EFEITO DA CICLICIDADE DE VACAS NELORE SOBRE AS TAXAS DE CONCEPÇÃO E DE PRENHEZ APÓS PROTOCOLOS DE SINCRONIZAÇÃO PARA INSEMINAÇÃO ARTIFICIAL EM TEMPO FIXO
Abstract: Palhano H.B., Jesus V.L.T., Abidu-Figueiredo M., Baldrighi J.M. & Mello M.R.B. [Effect of nellore cows ciclicity on conception and pregnant rates after synchronization protocols for fixed timed artificial insemination]. Efeito da ciclicidade de vacas nelores sobre as taxas de concepção e de prenhez após protocolos de sincronização para inseminação artificial em tempo fixo. Revista Brasileira de Medicina Veterinária, 34(1):63-68, 2012. Departamento de Biologia Animal, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro, BR 465 km 7, Seropédica, RJ 23890-000, Brasil. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org The present study evaluated the effect on conception and pregnancy rates of Nellore cows selected for Fixed Timed Artificial Insemination (FTAI) program, submitted to four synchronization protocols. Four hundred and ninety lactating females were used and assigned to eight groups: I-OvSynch, n=68, with selection of cycling cows; II-OvSynch + progesterone (P4 ), n=67, after selection of non-cycling animals; III-OvSynch, without selection, n=68; IV-OvSynch + P4 , without selection, n=67; V-Co-Synch, n=55, with selection of cycling cows; VI-Co-Synch + P4 , n=55, with selection non-cycling cows; VII- Co-Synch without selection, n=55; VIII- Co-Synch + P4 ,without selection, n=55. The conception and pregnancy rates were, respectively, 45.6%, 27.9% and 82.4%, 48.5% for groups I and III; 61.2%, 37.3% and 85.1%, 58.2% for groups II and IV; 43.6%, 25.5% and 80%, 41.8% for groups V and VII; 52.7%, 32.7% and 83.6%, 50.9% for groups VI and VIII. When compared these rates, the results after chi-square test showed significant difference (P < 0.05) among protocols with or without selection. There was no significant difference (P > 0.05) between OvSynch and Co-Synch protocols, with or without P4 and with selection, considering Co-Synch a viable option for optimization of FTAI. In conclusion, the selection of cows before FTAI program contributed significantly to improve the conception and pregnancy rates.