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Veterinary Research

Year: 2013  |  Volume: 6  |  Issue: 5  |  Page No.: 105 - 108

Abortion Induction and Post-Abortion Oestrous Cycle Pattern Following Administration of Prostaglandin F2 Alpha in Sokoto Red Goats

M.U. Kawu, L.S. Yaqub, J.O. Ayo, P.I. Rekwot, B. Habibu, M. Tauheed, M.M. Suleiman, M. Shittu, T. Aluwong, H.I. Isa and A. Abdullahi


The aim of this study was to evaluate the features of induced abortion and post-abortion oestrous cycles pattern following treatment with prostaglandin F (PGF) in Sokoto Red (SR) goats. Twelve apparently healthy goats made up of 6 pregnant and 6 non-pregnant (cycling) does were used for the study. Each doe was given a single intramuscular injection of 7.5 mg PGF. All the 6 pregnant does treated with PGF aborted within 72.0±12.4 h post-treatment. Of the 6 does that aborted, 5 (83.3%) showed oestrus subsequently while 4 (66.7%) out of the 6 non-pregnant does were induced to oestrus. Time interval to induced oestrus was 129.6±36.1 and 50.0±11.5 h for the aborted and non-pregnant does, respectively. Mean duration of oestrus for the aborted and non-pregnant does was 46.9±9.6 and 38.7±4.3 h, respectively. The first and second post-abortion oestrous cycle lengths were 6.5±0.5 and 12.5±8.5 days, respectively. While the first and second post-treatment cycle lengths in the non-pregnant does was 22.5±1.2 and 21.3±0.3 days, respectively. It is concluded that a single dose of 7.5 mg PGF is sufficient to induce abortion and oestrus simultaneously in SR goats. However, the post-abortion cycles are short.