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Exposure of beef females to the biostimulatory effects of bulls with or without deposition of seminal plasma prior to AI.
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PMID:  22763235     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
The objective of this experiment was to evaluate the biostimulatory effect of bull exposure, with or without the deposition of seminal plasma, on expression of estrus and pregnancy rate to AI in cattle. Beef heifers (n=86) and cows (n=193) were allocated to one of three treatments: (1) no bull exposure (CON; n=95), (2) exposure to a bull with a surgically-deviated penis for 21d prior to AI (DB; n=88), or (3) exposure to a vasectomized bull for 21d prior to AI (VB; n=96). The DB treatment provided the physical presence of a bull but prevented intromission, whereas the VB treatment allowed for intromission and deposition of seminal plasma but not spermatozoa. The estrous cycles of all females were synchronized using the Select Synch+CIDR protocol (GnRH+CIDR-7d-CIDR removal+PGF(2α), detection of estrus+AI 12h later for 84h-clean-up TAI+GnRH). Pregnancy was detected via transrectal ultrasonography on d 35 post-AI. At the onset of the experiment, 75.7% of heifers and 86.1% of cows were estrous cycling. The percentages of females that displayed estrus were similar (P>0.05) among treatments (71.4%, 76.8%, and 74.4% for CON, DB, and VB, respectively). Pregnancy rates tended to be greater (P=0.06) in females in the DB treatment (60.5%) compared to females in the VB treatment (42.2%), with the control group intermediate (49.5%). In conclusion, biostimulation did not affect the expression of estrus but females exposed to the DB treatment tended to have an increased pregnancy rate.
K E Pfeiffer; J A Binversie; J D Rhinehart; J E Larson
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  Animal reproduction science     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-2232     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
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Created Date:  2012-7-5     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7807205     Medline TA:  Anim Reprod Sci     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences, Mississippi State University, 240 Wise Center Drive, Mississippi State, 39762 MS, USA.
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