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Vet Res Commun. 1981 Sep;5(1):85-90.

Pregnancy diagnosis in cattle by measuring vaginal electrical resistance.


The results of early pregnancy diagnosis using a milk progesterone assay and a measurement of electrical resistance of the vaginal mucosa made on 135 dairy cows in two herds are compared. The tests were carried out on the day of insemination and 21 days later. Ninety-eight cows were diagnosed as pregnant by both tests. Of these, 92 calved and there were 6 cases of suspected embryonic mortality. Thirty animals were diagnosed as non-pregnant by both tests and none calved. One cow, diagnosed as non-pregnant by the vaginal electrical resistance method, calved later. Of the remaining 6 cows, 4 had extended post-parturition anoestrus, one had cystic ovarian disease and another had a long oestrus cycle. The results of this study suggest that measurements of the electrical resistance of the vaginal mucosa in dairy cows may have a part to play in on-farm pregnancy diagnosis.

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