Bull Breeding Soundness Exam
Nationally, around 40% of bulls are sub-fertile. This does not mean that these bulls do not get cows in calf, but they do not get them back in calf as quickly. If this happens the calving season extends, and an extended calving pattern is associated with increased calf disease e.g. scours. This reduces the weaned weight of produces per cow per year. For suckler cows this is the key figure for farm income.
As part of the Bull Breeding Soundness Exam, we give them a full physical exam as well as collecting semen for microscopic examination. We have a modern electro-ejaculator so that the bull can be tested safely and securely whilst in a crush.