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PRE-JOINING (AND PRE-PURCHASE) – CONSIDERATIONS

1. Treatments: 

◊   3 Day sickness (Bovine Ephemeral fever) vaccinated? 

◊   7 in 1 (Protection against the clostridium diseases & Lepto) vaccinated? 

◊   Botulism vaccinated? 

◊   Vibrosis vaccinated? 

◊   Pestivirus vaccinated? 

◊   Tick fever vaccinated (if applicable)? 

◊   Buffalo fly treatment (if applicable)?

2. Relocation period: 

◊   Optimal relocation onsite between May –August.

◊   Relocation outside this period, may warrant further consideration including more time for acclimatisation 

◊   14 days minimum provided for bulls to adapt to new pastures 

◊   Do I have an available herd or paddock in which the bull can be relocated as soon as practical?

3. Optimal age: 

◊   Angus bulls are aged between 12 – 18 months of age for their first joining for acclimatisation and longevity.

4. Transport: 

◊   Travel time more than 36 hours – is there water stops built into the trip? 

◊   Have I arranged insurance for the bull?

5. Recovery:

◊   Have I allowed sufficient time for the bull(s) to recover from transport? 

◊   Is there sufficient feed and water available?


JOINING: 

◊   Bulls to be similar ages in multi sire herds, 

◊   Young bulls – maximum 12 weeks / 3 months joining period, 

◊   Keep an eye on bulls during the joining period,


POST-JOINING:

◊   Remove bulls from the breeders if practical for more effective disease prevention, continued acclimatisation and to regain body condition, 

◊   Drench and booster vaccinations to all bulls, 

◊   Adequate feed and water post joining, 

◊   Bull breeding soundness evaluation through your preferred veterinarian, prior to next joining


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