Relationships between seminal vesicle size and copulatory activity in bulls.
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Two experiments were designed to investigate the hypothesis that dimensions of the seminal vesicle are positively correlated with copulatory behavior in bulls. In Experiment 1, thirty Santa Gertrudis bulls (16.5 mo old) were used to study the relationship between copulatory activity and seminal vesicle length and width (palpation per rectum), seminal vesicle thickness (ultrasonography), and volume. The bulls showed a low level of copulatory activity (6.0+/-1.5, 0.8+/-0.3 and 0.3+/-0.1 for mean number of mounts, intromissions and ejaculations, respectively) in 2 tests. The mean number of mounts but not the mean number of intromissions or ejaculations differed (P<0.01) among bulls. No significant correlations were found between seminal vesicle size and any of the variables of sexual behavior. In Experiment 2, 16 beef bulls (18 mo old) were used to study the relationship between copulatory activity and seminal vesicle length (palpation) or dorso-ventral thickness (ultrasonography). Differences were detected (P<0.01) among bulls in mean number of mounts, intromissions and ejaculations achieved in 2 serving capacity tests. No significant correlations were found between copulatory activity and seminal vesicle length or thickness. These data do not support the hypothesis of a positive relationship between seminal vesicle length or thickness with copulatory activity, even for bulls with marked diffences in intensity of sexual behavior.
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Rocha, A., Carpenter, B. B., Hawkins, H. E., Sprott, L. R., & Forrest, D. W.
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Rocha, A||Carpenter, BB||Hawkins, HE||Sprott, LR||Forrest, DW