimental group (** p <0, 01).

When counting the number of spermatozoa with abnormal forms, the largest number of them was revealed in sire-bulls with a low biopotential level, which amounted to 14.6% with a significant difference compared to the control.

The study carried out made it possible to establish a direct relationship between LBP SLBAC and the quality of spermatozoa of sire-bulls.

Thus, the use of bioenergetic SLBAC data allows judging the quality of spermatozoa before collecting the semen and, thereby, reduce the time and labour spent on rejection of low quality ejaculates.

Table 1.

The dynamics of the biopotential level of superficially localized biologically active centres and the sire-bulls breed, М&m

Table 2.

The biopotential level of superficially localized biologically active centres and the age of the sire-bulls, М&m

Table 3.

The quality of sperm and the level of bioenergetic potential of the SLBAC of sire-bulls


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All Tables

Table 1.

The dynamics of the biopotential level of superficially localized biologically active centres and the sire-bulls breed, М&m

Table 2.

The biopotential level of superficially localized biologically active centres and the age of the sire-bulls, М&m

Table 3.

The quality of sperm and the level of bioenergetic potential of the SLBAC of sire-bulls

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