Effect of Different Inoculation Concentration of Escherichia coli on Boar Sperm Quality and Reproductive Performance in Sow

  • Sa, Soo Jin (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Choi, Sun Ho (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Kim, Hyun Jong (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Cho, Kyu Ho (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Hong, Joon Ki (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Kim, Du Wan (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Kim, Young Hwa (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Park, Jun Cheol (Swine Science Division, National Institute of Animal Science, RDA) ;
  • Chung, Ki Hwa (Gyeongnam National University of Science and Technology)
  • Received : 2014.11.12
  • Accepted : 2014.11.26
  • Published : 2014.12.31


The objective of this study was to determine the effects of E. coli on boar sperm quality and reproductive performance in sows after artificial insemination. Three different levels of E. coli were artificially inoculated to semen with following concentrations; Control, 500, 5,000 and 50,000 colony forming unit (cfu)/ml. Semen samples were preserved at $17^{\circ}C$ for 5 days. Sperm motility was significantly decreased (p<0.05) on day 3 in the group inoculated with 5,000 cfu/ml compared to control groups. In all treatment groups, sperm motility was gradually decreased as storage time increased, but the decline pattern was more drastic in the groups inoculated with 5,000 and 50,000 cfu/ml groups from day 3 (p<0.05) compared to control group. After 3 day of storage at $17^{\circ}C$, sperm viability in sample inoculated with the highest concentration (50,000 cfu/ml) of bacteria was less (p<0.05) than that of control group. The pH of semen sample pH was maintained 7.2~7.5 in all groups during the experimental period. No differences (p>0.05) were found for both storage time and bacterial concentration. The pregnancy rate and live born piglets tend to decrease by increasing the concentration of E. coli in semen. In particular, the rate of pregnancy was lower in the group inoculated with 50,000 cfu/ml (58.3%) compare to the other groups (81.8, 75.0, 76.5%). These results suggest that the contamination of E. coli in boar semen negatively affects fertilizing ability of boar sperm and the reproductive performance obtained from sows after artificial insemination.


Grant : Study on management technology improvement of swine artificial insemination center

Supported by : Rural Development Administration


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