Development of a persistent ovarian follicle and associated elevated concentrations of 17beta-estradiol preceding ovulation does not alter the pregnancy rate after embryo transfer in cattle.

It was hypothesized that prolonged elevation in 17beta-estradiol (E(2)) preceding ovulation as a result of a persistent ovarian follicle would have a detrimental effect on pregnancy rate after Day 7 (behavioral estrus = Day 0) of the estrous cycle. Cows were either treated with exogenous progesterone (P(4)) for 10 d or remained untreated (CON; n = 76). Cows… CONTINUE READING