Goat Reproductive Failure Psychological Factors

Psychological Factors

Any form of STRESS may result in a psychological and physiological causes of reproductive failure. Examples of stressful conditions include but are not limited to:
  • Natural mating (fighting, chasing) or artificial insemination (nervous female)
  • Isolation
  • Transportation
  • Heat/cold stress (can impact sex drive)
  • Trauma/injury
  • Semen collection (discomfort can reduce sex drive)

Regardless of the source of the stress, if an animal is under stress at a critical time, stress hormones including adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) and cortisol can reduce reproductive …