The importance of a complete BSE
Erika L. Lundy, beef specialist at Iowa State University, says second to feed cost, reproductive success has a substantial economic impact. If a bull fails the BSE, reproduction slides in the cow herd, causing a loss of income.
Veterinarians should check bulls 45 to 60 days before turnout. If a bull fails the BSE, the producer has time to buy another animal. Lundy recommends avoiding BSEs in February or March in colder climates because bulls might experience frostbite that could lower fertility, according to Progressive Cattle.
“It’s not uncommon for 25% of yearling bulls to fail the BSE,” Lundy reveals. “We can do everything right with that animal in the developing process; however, one out of five bulls fail the BSE. The BSE ensures we have good breeders.”
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