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Reproduction

Ruminant

OvuleAmong farm animals, ruminants present the longest reproductive cycles and the most unpredictable reproductive performance. Therefore, the way to manage reproduction in ruminants must be tailored to each animal’s needs. Over the past few years, medically assisted reproduction, with the systematization of the use of hormones and antibiotics, has become an accessible way to overcome these difficulties. Yet the economic risk of infertility and of an excessive herd renewal is currently major. Unlike the increase of veterinary costs, the fertility, fecundity and longevity of animals has steadily decreased in most races. It has become economically necessary to provide animals with suited nutritional support and to promote the return to successful breeding by focusing on the physiology of the animal itself.

Our approach is very practical. The first step consists of determining the animal populations that present risks of difficult reproduction (primiparous, difficult farrowing) and to provide them with upstream support. The second step involves monitoring reproduction and undertaking a scan control. This stage includes prompt and individual identification of animals that present an irregular reproductive cycle. Eventually, a specific nutritional specialty can be applied to support the breeding function at a deficient stage.

Solutions designed to support the animal and its difficulties in reproduction include: promotion of ta smooth farrowing; support of the involution process; contribution to a timely estrus; increased success rates at insemination.