Kentucky Equine Research has released another informative article about how age affects fertility in mares:
Mare, mare, quite contrary, how do your follicles grow?
Perhaps more importantly, how does the growth of follicles—the small sac on the ovary from which an egg is released—change with each passing year of a mare’s reproductive career? This and other questions related to the aging equine reproductive tract were recently asked by a group of specialists*. Their goal was to better understand how age affects the fertility of broodmares.
“Aside from embryo transfer, highly valuable mares can only produce one foal each year. Having an improved understanding of how ageing impacts the reproductive system will permit owners to continue breeding their mares longer,” explained Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., who works for Kentucky Equine Research (KER).
Like other organ systems, such as the gastrointestinal and musculoskeletal systems, age negatively affects certain features and functions of the reproductive system. For example, in the aforementioned study, the research team relayed the following:
...To read the full article from Kentucky Equine Research, click here.