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1. Treatments:

◊   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.

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 ?


◊   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


Angus Australia acknowledges the funds provided by the Australian Government through the Meat & Livestock Australia Donor Company (MDC).  

This resource was created as a result of a collaboration between Angus Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia Donor Company (MDC) (Project P.PSH.1063).