Sperm Production Rate, Gonadal and Extragonadal Sperm Reserves in the Sokoto Red (Maradi) Buck in a Tropical Environment
28 healthy adult Maradi bucks were used to evaluate
sperm production and sperm storage capacity in the breed. Daily
sperm production (DSP) averaged 0.55±0.05x109, while the daily
sperm production/g (DSP/g) was 1.37±0.12 x107. Gonadal sperm
reserve was 1.99±0.18 x109, while the caput, upper corpus and lower
corpus averaged 0.58±0.04 x109, 0.36±0.02 x109 and 0.33±0.08 x109
respectively. The proximal cauda, mid cauda, distal cauda and ductus
deferens had values of 0.68±0.10 x109, 1.23±0.16 x109,1.87±0.
x109and 0.17±0.05 x109 respectively. The relative contributions of
the respective epididymal sections and ductus deferens to the total
extragonadal sperm reserves were, 11.11%, 6.89%, 6.32%, 13.03%,
23.56%, 35.82% and 3.26% respectively. Gonadal sperm reserves
were significantly higher (p0.05) to
mid cauda and distal cauda epididymal reserves.
Goats, Reserves, Sperm, Tropics