1. The reproductive tract of the cow
- Morphology, structure and function
- Reproductive organs of the cow
- Anatomy of the ovary
- Anatomy of the oviduct
- Anatomy of the uterus. Horns and body
- Anatomy of the uterus. Cervix
- Function of the ovary
- Hypothalamic-pituitary axis
- Relationship between production and reproduction
- Examination of the reproductive tract by rectal palpation
- Artificial insemination
2. Oogenesis, follicular development and dynamics
- Follicular development
- Follicular dynamics
- Synchronisation protocols
3. Recognising structures
- Guide to identify ovarian structures
- General evaluation of the cycle
- Recognising ovarian structures
4. The puerperium
5. Pregnancy diagnosis by palpation
6. Ovarian and uterine disease
- Ovarian cyst
- Follicular cyst
- Luteal cyst
- Persistent follicle
- Post-partum anoestrus
- Mummified foetuses
- Embryonic reabsorption
- Other processes
This book helps the reader to interpret the reproductive status of the cow using an outstanding selection of photographs with an eminently practical focus. The carefully chosen images let the reader visualise what they are touching during an examination, and describe the more basic procedures, such as rectal palpation or artificial insemination. It also highlights the importance of using oestrus synchronisation protocols in routine reproductive practice.
Manuel Fernández Sánchez is holds a degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Zaragoza, Spain. For over 30 years, his professional career has always been related to the world of ruminants, from his training in Bristol, Belgium, and Scotland to his current position as a nutrition and reproduction technician in the Spanish region of Galicia.
He started at the National Association of Rasa Aragonesa Breeders (ANGRA), where he developed genetic improvement and reproduction programmes for meat sheep, and also worked in the Spanish region of Asturias on reproductive control and milk quality in cattle.
This professional experience in a wide range of business sectors, combined with his experience from clinical practice and from providing consultancy services in the field of dairy cattle reproduction has given him a broad view of veterinarians’ needs when it comes to resolving reproductive issues.
He currently works in Galicia coordinating nutrition projects, and he specialises in analysing data generated on farms through various online initiatives. He is the webmaster of consuvet.com and the creator of www.cowsulting.com, www.recetaveterinaria.com, and www.cowculations.com.
This atlas of images is the fruit of his labour, and brings together the work of a practitioner who knows what it means to face real problems in the field.