Milk progesterone profiles were used to study the high incidence of embryonic mortality between 30 to 80 days after insemination in 91 cows in a single herd. The progesterone levels dropped to basal values at 46.7 +/- 1.37 days after service in 22 per cent of apparently pregnant cows. Embryo loss occurred significantly more frequently following services by one bull (Z). The mortality rates were 14/32 (44 per cent) in cows conceiving to Z compared with 8/73 (11 per cent) in cows conceiving to other bulls. There was no significant effect of the age of the cow or yield on the incidence of embryonic mortality.
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