Uterine inflammation of the postpartum cow. Easier said than done...

Keywords: reproductive efficiency, calving interval, diagnostic methods, postpartum


Reproductive efficiency is one of the most important factors determining the genetic progress and productivity of cattle herds. To maintain acceptable reproductive efficiency, it is necessary for cows to have a calving interval of less than 400 days; a calving-conception interval of less than 110 days and less than 3 services per conception. Reproductive efficiency largely depends on the health and fertility of the herd. Postpartum uterine inflammation (metritis/endometritis/pyometra) is one of the main causes of poor reproductive performance in dairy and dual purpose herds. This condition results in low pregnancy rates, high number of services per conception, long postpartum intervals, high culling rates, and substantial economic losses (Gilbert et al., 2016). There is a great discrepancy in the criteria for diagnosis and treatment of puerperal metritis in dairy farms. In the case of endometritis, the situation is even more critical, because diagnosis is not routinely carried out at the field level, which limits the timely establishment of treatments and preventive management measures.


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Roberto Palomares, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Georgia, USA

M.V. M. Sc. PhD


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How to Cite
Palomares, Roberto. 2022. “Uterine Inflammation of the Postpartum Cow. Easier Said Than done. ”. Latin American Archives of Animal Production 30 (Supl. 2), 31-49. https://doi.org/10.53588/alpa.300604.