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Arquivo Brasileiro de Medicina Veterinária e Zootecnia
On-line version ISSN 1678-4162
SIQUEIRA, A.P. et al. Plasmatic progesterone and fertility of goats submitted at estrus synchronization with Prostaglandin F2α. Arq. Bras. Med. Vet. Zootec. [online]. 2012, vol.64, n.2, pp.305-310. ISSN 1678-4162. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-09352012000200008.
Plasmatic progesterone concentrations were evaluated during the synchronization protocol with two doses of 22.5µg of Prostaglandin F2α, 10-day interval, and the conception rate of females in accordance to the reply to the protocol. Twenty-three female goats and two sexually mature Toggenburg bucks were used. Blood was sampled on day 0 (1st PGF2α injection), and on the following days 5, 10 (2nd PGF2α injection), 15, 20, and 33. The positive reply to the PGF2α was determined when the progesterone concentrations fell to values below 1.5ng/mL at days 5 and 15. The females were divided in three groups: Group I: females that responded to the two PGF2α applications; Group II: females that responded only to the second application; Group III: females that responded the first application, did not respond to the second application, were inseminated but did not conceive. The presence of a functional corpus luteum at the moment of the applications determined the reply to the protocol. There was no difference in the conception rates between females that responded to the two PGF2α applications or responded only to the second application.
Keywords : goat; progesterone; Prostaglandin F2α; conception rate.