The role of kisspeptins in vernal transition management in mares

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  • Published: 8 Jan 2014

  • Author(s): Norman, Scott , Scott, Christopher , McGrath, Briony , Loy, Jaymie , Collop, Tonya , Clulow, Jennifer

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The spring transition period is a phase all mares progress through annually as they emerge from winter anoestrus and commence regular reproductive cycles through spring and summer.
This report describes a significant development in the search for a practical approach to managing spring transition in the mare. Preliminary findings on the effects of kisspeptin infusion on follicle and hormonal dynamics in transitional mares are described, and recommendations made that may lead to improvements in the efficiency of equine breeding management.
The primary target audiences for this report are equine, animal and veterinary scientists.