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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: EVALUATING THE ROLE OF ESTRADIOL DURING THE PRE-OVULATORY PERIOD ON FERTILITY IN BEEF CATTLE

Location: Livestock and Range Research Laboratory (LARRL)

Project Number: 5434-31000-017-10
Project Type: Specific Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jun 22, 2009
End Date: Dec 31, 2013

Objective:
To improve our understanding of the mechanism(s) by which pre-ovulatory estradiol concentration and a prolonged pro-estrus affect embryo development and pregnancy establishment in beef cattle.

Approach:
Mechanisms controlling fertility of single matings in beef cattle are poorly understood, especially cows that exhibit estrus. The scientists involved with this agreement from both institutions will share data and research efforts to identify mechanisms controlling fertility and their effects on early embryo development, pregnancy establishment and maintenance. This research will include evaluation of serum estradiol and luteinizing hormone collected from cows around the time of ovulation and the role of these hormones on oocyte maturation, fertilization, early embryo development, and the ability of differentially developed oocytes to establish viable pregnancies. The USDA-ARS, Fort Keogh, Miles City, MT, has a majority of the cattle used for these studies, and the research involved with these studies will occur at Fort Keogh.

Last Modified: 10/1/2014
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