|The VBBSE was developed to standardise bull fertility testing and evaluates whether a bull has met a set of standards for key fertility components, which indicate whether a bull has a high probability of being fertile.
Unsound bulls for breeding can mostly be detected using a VBBSE. The VBBSE is not an absolute guarantee of fertility, but indicates risks that are associated with reduced fertility at the time of testing. As all possible components of a VBBSE will not usually be tested, there always remains a risk that bulls may not be sound.
As a buyer, you should be clear on what the breeder has and has not assessed to detect pre-existing problems. Always seek and cite a VBBSE certificate (example below) in advance of purchasing your bull with your breeding objectives in mind.[4,6,7]
Scrotum – Scrotal circumference (expressed in centimetres)
Next time you are looking for a bull, look at more than the glossy pictures and the presentation. Instead, try and determine if you are satisfied that the bull has all the genetics you want and has passed an objective assessment of fertility.