Department of Animal Science


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2020 Nebraska Beef Cattle Report


Angus- based, yearling beef heifers were utilized to determine the effects of administering a second prostaglandin F2α (PGF; Lutalyse, Zoetis Animal Health, Parsippany, NJ) injection to heifers who did not previously respond to estrus synchronization. All heifers were exposed to a melengestrolacetate (MGA)- PGF protocol. Following PGF injection, heifers were observed for estrus (estrus detection patches rubbed) for 3 d and inseminated. Heifers who did not show signs of estrus were placed with fertile bulls. Aft er 3 d with bulls, heifers with greater than 50% of the rub- off coating removed from estrus detection aids were considered to have been bred. One- half of the heifers not showing estrus received a second PGF injection; the other half were the controls and received no further treatment. Heifers remained with bulls for 4 d. Percentage expressing estrus was greater for heifers receiving a second PGF injection. However, pregnancy rate was similar between treatments.