Danielle Johinke | Postgraduate Student
Room 344 R.M.C. Gunn Building B19
Faculty of Veterinary Science
The University of Sydney
Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Biosciences (Hons)
Certificate III in Captive Animals
“The development of a diluent for the transport of a rabbit semen.”
The farming of rabbits for meat is one of Australia’s fasting growing new industries as it provides a useful source of diversification in regional and rural areas where farm incomes are low. With the ban of rabbit meat and semen importation from overseas there is a strong need to expand domestic production so as to meet increasing consumer demand.
The preservation of rabbit semen for several days after collection is a major limitation for artificial insemination programs of the rabbit meat industry. The low levels of fertility and prolificacy achieved with frozen semen do not allow its use at a commercial level, thus the improvement of liquid storage protocols is imperative. This project will formulate a semen diluent that will enable the liquid storage of rabbit semen for a minimum of 72 hours. Further, this project aims to develop an effective transport regime for rabbit semen in Australia which results in commercially acceptable conception rates and thus facilitate significant genetic gain in the Australian farmed rabbit population.
Dr. Roslyn Bathgate
Dr. Simon P. de Graaf
Contribution to the Profession and the community
Society for Reproductive Biology (member since 2012)