Histological assessment of testicular residues in lambs and calves after Burdizzo castration

Stoffel, Michael Hubert; von Rotz, Alois; Kocher, M.; Merkli, M.; Boesch, D.; Steiner, Adrian (2009). Histological assessment of testicular residues in lambs and calves after Burdizzo castration. Veterinary record, 164(17), pp. 523-527. London: British Veterinary Association 10.1136/vr.164.17.523

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To assess the reliability of the Burdizzo procedure for castrating calves and lambs, testicular tissue from 63 bull calves (15 intact and 48 castrated) and 69 male lambs (35 intact and 34 castrated) was collected at slaughter and assessed histologically. The bull calves were castrated at either one, four to five or 12 to 16 weeks of age and the lambs at either one or 10 weeks. There was clear evidence of spermatogenesis in testicular tissue from all the intact animals. In the samples from the calves that had been castrated at 12 to 16 weeks functional testicular tissue was completely lacking. However, there was evidence of spermatogenesis and steroidogenesis in the calves that had been castrated at one week or four to five weeks, respectively. Failure to achieve complete involution of the testicular parenchyma was observed in the majority of lambs, irrespective of the age at which they had been castrated.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Research and Veterinary Public Health (DCR-VPH) > Veterinary Anatomy
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Clinic for Ruminants

UniBE Contributor:

Stoffel, Michael Hubert; von Rotz, Alois and Steiner, Adrian

Subjects:

500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology
600 Technology > 630 Agriculture

ISSN:

0042-4900

Publisher:

British Veterinary Association

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:24

Last Modified:

30 Sep 2014 11:02

Publisher DOI:

10.1136/vr.164.17.523

Web of Science ID:

000265907800013

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/37777 (FactScience: 210663)

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