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Bull Power – It Comes Down To Simple Maths

Aug 5, 2017 | Dairy, Dairy Farm Reproduction

Margaret Perry, Anexa FVC Veterinarian

A shorter mating period is the new normal. This means getting ‘the bull bit’ right after the AB period has finished becomes even more important. 
To some extent, it comes down to simple maths. If the same numbers of cows are required to get in calf over a shorter period, you will need more bull power and better bull management. This means both quantity and quality. 
Our bull fertility testing service continues to grow and can give you greater confidence in the quality of your animals. More than 10% of the bulls we tested last year had low fertility scores and several farms had high failure rates. Just one dominant ‘dud’ bull amongst many can hold back conception rates and more than one in a small team can be disastrous. 
We can also help you structure your bull teams according to individual test results, and give tailored advice on bull to cow ratios and bull management according to your farm and farm system. 
If you would like more information, please contact our Anexa FVC Morrinsville on 07 889 5159 and ask to speak with one of our Bull Fertility Team Vets. 

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