Theriogenology 2021 Jul 14;172:223-229. Epub 2021 Jul 14.
School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin, Ireland; AGRIC Teagasc Grange, Dunsany, Meath, Ireland. Electronic address:
This study was conducted to (i) evaluate the requirement for the administration of GnRH coincident with insertion of a progesterone-releasing intravaginal device (PRID) and (ii) the effect of supplementing with 400 IU eCG at PRID removal on pregnancy per AI (P/AI) in spring and autumn calving suckled beef cows, subjected to a 7-d CO-Synch + PRID timed artificial insemination (TAI) program. Suckled beef cows (n = 1408) on 62 commercial farms were enrolled and randomly assigned to either of three treatments: 1) cows received a PRID and 100 μg GnRH on Day -10, followed by 25 mg PGF at PRID removal (Day -3) and 100 μg GnRH 72 h later (Day 0) at TAI (Treatment 1; n: spring = 236, autumn = 248); 2) as Treatment 1, but without GnRH at PRID insertion on Day -10 (Treatment 2; n: spring = 232, autumn = 227); 3) as Treatment 1, but cows also received 400 IU eCG at PRID removal on Day -3 (Treatment 3; n: spring = 233, autumn = 232). At Day -10, ovaries were examined by ultrasonography to evaluate the presence or absence of a corpus luteum (CL) and follicle(s) ≥ 10 mm in diameter. Read More