The effect of hCG administration five days after insemination on the first service conception rate of anestrous dairy cows.

F López-Gatius, J Labèrnia, P Santolaria, M López-Béjar, J Rutllant

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of treating anovulatory anestrous (AA) dairy cows with 1500 IU of hCG IM, 5 d after insemination, on their first service conception rate. A clinical trial was conducted during the 2003/2004 breeding season involving 442 AA dairy cows in six herds. On Day -8, all cows were treated with a progesterone-containing intravaginal device (Cue-Mate). The devices were removed on Day -2, and on Day -1 all cows received an IM injection of 1mg of estradiol benzoate. Cows in the control group (n=220) received no further treatments. Cows in the treatment group (n=222) which had been inseminated on Days 0 or 1 were treated with 1500 IU of hCG IM 5 d after insemination. Blood was collected from 30 cows (15 in each group) on Days 5 and 12 after AI for analysis of plasma P4 concentration. There was no difference in first service conception rates between the control and treatment groups (46.3% versus 43.6%, respectively; P=0.68), despite the fact that plasma P4 concentrations were higher in the treatment group on Day 12 (4.9+/-1.3 ng/mL versus 6.2+/-2.7 ng/mL for control and treatment groups, respectively; P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1938-1945
Number of pages8
JournalTheriogenology
Volume46
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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