Increased plasma LH levels in seasonally anovular merino ewes following the introduction of rams

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Abstract

Seven seasonally anovular Merino ewes, isolated from rams, were bled every 10 min for 12 h. Rams were introduced the following day, after a further 2 h of sampling every 10 min, and samples were taken for the following 10 h. Three days after the introduction of rams, the ewes underwent laparoscopy, and four had ovulated. Radioimmunoassay of plasma samples revealed pulsatile rhythms in the concentration of LH, with the frequency of pulses varying between ewes, from about once hourly to once every 10 h. Upon the introduction of rams, LH secretion increased within 10 min in six ewes, of which four ovulated within 3 days. There is apparently a relationship between the pattern of LH secretion after introducing the rams, and the ovulatory response that can be expected.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-132
Number of pages8
JournalAnimal Reproduction Science
Volume3
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1980

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