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DAFM National Call 2015 15/S/732 Teagasc (UCD, ICBF) €1,096,129

Project Title:

New strategies to predict and monitor semen fertility

Project Coordinator:

Dr. Stephen Butler

Project Abstract

FertileBull proposes a novel multidisciplinary approach to critically assess sperm physiological function, and to identify new markers that can be used to predict phenotypic fertility of both conventional semen (male or female calf equally likely) and sex-sorted semen (90% chance of calf of the desired gender). The proposed research will involve unparalleled examination of sperm physiology and cellular interactions within the female reproductive tract using state of the art technologies. The primary objectives are to develop diagnostic criteria for screening tests to predict male fertility in bulls, and to verify these predictors in field trials. An accurate test (or suite of tests) for bull fertility would be hugely beneficial for the cattle breeding industry in Ireland and across the globe. By using only high fertility bulls, the efficiency and profitability of both dairy and beef production systems can be markedly increased.

Final Report:

Not available yet.