PRE-JOINING (AND PRE-PURCHASE) – CONSIDERATIONS
◊ 3 Day sickness (Bovine Ephemeral fever) vaccinated
◊ 7 in 1 (Protection against the clostridium diseases & Lepto) vaccinated
◊ Botulism vaccinated (if applicable)
◊ 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.
◊ Travel time more than 36 hours – is there water stops built into the trip ?
◊ Have I arranged insurance for the bull ?
◊ Have I allowed sufficient time for the bull(s) to recover from transport ?
◊ Is there sufficient feed and water available ?
◊ 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
◊ 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