Authors: AHMET GÜMEN, GÜLNAZ MECİTOĞLU, ABDULKADİR KESKİN, EBRU KARAKAYA, ALİ ALKAN, UMUT TAŞDEMİR, HAYRETTİN OKUT
Abstract: Subclinical endometritis contributes to repeat breeder syndrome in dairy cows. This study evaluated the effect of intrauterine cephapirin benzathine administration after timed artificial insemination (TAI) on the conception rate (CR) in repeat breeder dairy cows. To determine the antibiotic effects, all cows (n = 335) that had more than 3 services with no clinical abnormalities of the reproductive tract received the same combined synchronisation protocol: an ear implant containing progestagen using the Ovsynch protocol and a third gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) administration 7 days after TAI. Cows in the treatment group (TRT; n = 160) received intrauterine cephapirin 12 h after TAI, and cows in the control group (CON; n = 175) did not receive intrauterine antibiotics. The percentage of cows that responded to the first (67.5% in TRT, 70.9% in CON) and second (98.8% in TRT, 97.1% in CON) GnRH of Ovsynch was similar between the groups. In addition, the response to the third GnRH administration after TAI (88.1% in TRT, 83.9% in CON) did not differ between the groups. However, there was no effect of the cephapirin administration on CR on days 31 and 62 in the repeat breeder cows (43.8% in TRT and 44.0% in CON; 39.4% in TRT and 40.6% in CON, respectively). Thus, post-TAI intrauterine cephapirin administration was not found to be useful for the treatment of potential subclinical endometritis in repeat breeder dairy cows.
Keywords: Repeat breeder, conception rate, endometritis, cephapirin, progesterone-based Ovsynch protocol
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