Failure of a single postpartum prostaglandin treatment to improve the reproductive performance of dairy cows

Aust Vet J. 1992 Jul;69(7):158-60. doi: 10.1111/j.1751-0813.1992.tb07500.x.


A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of postpartum prostaglandin treatment on reproduction in 3 seasonal calving dairy herds. Recently calved lactating dairy cows were paired on herd, age, calving date and previous production index. One cow in each of the 196 pairs received a single intramuscular injection of 25 mg of the prostaglandin analogue, dinoprost, between 14 and 28 days after calving. Subsequent reproduction was monitored. Within each herd and overall, there was no significant effect of treatment on the intervals from calving to first service, mating start date to first service, calving to conception, mating start date to conception and first service to conception. Treatment also had no significant effect on 21-day submission and pregnancy rates, on the proportion of each group not pregnant at the end of mating, and on first service pregnancy rates. Responses to treatment did not vary between cows calving within 50 days of mating start date and earlier calving cows or between cows aged less than 5 years and older cows.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Cattle / physiology*
  • Dinoprost / administration & dosage
  • Dinoprost / pharmacology*
  • Female
  • Fertility / drug effects*
  • Fertilization / drug effects
  • Injections, Intramuscular / veterinary
  • Postpartum Period / drug effects*
  • Postpartum Period / physiology
  • Probability
  • Reproduction / drug effects*


  • Dinoprost