Accelerated lambing using exogenous progesterone and the ram effect.

J. E. Wheaton, H. F. Windels, Lee J Johnston

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An experiment was conducted to determine whether controlled internal drug release devices-type G (CIDR-G) could be used in conjunction with the ram effect to advance the breeding season and lambing and thereafter could be reapplied to stimulate breeding of ewes to produce a second lambing in late summer. Finn crossbred and Columbia ewes were treated with CIDR-G from July 6 to 18. Rams, which had been isolated from ewes, were joined with the flock upon CIDR-G removal. All 59 CIDR-G-treated ewes exhibited estrus, and 55 lambed from breeding within a 30-d period after CIDR-G withdrawal. Eighteen of 19 contemporary control ewes (no CIDR-G) were bred, and 16 lambed. Ewes that had lambed from the CIDR-G and control groups were retreated as before, with CIDR_G inserted March 1 and withdrawn March 13, concomitant with sudden exposure to rams. Of 55 CIDR-G-treated sheep, 53 were bred and 45 lambed. All 16 control ewes were bred and lambed. A second experiment was conducted to determine whether treatment with CIDR-G and the ram effect was effective in mid-spring. The CIDR-G were applied for 12 d and removed on May 1 or 6 from Finn crossbred, Columbia, and Polypay ewes. Rams were introduced upon CIDR-G withdrawal. Of 59 CIDR-G-treated ewes, 58 exhibited estrus and 45 lambed. Twenty-three of 30 contemporary control ewes were bred, and 20 lambed.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2628-2635
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of animal science
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1992


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