• Settle Surgery

    Station Road
    Settle BD24 9AA

  • Bentham Branch Clinic

    Main Street
    High Bentham LA2 7LE

  • Gisburn Farm Office

    Gisburn
    BB7 4ES

T: 01729 823 538

E: info@daleheadvetgroup.co.uk

Bull Breeding Soundness Examination

Whilst a lot of attention is focused on the management of cows in the breeding programme of the herd, the importance of the role of the bull in achieving maximum fertility is often overlooked. A bull with decreased / poor fertility or serving ability can drastically reduce pregnancy rates, and have disastrous effects on calving patterns.

The Bull Breeding Soundness Examination represents a relatively quick and economical procedure for screening bulls and is one of the most effective tools for ensuring the successful management of herd fertility. The examination should be performed routinely on all bulls 30-60 days before the service period to allow enough time for problems to be highlighted and replacements sourced before service time is lost. Even bulls of proven fertility in the previous breeding season should not be ignored, as problems can develop at any stage.

The procedure consists of:

  • A physical examination - including feet and mobility.

  • External and internal examination of the genitalia.

  • Collection and evaluation of sperm – detailed microscopic examination including  motility, density, live/dead + normal/abnormal ratios.

These samples are collected on the farm in a crush using our Pulsator phased electro-ejaculator. This is a modern technique which is quicker, safer and more reliable than previous collection methods.

A report is provided detailing our findings.

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