|Diseases affecting your bulls can be particularly costly when they affect his fertility or the fertility of the breeding herd and may result in lower than acceptable conception rates or an extended joining in the herd.
Disease prevention is more effective and less costly than treatment. Once you have identified the risk from any particular animal health issue, decide whether to:
Use a cost benefit calculator, such as the one provided by MLA, to help decide whether prevention of some of the more commonly recurring diseases (e.g. bloat, grass tetany, clostridial diseases) is cost-effective.
Vaccinations are an important part of disease prevention in an animal health program to reduce production and fertility losses in your bulls.
Talk to your veterinarian or beef advisor:
Purchased bulls may be a source of introducing disease even when they appear healthy. All bulls should be vaccinated with:
*If in areas where this exists and may cause problems
Consult your veterinarians and draw up a policy for treating bulls on arrival and then annually.
All bulls should be tested to ensure they are not persistently infected (PI) or carriers of pestivirus (BVDV).