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Primed for Performance

By: Jennifer Ryan
June, 2018
A breeding soundness exam (BSE) can help beef producers avoid open cows

As many as 50 percent of beef producers don’t get an annual breeding soundness exam (BSE) performed on their bulls, estimates Joe Paschal, Ph.D., professor and Extension livestock specialist for Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.

It just makes sense to get an annual checkup when an entire cow/calf operation rests on a bull’s ability to breed cows, he notes. It’s also a good time to vaccinate, treat for internal and external parasites, and test for key diseases, especially if the bull’s ownership recently changed hands.

Categories: Livestock, Breeding

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