Plasma progesterone profiles and variation in cyclic ovarian activity throughout the year in indigenous goats in Zimbabwe
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Llewelyn, C.A., Ogaa, J.S. and Obwolo, M.J. 1993. Plasma progesterone profiles and variation in cyclic ovarian activity throughout the year in indigenous goats in Zimbabwe. Animal Reproduction Science 30(4): 301-311.
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Eleven non-pregnant indigenous goats were bled three times a week from 1 June 1988 to 31 May 1989. They were fed hay ad libitum supplemented by concentrates, and housed indoors in single pens until November when the goats were divided between two large pens. Plasma progesterone profiles were used to calculate cycle length: 73.3% (99/135) of cycles with mean length of 22.0±0.3 days were classified as normal (N). N cycles had a mean luteal phase of 17.5±2 days followed by a peri-ovulatory period of 4.5±0.2 days. Cycles greater than 30 days long were classified as extended (E). These had normal length luteal phases followed by basal progesterone for 15.4±0.5 days (n=22) or 38.9±4.1 days (n=10) before the next cycle, giving cycle lengths of 33.6±7 days and 56.3±0.9 days, respectively. Four E cycles (mean length 117.0±30 days) had a persistent corpus luteum followed by basal progesterone of 17.8±5.6 days in duration. The distribution of N versus E cycles varied between animals and was significantly influenced by season (P