Developing an effective diluent for transport of rabbit semen

  • Published: 3 Mar 2015

  • Author(s): Bathgate, Roslyn, Johinke, Danielle

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Commercial rabbit breeding is becoming more dependent upon successful artificial insemination (AI) programs. Unfortunately, rabbit farms in Australia are still limited to the use of freshly diluted sperm collected from bucks on-site due to the low fertility and prolificacy rates achieved using stored rabbit semen. This project aimed to formulate a semen diluent that would enable the storage of rabbit semen for a minimum of 72 hours and facilitate the transportation of rabbit semen across the Australian rabbit industry.