Comparative Study on Semen Characteristics, Haematology, and Serum Biochemical Indices of Fulani Ecotype and Bovansnera Cocks in Semi-Arid Zone of Nigeria.

A. M. Hassan, M. N. Sani, M. Y. Abubkar, M. H. Kantanaand M. Nasir

Abstract


A study was conducted, with the aim of comparing the semen characteristics, hematological and serum biochemical indices of two cocks genotype. Parameters measured include semen volume, semen colour, semen pH, live and dead ratio, sperm motility and semen concentration. Others include PCV, MCV,Hb, MCHb, MCHC, ALP, ALT, AST, Ca, PHOS, TP, UA and UREL. Result showed that Fulani ecotype had significantly higher (P<0.05) sperm motility (48.5%), live spermatozoa (59.3%), semen concentration (393.20 X 106) and better semen colour (milky). A non-significant difference (P>0.05) between the two genotype in terms of semen volume and pH were observed. The result of hematology showed non-significant difference (P>0.05) between the two breed of cocks.

For serum chemistry, the result also indicated non-significant difference (P>0.05) between the two genotype except in UA where Bovansnera cocks hadsignificantly higher (p<0.05) values (328.6). The investigation demonstrated better qualitative semen traits in Fulani ecotype and similar hematological and serum biochemical indices for the two genotypes that falls within the normal range for poultry.


Keywords


Bovans near; Fulani ecotype; Hematology; Serum biochemical indices; Semen.

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