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Using vaginal discharge score (VDS) grading system to evaluate the effect of clinical endometritis on reproductive performance of dairy cows in China

  • Wang, Hongsheng1, 2
  • Yan, Zuoting3
  • Wu, Xiaohu3
  • Zhang, Yong1, 2
  • Wei, Yubing4
  • Zhao, Xingxu1, 2
  • 1 College of Veterinary Medicine, Gansu Agricultural University, Lanzhou, China
  • 2 Gansu Key Laboratory of Animal Generational Physiology and Reproductive Regulation, Lanzhou, China
  • 3 Lanzhou Institute of Husbandry and Pharmaceutical Sciences of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Lanzhou, China
  • 4 The Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Station of Ganzhou County, Zhangye, China
Published Article
Animal Reproduction
Colégio Brasileiro de Reprodução Animal
Publication Date
May 14, 2021
DOI: 10.1590/1984-3143-AR2020-0228
PMID: 34122652
PMCID: PMC8189348
PubMed Central
  • Original Article


Clinical endometritis (CE) is a major cause in affecting the reproductive performance of dairy cows. The objectives of this study were to ascertain the prevalence of CE and to evaluate the effect of CE on reproductive performance in dairy cows using vaginal discharge score (VDS) grading system. 803 dairy cows were examined by vaginoscope with 4-point VDS at 26 ± 3 days in milk (DIM) and classified into six groups: non-endometritis with VDS 0 (control; CON), endometritis with VDS 1 (MEM), non-treated endometritis with VDS 2 (NTME), treated endometritis with VDS 2 (TME), non-treated endometritis with VDS 3 (NTPE), and treated endometritis with VDS 3 (TPE). Cows in TME and TPE groups were treated with 200 mL of 50% dextrose solution by intrauterine infusion. The prevalence of CE was 33% at 26 ± 3 DIM. Binary logistic regression analysis revealed cows in MEM, NTME and NTPE groups had a less likelihood of first artificial insemination (AI) pregnancy than those in CON group ( P < 0.05). Kaplan-Meier survival curves for days open were statistically different ( P = 0.004). In Cox regression model, cows in NTME and NTPE groups had a reduced pregnancy rate than those in CON group ( P < 0.05). The hazard of pregnancy in NTME group was lower than that in TME group ( P = 0.044). Similarly, it was lower for the hazard of pregnancy in NTPE group than in TPE group ( P = 0.048). Cows in MEM, NTME, and NTPE groups required more services per pregnancy than those in CON group ( P < 0.05). In conclusion, CE examined by the VDS grading system impaired reproductive performance, and mild endometritis with VDS 1 should be treated in the early postpartum period to ameliorate fertility in dairy herds.

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