Synchronisation, using a combination of gonadotrophin-releasing hormone and prostaglandin F2α injections, is commonly used to control the reproductive cycle of dairy cows. A simple model that could predict the monetary return from synchronisation would be a valuable tool in determining whether it would be worthwhile. This study used data from three controlled clinical trials to investigate the effects of six factors (interval between calving and synchronisation, 21-day submission rate, number of cows synchronised, average age, pregnancy rate of non-synchronised cows and season) on the return from synchronisation. The results suggests that the herd’s submission and pregnancy rates, the time between calving and synchronisation, and the number of cows synchronised can all significantly affect the return from synchronisation, but only time since calving significantly affected the return in all three trials. They also suggest that there is no simple linear relationship between these factors and the return from synchronisation.
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