2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Comparison of Pregnancy Tests in Cattle Using BOVIPREG and Ultrasound For Better Production Of Cattle
Daniel G. Cook
Dr. Glenn R. Wehner, Faculty Mentor

This study investigated the efficacy of chute-side early pregnancy test recently developed in Canada, the BOVIPREG. Utilizing a random design, 9 beef females were synchronize and artificially bred 18 days prior to testing. We compared the BOVIPREG unit utilizing blood and milk samples to more costly ultrasound pregnancy checks. Milk and blood for 7 lactating females and blood for 2 non-lactating heifers was tested. While BOVIPREG results developed, ultrasound was used to detect a fetus in utero. ANOVA analysis and mean separation was conducted with ultrasound serving as a control and blood test or milk test as treatments. Analysis indicated that both blood and milk samples were comparable (p<.05) to ultrasound detection of pregnancy confirming the overall ease of application under field conditions. In conclusion, BOVIPREG appears to be comparable to ultrasound pregnancy detection in beef cattle, especially at 18-25 days after insemination.

Keywords: BOVIPREG, lactating or non-lactating, overall ease of application under field conditions, Blood and milk samples, Ultrasound fetus in utero

Topic(s):Agricultural Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 6-2
Location: GEO
Time: 3:30

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