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Proper Care of a Breeding Bull Prior to Turn Out

June 8, 2020

CVA Feed Sales Manager, Brandi Salestrom

As we wrap up calving season and start the calves on creep feed, the next item of importance is bull care. Proper care of breeding bulls prior to turnout can improve the fertility, and as a result increase the percentage of next years calf crop. Supplying bulls with a quality mineral program year-round will aid in a bull’s overall structure and foot quality, as well as health and sperm quality. When choosing a mineral, I like to suggest an option with organic trace minerals to aid in the bull’s overall health. An animal uses these trace minerals for immunity, reproduction, skin and hoof health, growth and muscle development, fiber digestion, energy metabolism, and stress effects. Central Valley Ag offers many options when it comes to minerals in either loose or tub form and will have a product to fit your bulls needs.

For a bull to remain sound and active for the duration of the breeding season, condition plays a crucial role. A bull that is too thin at the start of the breeding season may not perform as expected and tire out early in the season. An over-conditioned bull may face structural and soundness issues that will hinder his ability to be active and run a risk of injuring heifers or smaller cows. To achieve an ideal body condition score of 6 at the start of breeding season, bulls should gradually be conditioned over a five-month period. Allowing slower gains over 100 days versus pushing for 3 pounds per day in a month, will promote longevity, better performance, and higher quality semen. Our feed sales consultants will work with producers to create a year-round program to keep bulls in ideal condition and performing at their best.
Breeding soundness exams by your veterinarian prior to breeding season can also play a role in the results. Conducting the exam early will provide enough time to find replacements should a bull fail. Bulls that fail an early exam may recover in time, and follow-up exams may be needed. Additionally, keeping bulls current on vaccinations will reduce the risk of disease affecting health, performance, or semen quality. Visit with your veterinarian for recommendations on vaccinations.
For more information on preparing bulls for breeding and product options, stop by your local Central Valley Ag Feed location.
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