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Apparent decline in fertility in heifers after repeated oestrus synchronisation with cloprostenol
  1. JM Morrell,
  2. DE Noakes,
  3. E Zintzaras and
  4. DW Dresser
  1. National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London.


Over several years groups of heifers which were repeatedly treated with the PGF2 alpha analogue, cloprostenol, to synchronise oestrus were artificially inseminated. When sperm treatment was optimised, a reduction in conception rate was observed which was related to the number of synchronisation treatments the animals had received. Although factors such as a seasonal reduction in fertility may have contributed to the effect, there appeared to be a decrease in the proportion of animals becoming pregnant after successive synchronisations. Possible explanations for this observation are suggested.

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