Physiological variations of reproduction parameters of Holstein-Friesian cows imported from Hungary to Northeastern Brazil

Authors

  • Balázs Bényei Universidade de Ciências Veterinárias, Instituto Experimental, Budapeste
  • Celso Walter Costa Barros Distrito de Irrigação do Projeto Senador Nilo Coelho, Petrolina, PE

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.1590/S1413-95962000000300008

Keywords:

Acclimatization, Superovulation, Heatstress, Holstein-Friesian breed, Reproduction

Abstract

Number of days between the calving and first estrus, ovarian volumes and superovulation results on performance of Holstein Friesian donor cows (n = 70) from a MOET center unit were analyzed in a two-years experiment for the environmental effects. In the experimental year 112.1 ± 30.5 days passed from calving to first estrus, which was significantly longer than in the control experiment (48 ± 12.0, p < 0.05). Results of ovarian volumes were also consistent with the theory that sexual activity of the donor cows is depressed by the acclimatization stress. The cows were superovulated. Responses were modeled with last square analysis of variance and differences were analyzed by ;c;² probe and t-test. Acclimatization period affects on the efficiency of superovulation treatment and embryo production. Number of ovulation (6.7 ± 3.5), good quality embryos (1.2 ± 1.5), collection efficiency (57.0%), and embryo recovery rate (46.3%) were significantly different from the control experiments. Continuously elevated environmental temperature and permanent lighting hours in the new environment during the one and a half year long adaptation period does appear to adversely affect reproductive responses of imported Holstein Friesian donor herd intensively managed in a MOET (Multiply Ovulation and Embryo Transfer) center.

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Published

2000-01-01

How to Cite

Bényei, B., & Barros, C. W. C. (2000). Physiological variations of reproduction parameters of Holstein-Friesian cows imported from Hungary to Northeastern Brazil. Brazilian Journal of Veterinary Research and Animal Science, 37(3), 216-220. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1413-95962000000300008

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VETERINARY MEDICINE