Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences (ISSN: 2582-3183)

Research Article Volume 4 Issue 8

Semen Characteristics and Scrotal Size of Pubertal West African Dwarf Rams Fed Diets Containing Tetrapleura Tetraptera Fruit Meal

Jinadu KB 1*, Oluwatosin BO2, Fasae AO3, Abiona JA3 Olaniyi TA5, Popoola MA5 and Olagbaju OT4

1Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment, FUNAAB, Nigeria
2Institute of Food Security, Environmental Resources and Agricultural Research, FUNAAB, Nigeria
3Department of Animal Production and Health, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
4Real People Concept Africa, Adekunle Fajuyi Road, Ibadan Office, Ibadan, Nigeria
5Federal College of Animal Health and Production Technology, Ibadan, Nigeria

*Corresponding Author:Jinadu KB, Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Development and Sustainable Environment, FUNAAB, Nigeria.

Received: June 06, 2022; Published: July 25, 2022


The study investigated and explored the potential effect of Tetrapleura tetraptera fruit meal (TTFM) on the spermatozoa attributes and scrotal sizes of West African dwarf ram in a 20-week trial. Thirty-five (35) West African dwarf rams with an average weight of 12.80±0.20 were randomly allotted to five dietary treatments in a completely randomized design. The diets included 0% TTFM, 0.5%TTFM, 1.0%TTFM, 1.5%TTFM and 2.0%TTFM designated as treatments 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 respectively. Each treatment had seven replicates, while semen was collected from five replicates in each treatment using electro-ejaculator at the pre-experimental and post experimental periods assessed for semen colour, semen pH, semen temperature, sperm motility, sperm concentration, live and dead sperm cells. The result showed that the scrotal circumference ranged from 15.20 to 23.00cm both at the beginning and the end of the experiment which did not differ significantly (p > 0.05). The scrotal length increased significantly (p < 0.05) across the treatment from 13.00 to 15.80cm. The sperm motility ranged from 54.00 to 60.80% though not significantly differed (p > 0.05). The sperm volume increased significantly (p < 0.05) from 0.32 to 0.53ml in rams fed diet containing 2.0% TTFM. Except for sperm volume, inclusion of TTFM up to 2% in the diet of breeding rams did not have direct or adverse effect on the sperm reproductive attributes.

Keywords: Sperm Volume; Scrotal Length; Rams; Motility


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Citation: Jinadu KB., et al. “Semen Characteristics and Scrotal Size of Pubertal West African Dwarf Rams Fed Diets Containing Tetrapleura Tetraptera Fruit Meal". Acta Scientific Veterinary Sciences 4.8 (2022): 147-157.


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