Dairy Science Department
BS in Dairy Science
The objective of this literature review was to determine the potential causes and factors affecting the incidence of ovarian cysts in dairy cattle as well as to examine functionality of various preventative methods and treatments of cysts. The end product was to be a document outlining all the information available on the three different types of cysts that can develop on the bovine ovary, follicular cysts, luteal cysts, and cystic corpora lutea. The literature that was reviewed, most in the forms of research papers, articles, and reviews, came primarily from scientific journals and published books. The literature reviewed was only taken from sources with authors who were widely considered to be experts on the subject matter. From the finished literature review, further observations and conclusions could be made so that the subject of cystic ovaries in cattle is understood more fully.