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Summary

  • Bulls have the most influence on the genetic progress of the breeding herd
  • A breeding soundness examination conducted by a veterinarian is recommended annually on all current bulls and prior to purchase of new bulls
  • Use objective measures to determine the genetic potential (and therefore value) of purchased bulls
  • Calculate mating loads for bulls. A minimum of 2 bulls/100 cows is recommended as a rule of thumb
  • Consider the pros and cons of single sire vs multi-sire mating and yearling mating – all require management strategies to reduce the risk of bull failure
  • Monitor bulls during mating, especially first season bulls.
  • Early pregnancy diagnosis ensures any problems are detected early and can be managed
  • Monitor bull body condition score and manage to keep them in optimal condition for mating
  • Develop and implement disease prevention and vaccination programs for your bulls in consultation with your veterinarian

KEEP ACCURATE RECORDS


✔ Number and identity of herd

✔ Cows served and returned

✔ Cow condition scores

✔ Dates joined

✔ Pregnancy test records

✔ Calving records

✔ Co-sires

✔ Treatments

✔ Vaccinations