Economic comparison of timed artificial insemination and exogenous progesterone as treatments for ovarian cysts.

The objective of this study was to compare the economic benefits of timed artificial insemination (AI) and a progesterone insert as therapeutic treatments for cows diagnosed with cystic ovarian disease (COD). A secondary objective was to illustrate the use of a stochastic dynamic simulation model to fully account for all changes in revenues and costs affected by differences in treatments. First, 4 herds of 1,000 cows each were simulated until steady state. These cows were free from COD and inseminated based on estrus only. Herds differed by probability of estrus detection (46 or 70%) and days in milk (DIM) when nonpregnant cows were culled (330 or 400 d). Second, 3 herds were created with 1,000 nonpregnant cows at 90, 170, or 250 DIM. These cows were considered diagnosed with COD at the start of the simulation (d 0); no new cases of COD developed after d 0. Cows spontaneously recovered or were treated. Treatments were either timed AI or intravaginal device containing progesterone followed by PGF(2alpha) and then AI if estrus was detected. Effects of treatments were evaluated in 48 scenarios based on compliance of timed AI (82 or 100%), probability of estrus detection (46 or 70%), and DIM when nonpregnant cows were culled (330 or 400 d). As cows became pregnant or were replaced, the herd evolved into the associated steady-state herd. Seven scenarios resulted in less than 50% of cows conceiving before they were culled. The percentage of cows diagnosed with COD that calved again ranged from 14.0 to 74.4% and was significantly reduced when COD was diagnosed later in lactation. Treatments in all cases were more valuable than waiting for spontaneous recovery. The average values of timed AI (82 or 100% compliance) and the progesterone insert were 83.29 dollars, 86.83 dollars, and 71.89 dollars, respectively, compared with waiting for spontaneous recovery. Treatments were least beneficial at 90 DIM. The benefits of timed AI (82 or 100% compliance) compared with the progesterone insert, adjusted for DIM and days to culling, were 14.98 dollars and 21.53 dollars when the probability of estrus detection was 46%. At 70% probability of estrus detection, the benefits were 7.81 dollars and 8.34 dollars, respectively. Overall benefit of treatment by timed AI was 11.39 dollars greater than by progesterone insert.
AuthorsA De Vries, M B Crane, J A Bartolome, P Melendez, C A Risco, L F Archbald
JournalJournal of dairy science (J Dairy Sci) Vol. 89 Issue 8 Pg. 3028-37 (Aug 2006) ISSN: 1525-3198 [Electronic] United States
PMID16840619 (Publication Type: Comparative Study, Journal Article, Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't)
Chemical References
  • Fats
  • Progesterone
  • Dinoprost
  • Administration, Intravaginal
  • Animals
  • Cattle
  • Cattle Diseases (therapy)
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Dairying (economics, methods)
  • Dinoprost (administration & dosage)
  • Eating
  • Estrus Detection
  • Fats (analysis)
  • Female
  • Insemination, Artificial (economics, methods, veterinary)
  • Lactation
  • Milk (chemistry)
  • Ovarian Cysts (economics, therapy, veterinary)
  • Pregnancy
  • Progesterone (administration & dosage, economics)
  • Time Factors

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