Evaluating bulls early aids breeding success

03/21/2013 | SoutheastFarmPress.com

Bulls should be evaluated yearly to ensure they are fit to breed, according to Purdue Extension beef specialist Ron Lemenager. Market forces make this year's breeding season a high priority. "Cattle and feed prices are both too high not to give cows every opportunity to get bred. If you've never evaluated your bull before, this is the year to do it," said Lemenager. Assessments of physical soundness and semen quality are part of the breeding exam, which should be conducted 45 to 60 days prior to breeding season.

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