Headline: Bull breeding soundness exam clinics scheduled for April and May
Stockton, Mo.-Optimum cow pregnancy rate and calf crop percentage is important to profit potential of a beef cattle operation. “Conducting a bull breeding soundness exam (BSE) to make sure your bull is structurally and reproductively sound prior to the breeding season is important to ensure these results,” says Patrick Davis MU Extension Regional Livestock Field Specialist. Therefore, Davis urges cattle producers to contact their veterinarian to conduct a BSE to ensure their bull is ready for the breeding season.
MU Extension wants to educate cattle producers on other aspects of bull management in addition to the BSE so Davis will be working with local veterinarians and ZOETIS to conduct bull BSE clinics. In addition to the BSE, Davis will educate cattle producers on bull body condition scoring (BCS) and foot scoring (FS), which are tools to access the energy and structural status of the bull. “Bulls should be in a BCS of 6 as well as have an adequate FS for angle and claw set prior to the breeding season,” says Davis. Davis will also educate cattle producers on utilization of expected progeny differences (EPDS) and genomic testing information to improve their cattle operation.
- April 19th and 20th El Dorado Springs Veterinary Clinic, El Dorado Springs, Mo. (417) 876-5805
- April and May by appointment Cedar Creek Veterinary Clinic, Stockton, Mo. (417) 476-3060
For more information on the Bull BSE Clinics contact myself at (417) 955-0287 or by email at [email protected]