|Bulls with unknown fertility may affect the function and profitability of your herd well into the next decade.4 When selecting a bull for your herd, you should consider a bull that will provide the best value for the financial outlay and match your herd’s breeding objectives.
When buying your bull, avoid common pitfalls of:
Use the following as a guide to determine your breeding objectives. It may be helpful to rank your selection criteria in priority order, to help you make a choice between bulls that will generally meet your selection criteria.
Factors to Consider
Veterinary bull breeding soundness examination (VBBSE) – The VBBSE is a relatively quick and economic procedure for screening bulls prior to sale or use. The correct application of VBBSE principles may result in overall improvements in herd fertility rates and can help reduce bull numbers to enhance profitability.
Temperament – Inspect the bulls in the yards or paddock before sale and note any unusual behaviour e.g. those who continually push to the centre of a mob, run around, or are unreasonably nervous, aggressive or excited.
Estimated breeding values (EBVs) – EBVs can provide a fairly accurate estimate of the genetic potential for a trait and can be used to help identify the best bulls for the breeding program depending on your breeding objectives.
Vaccinations and health treatments – Only buy bulls that come with information about the vaccinations and health treatments they have received.