If you think that a Breeding Soundness Exam on your bull is just too expensive and only made for high class breeding stock. Think Again!
Any bull can become infertile.
The lost income or a herd with a staggered calving season will not be forgotten. The financial impact lasts for years.
Simple & quick for the bull but the veterinarian covers many aspects of the male reproductive performance.
There are two parts: a physical examination & a sperm evaluation.
A chute large enough to restrain a bull is required. A veterinarian will access the bull’s physical condition, scrotal circumference, and also an internal palpation of the reproductive tract.
The sperm will then be collected by electrical stimulus & analyzed under a microscope.
Your BSE report will provide details on the following:
semen evaluation (% motility, % normal cells, % abnormal cells)
Be prepared for Breeding Season
by testing your bull 60 days ahead of turn in.
Old bulls and young bulls can become infertile.
If your bull doesn’t pass the BSE, at least you have 60 days to revise your breeding plan or purchase a new bull.
Look at a gestation chart and plan your breeding season. Schedule a BSE for your bull at your farm or at a local livestock facility that doesn’t charge for its use. It’s time & money well spent!
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