Printer Friendly

Ultrasonography use in the reproduction of the Kazakh white-headed breed cows.


Cost-effective management of highly productive beef cattle breeding is only possible with the maximum use of the reproductive potential of animals breeding stock [1] reports that economic efficiency of beef cattle breeding mainly depends on calves yield per 100 heads of the reproductive part of the herd.

As noted in Studentsov et al. [2], diagnosis of pregnancy is paramount and mandatory in every household involved in breeding.

The current cattle livestock production systems require a reliable and effective method of diagnosing early pregnancy and abnormalities of the reproductive tract that would make it possible to substantially improve farms' economic results due to early detection of dry animals and causes of infertility. Trans-rectal ultrasonography is such a method.

References [3-13] draw attention to the fact that trans-rectal ultrasonography ensures detection of early pregnancy, diagnosing reproduction diseases and continuous monitoring of fetal development. Revolutionary significance of ultrasonography for breakthrough in research on cattle breeding is also noted in Williams [14]. The possibility of determining pregnancy on the 30th day after fertilization is in line with the data of Hansar et al. [15]. The article of magazine describes the possibility of determining pregnancy as early as on the 26th day after insemination.

As reported in Zinullin; Bozymov et al. [16,17], out of the specialized beef breeds in the Republic of Kazakhstan the most widely used one is the Kazakh white-headed breed created in the period 1930-1950 by reproductive crossing of Kazakh and Kalmyk breeds of cows and their hybrids with Hereford bulls.

Wide spread of the breed shows its genetic diversity and strength of constitution. The animals feature heavy body weight, sufficient milking capacity, high slaughter yield, good quality of meat, and at the same time good adaptability to breeding in harsh conditions of the extreme continental climate.

The aim of our study was to use a portable digital diagnostic apparatus in trans-rectal ultrasound study of early pregnancy in cows and heifers of the Kazakh white-headed breed of cattle, on the basis of the data obtained, to characterize the advantages of using the method of cows' genitals ultrasonography in beef cattle breeding in the West Kazakhstan region.


This research experiment was performed between April and November, 2014 at the "Bakhyt" farm in the Terektinsky district of the West Kazakhstan region, which is the mainly specialized in breeding the Kazakh white-headed breed of cattle.

In course of diagnostics, we used disposable PET gloves for rectal examination and a portable digital diagnostic (veterinary) apparatus KH 5200 with rectal linear sensor.

For studying uterus, according to [18,19], the oscillation frequency was set between 5.0 and 7.5 MHz, the depth of ultrasound penetration for each animal was individually selected between 10 and 15 cm, for studying ovary the frequency was 7.5 to 9.0 MHz, and the depth of ultrasound penetration--15 to 20 cm.

The working surface of the sensor was smeared with sound-conducting gel, and the sensor was introduced into the rectum, and cervix, body, uterine horns, and ovaries were scanned step by step. In order to comply with the rules of aseptics and antiseptics, chlorhexidine (0.05%) was used. On the screen, continuous image of the structure located beneath the work surface of the sensor was obtained.

Positive pregnancy diagnosis was based on visual assessment of the cavity and uterine horn structure, namely, appearance of echo-positive structure surrounded by echo-negative amniotic fluid.

When calculating cost-effectiveness of early detection of pregnancy, the amount of losses was calculated, which includes the cost of the lost calf and cost of keeping a dry cow.

The cost of the lost calf is calculated as the product of gain in beef cattle and a hundredweight of live weight of higher fatness cattle.

Cost of keeping a dry cow mainly consists of the cost of forage per day. The cost of forage per day, in turn, consists of the cost of the daily ration, and the cost of feed distribution, care and keeping.

Results and Discussion

Throughout the whole cavity of the pregnant uterus horn, echo-negative structure (liquid) was visualized; in some cases, an embryo in the form of echo-positive formation (Figure 1).

On the basis of the obtained pictures, one can not only diagnose early pregnancy in cows but also monitor fetal development (Figures 2-4), as well as identify some indicators that point to fetus viability, which are of great practical importance for perinatal diagnostics.

So, on the 28th day of pregnancy heartbeat of the embryo is recorded, and on the 30th-32nd day it is well identified, since it is surrounded by echo-negative amniotic fluid. Starting with the 33rd-35th day, echo-positive arc-form lines are visualized embryo shells. On the 33rd-36th day of pregnancy, the locomotor activity of the fetus is detected, on the 37th day the placenta becomes visible. After the 40th day, contours of the embryo are well detected. Starting from the 41st-42nd day, first ossification centers in the vertebrae, ribs, jaw, femur, and humerusis are observed as hyperechoic lines. From the 43rd day, echo-negative formation of round shape becomes visible in the area of the head, i.e., eyeballs (Table 1).

Embryo gender may also be defined starting from the 45th to the 70th day of pregnancy, paying attention to the type of genital tubercle rudiment localization--caudal or cranial (Figure 5).

Farms can use this information in many ways. Information about embryo gender will help to make a sales contract, which will allow them to sell a pregnant cow at a higher price. The practice confirms that farmers want to have this information, which makes it possible to make decisions about rejecting low-income or ill cows and about herd planning, as well as to determine which cows are to be put into individual boxes.

Calculation of cost-effectiveness of early pregnancy detection for the "Bakhyt" farm in the West Kazakhstan region has shown that the cost of a calf is $190.94; farm's loss from a dry cow is $0.93 per day. Farm's total loss from one dry animal for the entire reproductive cycle will be $486.45 per animal.

Use of ultrasonography for pregnancy diagnostics makes it possible to early obtain the result of insemination and either to re-inseminate or reject the animal. The service period is at least 30 days shorter, i.e., the information about pregnancy is obtained 30 days earlier. Thus, we can ascertain economic efficiency of using ultrasonography for diagnosing pregnancy in farming production.


Using ultrasonography, we managed not only to visualize the gynecological organs but also to obtain valuable diagnostic information about the size of internal structures, including localization and morphotype in cows and heifers of the Kazakh white-headed breed. During the experiment it was found that fetal gender can be determined with ultrasonography, starting from the 45th day of pregnancy.

This article has been developed in the framework of the rendering services for implementation and dissemination of knowledge within the framework of the innovative project in the field of agribusiness in the West Kazakhstan region performed in accordance with the Law of the Republic of Kazakhstan dated July 8, 2005 "About State Regulation of development of agriculture complex and rural areas" according to the budget program 255019000 "Management of agricultural area Spreading and implementation of innovative practices" according to the specifics 159 "Payment for other services and activities." on the topic: "Introduction of biotechnological methods for improving reproduction of beef cattle in the "Bakhyt" farm in the Terektinsky district of the West Kazakhstan region".


[1.] Ardayev VD (2006) The technology of growing replacement heifers of the Kazakh white-headed breed in the conditions of Buryatia, abstract from thesis of Candidate of Agricultural Sciences, V.R. Filippov Buryatskaya State Agricultural Academy, Ulan Ude, p. 3.

[2.] Studentsov AP, Shipilov VS, Nikitin VY, Mirolyubov MG, Subbotina LG, etal. (2005) Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Animal Reproduction Bioengineering. Moscow: KolosS, p. 178.

[3.] Beal WE, Perry RC, Corah LR (1992) The use of ultrasound in monitoring reproductive physiology of beef cattle. Journal of Animal Sciences 70: 924-929.

[4.] Dyulger GP, Ogorodnikova IV, Elkin PA (2003) Ultrasound diagnostics of early pregnancy and infertility in cows. Veterinarian 3: 14-17.

[5.] Shabanov AM, Zorina AI, Tkachev-Kuzmin AA, Zueva NM, Kaidanovskaya NA (2005) Ultrasound Diagnostics of Internal Diseases in Small Domestic Animals. Moscow: KolosS, pp. 5-19.

[6.] Andreev GM, Pudovkin DI, Plemyashov KV, Fogel LS, Berkovich AM (2007) Influence of ligfol on cows and their fertility. Veterinary Medicine 1: 9-11.

[7.] Bogdanova MA (2008) Development of a Technology for Manufacturing and use of Immunologic Test for Diagnosing Pregnancy and Infertility in Cows, Thesis of Candidate of Biological Sciences, Ulynovsk State Agricultural Academy, Ulyanovsk, pp. 1-18.

[8.] Purohit G (2010) Methods of pregnancy diagnosis in domestic animals: The current status. Reproduction 1(12): WMC001305.

[9.] Kulistikova T (2010) Ostensible diagnosis. Agroprofy 8: 36-40.

[10.] Altun O, Gurbulak K (2011) A comparison of diagnosis of early pregnancy in dairy cows via transrectal and transvaginal ultrasound scanning. Journal of Veterinary Medicine Faculty, Erciyes University 8(1): 17-21.

[11.] Abdullah M, Mohanty TK, Kumaresan A, Mohanty AK, Madkar AR (2014) Early pregnancy diagnosis in dairy cattle: Economic importance and accuracy of ultrasonography. Advances in Animal and Veterinary Sciences 2(8): 464.

[12.] Dawson J (2010) The merits and benefits of ultrasound and herd fertility visits. International Dairy Topics 9(6): 15-16.

[13.] Cengic B, Varatanovic N, Mutevelic T, Katica A, Mlaco N, et al. (2012) Normal and abnormal uterine involution in cows monitored by ultrasound. Biotechnology in Animal Husbandry 28(2): 205-217.

[14.] Williams AR (2002) Ultrasound applications in beef cattle carcass research and management. Journal of Animal Sciences 80: E183-E188.

[15.] Hansar E, Lemma A, Yilma T (2014) Pre-service ultrasonic and manual evaluation of the reproductive organs of dairy cows presumed to be in estrus. SpringerPlus 3: 529.

[16.] Zinullin AZ (2011). Hornless Cattle of the Kazakh White-Headed Breed. Almaty: TST-Company, p. 7.

[17.] Bozymov KK, Nasambaev EG, Bozymova RU (2014) Zonal Type of the Kazakh White-Headed Breed of Cattle in the Western Kazakhstan. Uralsk: The West Kazakhstan Agrarian Technical University n.a. Zhangir-khan, p. 11.

[18.] Ernst L, Japaridze T, Varnavsky A (2008) Organization of reproduction of highly productive cows. Dairy and Meat Cattle Breeding 4: 5-8.

[19.] Pashchenko EA, Shevtsov FI (2008) Diagnostics of pregnancy. Dairy and Meat Cattle Breeding 5: 28-29.

Kazybay Karayevich Bozymov *, Edige Nassambayev, Alibi Naukhanovich Bayakhov, Assel Kuttbaevna Sultanova

West-Kazakhstan Agrarian-Technical University named after Zhangir Khan, 51 Zhangir Khan Street, Uralsk 090009, Republic of Kazakhstan

* Corresponding author: Bozymov KK, Western Kazakhstan Agrarian-technical University named after Zhangir Khan, 51 Zhangir Khan Street, Uralsk 090009, Republic of Kazakhstan

Received: January 26, 2015; Accepted: February 22, 2015; Published: April 13, 2015

Table 1: Pregnancy duration by a set of indicators

Duration of               Set of indicators

                Embryo      Heart   Fluid   Motion   Shells
              length (cm)

26-29          up to 1.0      +       -       -        -
30-32           1.0-1.2       +       +       -        -
33-35           1.2-1.4       +       +       +        +
36-37           1.4-1.6       +       +       +        +
38-40           1.6-2.0       +       +       +        +
41-42           2.0-2.3       +       +       +        +
43-45           2.3-2.7       +       +       +        +

Duration of             Set of indicators

              Placenta   Umbilical   Organs,   Eyeball
                           cord       bones

26-29            -           -          -         -
30-32            -           -          -         -
33-35            +           -          -         -
36-37            +           -          -         -
38-40            +           +          -         -
41-42            +           +          +         -
43-45            +           +          +         +
COPYRIGHT 2015 HATASO Enterprises, LLC
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2015 Gale, Cengage Learning. All rights reserved.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:Research Article
Author:Bozymov, Kazybay Karayevich; Nassambayev, Edige; Bayakhov, Alibi Naukhanovich; Sultanova, Assel Kutt
Publication:Biology and Medicine
Article Type:Report
Geographic Code:9KAZA
Date:Apr 1, 2015
Previous Article:Application of supercritical water oxidation to the utilization of persistent organic pollutants and related environmental toxicity.
Next Article:Growth and development of lambs of the Akzhaik sheep depending on selection.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2018 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters