Podcast: Dr. Karl Kerns: The Boar – the forgotten animal in the swine industry

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We often put a lot of focus on the sow when it comes to swine reproduction, but what about the boar? Today in our talk with Dr. Kerns, we discuss many things such as the importance of zinc, different semen extenders, and how to properly maintain and check motility. This is a great opportunity to learn more about some important steps in a boar stud.

“๐˜ž๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ธ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ, ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ง๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ง ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ, ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฐ๐˜ข๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ.” – ๐——๐—ฟ. ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—น ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ป:

1. The importance of the boar

2. Understanding their sperm cells

3. Semen pool

4. The future of animal breeding

5. Semen extenders and antibiotics

6. Boar nutrition

7. Heat stress

8. Tips on genetics

9. Semen transportation

10. Third-party evaluation

11. Health side

12. Sow side

๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐˜‚๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜: Karl Kerns, Ph.D., assistant professor of animal science at Iowa State University, focuses on molecular reproductive physiology. His research interests are on the steps that lead to fertilization success and the creation of a single-cell phenomics model with artificial intelligence to detect male-factor sub/infertility in domestic boars and bulls with applications for humans. Dr. Kerns was previously a USDA NIFA Fellow in his predoctoral and postdoctoral studies at the University of Missouri, where he currently has Adjunct Assistant Professor status. One of his passions is to fully and more quickly implement research findings through involvement with biotech startups.