Developing a female-only flock for artificial insemination purposes in ostriches: Progress and future directions

Maud Bonato, Irek A. Malecki, Zanell Brand, Schalk W P Cloete

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    Abstract

    The development of a flock of females that can produce eggs and maintain egg production rate without the presence of males is a prerogative for a viable artificial insemination protocol in ostriches. Over six consecutive breeding seasons (May-December, 2009-2014), we recorded the egg production performance of 40 single-penned (ART) South African Black ostrich females (2-9 years of age), and compared these records with the egg production of 162 pair-mated females of comparable age from the breeding flock (BP). ART females laid significantly fewer eggs than BP females (mean. ±. SEM: 3.49. ±. 0.13 eggs per month vs. 4.64. ±. 0.09 eggs per month respectively; P.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)85-91
    JournalAnimal Reproduction Science
    Volume180
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - May 2017

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