Don’t Forget about Bulls when Preparing for Breeding
by: Bethany Lovaas
University of Minnesota Beef Team
As the breeding season approaches, generally everyone is thinking about getting cows and heifers in shape for the breeding season. A nice, tight breeding season results in a nice tight calving season, which generally is the most economical for producers. However, the cow is only half of the equation. Don’t forget about the bulls! Here are some things to consider:
• A breeding soundness exam. One of the most Important, and often under utilized tools available to beef producers is the bull breeding soundness exam (BSE). A BSE will allow the technician/veterinarian to assess the fertility of a bull based on scrotal circumference, sperm motility, and sperm morphology.