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Sales J.N.S.,University of Sao Paulo | Crepaldi G.A.,University of Sao Paulo | Girotto R.W.,RG Genetica Avancada | Souza A.H.,University of Sao Paulo | Baruselli P.S.,University of Sao Paulo
Animal Reproduction Science | Year: 2011

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of a single treatment with FSH on diameter of the largest follicle and on conception rates of suckled Bos indicus beef cows submitted to timed artificial insemination (TAI). Four hundred fifty-six suckled anestrous Nelore beef cows at 30-60 days postpartum were assigned to treatments. At the first day of the estrous synchronization protocol (Day 0), all cows received a progesterone-releasing intravaginal device plus 2. mg of estradiol benzoate. On Day 8, cows were assigned to blocks according to the diameter of the largest follicle and then allocated to one of three treatment groups (Control, FSH, or eCG) within each block. Simultaneously to progesterone device withdrawal on Day 8, cows in the eCG treatment group (n= 150) received 300. IU of eCG and cows in FSH treatment group (n= 153) received 10. mg of FSH, and Control cows (n= 153) did not receive any additional treatment. Additional treatments with 150. μg of cloprostenol and 1. mg of estradiol cypionate (EC) were also administered concurrently to progesterone device removal in all cows on Day 8. Two days later (D10), TAI and ovarian ultrasonic examinations to evaluate follicle size were performed in all cows. On Day 12, a subset of cows (n= 389) were submitted a second ultrasonic exam to confirm ovulation. Final follicular growth (mm/day) was less (P= 0.006) in both Control (0.95 ± 0.11) and in FSH-treated cows (0.90 ± 0.10) than in eCG-treated cows (1.40 ± 0.13). Interestingly, there was a treatment-by-BCS interaction in ovulation results (P= 0.03), in which, eCG treatment increased percentage of cows having ovulations with a lesser BCS. Similarly, there was a treatment-by-BCS interaction for conception (P= 0.04), where the eCG treatment increased fertility in cows with a lesser BCS. In conclusion, FSH failed to stimulate final follicular growth, ovulation, and conception rate in sucked-anestrous beef cows submitted to TAI as effectively as eCG. However, physiological effects of eCG seem to be more evident in cows with a lesser BCS. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. Source

Sa Filho M.F.,University of Sao Paulo | Girotto R.,RG Genetica Avancada | Abe E.K.,Agropecuaria Abe | Penteado L.,Firmasa | And 5 more authors.
Journal of Animal Science | Year: 2012

Three experiments were designed to evaluate methods to optimize the use of sex-sorted sperm in timed AI (TAI) programs for suckled beef cows. In all 3 experiments, suckled Bos indicus cows were synchronized using an intravaginal progesterone (P4) device during 8 d and a 2.0-mg injection of intramuscular estradiol benzoate (EB) at device insertion. The females received PG and eCG (300 IU) at P4 device removal and 1.0 mg of EB 24 h later. The cows were inseminated 60 to 64 h after P4 device withdrawal. All cows had their ovaries scanned by transrectal ultrasound at TAI to indentify and to measure the largest follicle (LF) present. In Exp. 1, a total of 853 cows had their LF classified as <9 mm or ≥9 mm at the time of TAI; these cows were then randomly assigned to 4 groups according to their LF diameter (<9 mm or ≥9 mm) and the type of sperm used (sex-sorted or non-sex-sorted). There was an interaction (P = 0.02) between the type of sperm and LF diameter beginning at TAI[non-sex-sorted ≥9 mm = 58.9%a (126/214); non-sex-sorted <9 mm = 49.5%b (106/214);sex-sorted ≥9 mm = 56.8%ab (134/236); and sex-sorted <9 mm = 31.2%c (59/189), a≠b≠c = P < 0.05]. In Exp. 2, suckled cows (n = 491) were classified immediately before TAI as having displayed estrus or not (estrus or no estrus) between P4 device removal and TAI. These cows were randomly assigned to 4 groups according to the occurrence of estrus and the type of sperm (sex-sorted or non-sex-sorted). There were effects of the occurrence of estrus (P = 0.0003) and the type of sperm (P = 0.05) on pregnancy per AI [P/AI; no estrus, non-sex-sorted = 43.6% (27/62); estrus, non-sex-sorted = 58.5%; (107/183); no estrus, sex-sorted = 33.9% (21/62), and estrus, sex-sorted = 50.0% (92/184)]; however, no interaction between the occurrence of estrus and type of sperm was observed (P = 0.87). In Exp. 3, a total of 200 suckled cows presenting LF ≥9 mm at TAI were randomly assigned to receive sex-sorted sperm deposited into the uterine body (n = 100) or into the uterine horn ipsilateral to the recorded LF (n = 100). No effect of deeper AI on P/AI was found (P = 0.57). Therefore, the LF diameter at TAI and the occurrence of estrus can be used as selection criteria to identify cows with greater odds of pregnancy to receive sex-sorted sperm in TAI programs. In addition, performing TAI with sex-sorted sperm deeper into the uterus did not alter the pregnancy results. © 2012 American Society of Animal Science. All rights reserved. Source

Sa Filho M.F.,University of Sao Paulo | Marques M.O.,Geraembryo | Girotto R.,RG Genetica Avancada | Santos F.A.,RG Genetica Avancada | And 3 more authors.
Theriogenology | Year: 2014

Two experiments were designed to evaluate the use of resynchronization (RESYNCH) protocols using a progestin-based timed artificial insemination (TAI) protocol in beef cattle. In experiment 1, 475 cyclic Nelore heifers were resynchronized 22 days after the first TAI using two different inducers of new follicular wave emergence (estradiol benzoate [EB; n = 241] or GnRH [n = 234]) with the insertion of a norgestomet ear implant. At ear implant removal (7 days later), a pregnancy test was performed, and nonpregnant heifers received a dose of prostaglandin plus 0.5 mg of estradiol cypionate, with a timed insemination 48 hours later. The pregnancy rate after the first TAI was similar (P = 0.97) between treatments (EB [41.9%] vs. GnRH [41.5%]). However, EB-treated heifers (49.3%) had a greater (P = 0.04) pregnancy per AI (P/AI) after the resynchronization than the GnRH-treated heifers (37.2%). In experiment 2, the pregnancy loss in 664 zebu females (344 nonlactating cows and 320 cyclic heifers) between 30 and 60 days after resynchronization was evaluated. Females were randomly assigned to one of two groups (RESYNCH 22 days after the first TAI [n = 317] or submitted only to natural mating [NM; n = 347]). Females from the NM group were maintained with bulls from 15 to 30 days after the first TAI. The RESYNC-treated females were resynchronized 22 days after the first TAI using 1 mg of EB on the first day of the resynchronization, similar to experiment 1. No difference was found in P/AI (NM [57.1%] vs. RESYNC [61.5%]; P = 0.32) or pregnancy loss (NM [2.0%] vs. RESYNC [4.1%]; P = 0.21) after the first TAI. Moreover, the overall P/AI after the RESYNCH protocol was 47.5%. Thus, the administration of 1 mg of EB on day 22 after the first TAI, when the pregnancy status was undetermined, promotes a higher P/AI in the resynchronized TAI than the use of GnRH. Also, the administration of 1 mg of EB 22 days after the TAI did not affect the preestablished pregnancy. © 2014 Elsevier Inc. Source

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