Friday's REPRO TIP - Semen analysis - So what do all those numbers mean anyway? A good semen analysis should include (at a minimum) an evaluation of 3 important parameters:
MOTILITY (What percentage of sperm are moving in a consistently forward direction?),
MORPHOLOGY (How are the sperm shaped? Are any of them deformed?), and...
TOTAL SPERM CONCENTRATION (the total amount in the ejaculate). A stud dog should have enough normally shaped sperm that are able to reach the target (the egg) and perform their primary function once they arrive (fertilization).
Minimum acceptable standards for what is typically referred to as an "Effective Breeding Dose" are 100 million normally shaped, progressively motile sperm per breeding. Don't forget to factor in how many of them don't make the cut! Have a great weekend,