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‘She’s Cystic’: Treating Cystic Ovarian Disorders

Here’s a scenario for you: One of your best cows is due to be in heat but she never shows any clear signs. You scratch your head, jot down her number and make a note to have your veterinarian check her during your next herd health visit. When that day rolls around he breaks out the ultrasound machine, examines her and utters those two dreadful words – “She’s cystic.”

Sound familiar?

Unfortunately, ovarian cysts are one of the most common ovarian dysfunctions in dairy cattle. In fact, approximately one in 10 cows will become cystic at some point in her life. This reproductive disorder is not only frustrating to deal with, but it can also cause a considerable amount of economic loss, thanks to its ability to reduce an animal’s reproductive performance.

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February 17, 2021

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