Be Diligent on Genetic Defects When Buying Bulls

Be Diligent on Genetic Defects When Buying Bulls

W. Mark Hilton, DVM

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While pregnancy testing a group of cows for a client recently, he mentioned that his 2½-year-old herd bull was lame. On closer inspection, I saw the bull had a corkscrew claw on the lame rear foot. The owner was quite disappointed to learn it was possibly a genetic defect and that the bull should go to slaughter.

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