Ovarian Follicular Waves in Alpacas and Implications for Embryo Transfer Programs

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Alpaca female reproductive physiology, in comparison with other domestic species (cattle and sheep), is still considered to be under-researched and in its infancy. Nevertheless, there are commercial embryo transfer protocols available, but the ovarian response is characterised by being extremely variable and unpredictable. Embryo transfer in alpacas has not been critically and systematically studied. The reason behind is attributed to a lack funding and promotion of investigations in Peru and internationally. The aim of this article is to present a simple explanation on how ovarian follicular waves occur in alpacas. Understanding reproductive physiology is crucial for any reproductive program such as embryo transfer and artificial insemination.
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