Journal article

Excretion rate of progesterone in milk and faeces in lactating dairy cows with two levels of milk yield

AR Rabiee, KL Macmillan, F Schwarzenberger

REPRODUCTION NUTRITION DEVELOPMENT | EDP SCIENCES S A | Published : 2001

Abstract

This study was conducted to measure the effect of the level of daily milk yield on the excretion rate of progesterone (P4) in milk and faeces in high-producing (HP) and low-producing (LP) lactating dairy cows. A GnRH-agonist was implanted to block endogenous production of P4. A CIDR device was inserted into the vagina and left in place for 11 days. The average and peak milk yields were greater in HP cows (P < 0.0001). Mean plasma concentrations of P4 were also similar in both groups (P = 0.44), even though the average mass of P4 delivered from a CIDR device was higher with HP cows (P = 0.02). Average milk P4 concentration was similar in both groups (P = 0.81), so that average daily excretion..

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