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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2000

Authors: Tenhagen, BA; Drillich, M; Heuwieser, W

Title: Synchronization of lactating dairy cows with prostaglandin F2 alpha: insemination on observed oestrus versus timed artificial insemination.

Source: J Vet Med A Physiol Pathol Clin Med. 2000; 47(10):577-584

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Drillich Marc

The effect of two insemination policies after synchronization of oestrus on reproductive performance in two groups of cows was investigated. Oestrus was synchronized by two treatments with prostaglandin F2 alpha (PGF2 alpha) at a 14-day interval. Cows in Group 1 (n = 234) were inseminated twice on appointment 66 and 90 h after the second treatment. Cows in Group 2 (n = 222) were intensively watched for signs of oestrus after the synchronization protocol and inseminated on observed oestrus. Cows with abnormal discharge after synchronization were excluded from breeding and inseminated later during the study period. Service rate within 1 week after synchronization was higher in Group 1 than in Group 2 (89.3 versus 67.1%). Conception rates on first service did not differ between groups (33.2 versus 30.0%). Days to first service and days open were shorter in Group 1 (P < 0.05). The number of cows culled for infertility did not differ between the groups. Endometritis 14-20 days post-partum decreased the percentage of cows pregnant at the end of the study period in both groups but did not have a significant effect on conception rates and days open. It is concluded that additional inseminations required in the timed artificial insemination protocol were economically justified by the reduction in days open in comparison with insemination on observed oestrus after synchronization.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Dinoprost/administration & dosage*
Estrus Detection
Estrus Synchronization*
Insemination, Artificial/veterinary
Time Factors

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