Retained bovine placenta – various treatments and their effects

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Milan Maletić
Filip Spasojević
Jovan Blagojević
Nevenka Aleksić
Slobodanka Vakanjac
Jelena Maletić
Janko Mrkun


Given the influence of retentio secundinarum (RS) on the reproductive performance of cows, the current work aimed to assess the effect of various approaches to the treatment of retained placenta on the main reproductive parameters, primarily on the interval from parturition to the first service, and the insemination index. The trial involved 120 dairy cows in which the placenta was not expelled within 24 h postpartum. The first group (G1, n=60) contained cows in which the retained placenta was not extirpated, but they were administered antibiotics. The second group (G2, n=60) comprised cows in which the placenta was removed manually, and were also administered antibiotics. At the end of the study, 53 cows remained in G1 and 54 cows in G2. According to medicament therapy, both groups were divided into three sub-groups treated with: procaine benzylpenicillin, chlortetracycline hydrochloride or ceftiofur. Comparison of the performance of G1 and G2 cows showed significantly better fertility parameters occurred in the animals from which the retained placenta was extracted manually. The pregnancy rate in the G2 group was remarkably higher than in the G1 group. The average service interval was significantly lower (p<0.05) in the G2 group compared to the G1 group. The best results were obtained with the i.m. administration of ceftiofur after the removal of the placenta.


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Maletić, M., Spasojević, F. ., Blagojević, J., Aleksić, N., Vakanjac, S., Maletić, J., & Mrkun, J. (2022). Retained bovine placenta – various treatments and their effects. Veterinarski Glasnik, 76(1).
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