Male sex behavior and testosterone concentrations in gilts administered testosterone propionate

N. S. Scheffrahn, Romana Angelika Nowak, D. J. Kesler

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Abstract

Two gilts were administered testosterone propionate and their subsequent plasma testosterone concentrations and male sex behavior were recorded. These were compared to testosterone concentrations and male sex behavior in boars. Testosterone propionate (75 mg) was administered to the gilts every other day for 20 days (induction scheme) and every 10 days there-after (maintenance scheme). Concentrations of testosterone in plasma were elevated to concentrations detected in the boars during the induction scheme. During the maintenance scheme, concentrations of testosterone appeared to be lower than in boars. At 20, 30 and 40 days following the first injection, sniffing, nosing and mating song behaviors were exhibited by the testosterone treated gilts similar in frequency to the boars. Mounting behavior was first detected 30 days following the first testosterone propionate injection, and by day 40, the frequency of mounting was greater than observed in boars.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-302
Number of pages8
JournalTheriogenology
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1981

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Small Animals
  • Food Animals
  • Animal Science and Zoology
  • Equine

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