Almost all bulls that are unsound for breeding can be detected during an examination for breeding soundness.
When to check [14,17]
|Just before joining||– To further reduce the risk of infertility affecting joining, the health of each bull should be checked at least 2 months before joining
– Owners can cull obvious abnormal bulls (e.g. lameness, hip arthritis) prior to testing
– An experienced cattle veterinarian should check basic factors as well as conduct more comprehensive testing. Vets should be performing a bull breeding soundness examination (BBSE) just before joining. This enables sufficient time to replace any bulls if needed, and assists financial budgeting processes
|During joining||– Pay special attention to 1st year joining bulls
– Observe the bull to ensure he is fit, able and working well
– Check 3–4 times per week during joining and more frequently during the first cycle of joining
– If a bull does break down or is suspect, remove, treat or replace so as to cause minimal disruption to your joining program
|Post joining||– At pregnancy testing any results that are not satisfactory should be followed up to determine the reasons. This is especially important with high value bulls and when examination is needed for insurance|
|What to check [12,14]
This is a list of factors you may want to examine in your bull. You can check some of these things, whilst others are usually done by cattle veterinarians. There is some extra value to be gained by having a cattle veterinarian check the bulls for you.
What you can check:
What your veterinarian could check: