Effect of the Interval From Prostaglandin F2alpha Treatment to Ovulation on Reproductive Efficiency Rates in a Commercial Equine Embryo Transfer Program.


Cátedra de producción Equina, Universidad Nacional de La Rioja, Argentina, Chamical, La Rioja. Electronic address: [Email]


In the present study, 2.228 cycles of 180 Polo Argentino donor mares from an embryo transfer program in Argentina were examined to evaluate the effects of: (1) Interval from Prostaglandin F2alpha analog treatment to ovulation (ITO) on embryo recovery rate (ERR); (2) ITO on number of embryos per flushing (EPF); (3) ITO on multiple ovulation (MO) rate; (4) ITO from donor mare on pregnancy rate (PR) in recipient mares. Mares were inseminated with fresh semen from 31 fertile stallions in the induced estrus. Embryo flushing was performed 7-8 days postovulation. Following embryo flushing, donor mares were treated with prostaglandin F2alpha analog (cloprostenol 250 μg). The ERR increased along with the ITO (P = .01), with the lowest ERR (30.7%) for mares with an ITO of <4 days, and the highest (78.3%) in mares with an ITO of 10 days. The ITO from the donor mare in which the embryo was recovered did not have a significant effect on PR: ITO <6, 6 to 10, and >10 days were 74.6, 81.4, and 77.3%, respectively. The number of EPF and MO rate increased gradually along with the ITO (P < .05). In conclusion, the results of this study indicated that the ITO is positively correlated with the embryo recovery and the multiple ovulation rate.


Embryo transfer,Interval treatment-ovulation,Mare,Multiple ovulation,Prostaglandin F2α,

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