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Herd bulls – A cattleman’s best investment

Amanda Nolz

Photo by Amanda NolzHerd bulls play a huge role on the success of many aspects on a beef operation, especially profitability.

In these tough economic times, input costs are escalating, food prices are skyrocketing and there is little extra money that finds its way back into the pockets of ranchers. With the challenges of the future hard to predict, it’s a difficult time to navigate through a rancher’s many options for survival. While it’s increasingly important to minimize costs and increase efficiencies, there is one investment cattlemen shouldn’t shortchange on – herd bulls.

Herd bulls play a huge role on the success of many aspects on a beef operation, especially profitability. According to a report released by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Animal and Range Science Extension titled, Reproductive Fertility in Herd Bulls, “A herd bull supplies half of the genetics to all the calves he sires; therefore, bull selection can be the most powerful method of genetic improvement in the herd. Herd bulls also influence overall herd fertility more than any other single animal; the loss of fertility by a bull can mean the potential loss of an entire calf crop. For the above reasons, and because greater than 90 percent of the beef cows in the United States are bred by natural service, it is important that bulls be managed to optimize breeding performance.”

With that in mind, it’s important to remember to take care of herd bulls, a cattleman’s most important investment. A reminder of the easy management tips can assist in optimizing the health of herd bulls and gear them up for a successful summer breeding season. Paul Sylliaasen, DVM, a practicing veterinarian at Lakeview Veterinary Service in Mitchell, SD, offers a few useful tips to provide proper care to herd bulls.

In these tough economic times, input costs are escalating, food prices are skyrocketing and there is little extra money that finds its way back into the pockets of ranchers. With the challenges of the future hard to predict, it’s a difficult time to navigate through a rancher’s many options for survival. While it’s increasingly important to minimize costs and increase efficiencies, there is one investment cattlemen shouldn’t shortchange on – herd bulls.

Herd bulls play a huge role on the success of many aspects on a beef operation, especially profitability. According to a report released by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Animal and Range Science Extension titled, Reproductive Fertility in Herd Bulls, “A herd bull supplies half of the genetics to all the calves he sires; therefore, bull selection can be the most powerful method of genetic improvement in the herd. Herd bulls also influence overall herd fertility more than any other single animal; the loss of fertility by a bull can mean the potential loss of an entire calf crop. For the above reasons, and because greater than 90 percent of the beef cows in the United States are bred by natural service, it is important that bulls be managed to optimize breeding performance.”

With that in mind, it’s important to remember to take care of herd bulls, a cattleman’s most important investment. A reminder of the easy management tips can assist in optimizing the health of herd bulls and gear them up for a successful summer breeding season. Paul Sylliaasen, DVM, a practicing veterinarian at Lakeview Veterinary Service in Mitchell, SD, offers a few useful tips to provide proper care to herd bulls.

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In these tough economic times, input costs are escalating, food prices are skyrocketing and there is little extra money that finds its way back into the pockets of ranchers. With the challenges of the future hard to predict, it’s a difficult time to navigate through a rancher’s many options for survival. While it’s increasingly important to minimize costs and increase efficiencies, there is one investment cattlemen shouldn’t shortchange on – herd bulls.

Herd bulls play a huge role on the success of many aspects on a beef operation, especially profitability. According to a report released by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Animal and Range Science Extension titled, Reproductive Fertility in Herd Bulls, “A herd bull supplies half of the genetics to all the calves he sires; therefore, bull selection can be the most powerful method of genetic improvement in the herd. Herd bulls also influence overall herd fertility more than any other single animal; the loss of fertility by a bull can mean the potential loss of an entire calf crop. For the above reasons, and because greater than 90 percent of the beef cows in the United States are bred by natural service, it is important that bulls be managed to optimize breeding performance.”

With that in mind, it’s important to remember to take care of herd bulls, a cattleman’s most important investment. A reminder of the easy management tips can assist in optimizing the health of herd bulls and gear them up for a successful summer breeding season. Paul Sylliaasen, DVM, a practicing veterinarian at Lakeview Veterinary Service in Mitchell, SD, offers a few useful tips to provide proper care to herd bulls.

In these tough economic times, input costs are escalating, food prices are skyrocketing and there is little extra money that finds its way back into the pockets of ranchers. With the challenges of the future hard to predict, it’s a difficult time to navigate through a rancher’s many options for survival. While it’s increasingly important to minimize costs and increase efficiencies, there is one investment cattlemen shouldn’t shortchange on – herd bulls.

Herd bulls play a huge role on the success of many aspects on a beef operation, especially profitability. According to a report released by South Dakota State University (SDSU) Animal and Range Science Extension titled, Reproductive Fertility in Herd Bulls, “A herd bull supplies half of the genetics to all the calves he sires; therefore, bull selection can be the most powerful method of genetic improvement in the herd. Herd bulls also influence overall herd fertility more than any other single animal; the loss of fertility by a bull can mean the potential loss of an entire calf crop. For the above reasons, and because greater than 90 percent of the beef cows in the United States are bred by natural service, it is important that bulls be managed to optimize breeding performance.”

With that in mind, it’s important to remember to take care of herd bulls, a cattleman’s most important investment. A reminder of the easy management tips can assist in optimizing the health of herd bulls and gear them up for a successful summer breeding season. Paul Sylliaasen, DVM, a practicing veterinarian at Lakeview Veterinary Service in Mitchell, SD, offers a few useful tips to provide proper care to herd bulls.

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