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Don’t forget a breeding soundness exam

Bull sale season is upon us and cowcalf producers are pouring over sale catalogs trying to make sense of the many and varied numbers available on each bull offered for sale Bob Weaber associate professor of beef breeding and genetics at Kansas State University said it is important for cattle producers to think about their operationrsquos breeding objective and goals reports FeedstuffsHe recommends that you start with the end in mind Like most things preparation is crucial to bull buying We
Don't wait until the last moment, get your bulls checked out before breeding season.

The spring breeding season is here and hopefully your herd is prepared. One key management tool we can use to reduce the risk of pregnancy failures is getting a breeding soundness examination on your bulls.

A breeding soundness examination is done by a veterinarian, costs $50-100, and is a producer’s only method to assess the breeding capability of their herd sire(s). Breeding soundness exams accurately determine bulls who cannot produce normal sperm cells and bulls who are no longer capable of breeding cows due to injury or a physical ailment.

Breeding soundness exams should be done about 30-45 days before the breeding season to allow enough time to purchase a replacement bull. If you haven’t gotten your bulls checked yet, call your herd veterinarian and set up an appointment.

Breeding soundness exams are like an “insurance policy” on your bull. It costs a little money, but you can’t afford the risk of turning out an infertile bull.

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