Are Your Bulls Breeding Ready?

We don’t want to take guesses as to whether our bulls are breeding ready, we need to make all assurances possible that they are.  The herd sire contributes 50% of the genetic potential for the calf crop.  One bull that doesn’t perform as expected can result in significant economic losses.  Therefore, it is critical that a bull Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE) is conducted every year, 60-75 days prior to the breeding season.  Whether you are using your existing bull battery or purchasing new bulls, every bull must pass the Breeding Soundness Exam.

A BSE consists of four components:  physical exam, scrotal circumference, sperm motility, and sperm morphology.  Libido and serving capacity are not evaluated as part of a routine BSE but should be considered and observed by the cattle manager at the start of the breeding season.

In addition to a BSE, breeding bulls should also be tested for and/or vaccinated against venereal diseases.  Talk to your veterinarian about tests, vaccinations, and a Breeding Soundness Exam for your herd sires.  If purchasing new bulls be sure that they have passed their BSE and have been tested (even “virgin” bulls) and/or vaccinated against the diseases recommended by your veterinarian.


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Posted: November 9, 2022

Category: Livestock
Tags: Bulls, SFBF

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