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The effect on pregnancy rate of progesterone administration after manual reduction of twin embryos in dairy cattle.

Twin pregnancies are undesirable in dairy cattle as they increase the risk of abortion and have many negative effects on the profitability of the herd. The purpose of this study was to evaluate manual reduction of a twin embryo in dairy cows bearing unilateral twins. On day 34 of gestation, 33 cows were assigned to one of three treatment groups (n = 11 for each group): untreated cows (group control), amnion rupture (group AR), and amnion rupture plus treatment (intravaginal progesterone for 28 days) (group ART). A significantly higher (P = 0.0001) pregnancy loss rate was recorded in the AR group (100%, 11/11), than in the ART (54.5%, 6/11) and control (27.3%, 3/11) groups. In the ART group, one embryo survived amnion rupture and the cow bearing it had twins at parturition, while the remaining four cows delivered singletons. Our results suggest that the procedure of rupturing the amnion with progesterone supplementation may provide a satisfactory way for twin reduction in dairy cattle.[1]

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  1. The effect on pregnancy rate of progesterone administration after manual reduction of twin embryos in dairy cattle. López-Gatius, F. Journal of veterinary medicine. A, Physiology, pathology, clinical medicine. (2005) [Pubmed]
 
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