When doing BSEs on sale bulls, please provide the purchaser with a completed BSE evaluation form, Andrews says. “That way, if the purchaser has his veterinarian do a BSE on the bull and it doesn't pass, then the completed evaluation form allows better decisions to be made about whether to return the bull or reevaluate him again in a week or so. Also, if a veterinarian is providing a completed BSE evaluation form, I believe he is much more likely to do a proper and complete BSE.”
Tom did a very good job on the stuff he wrote. The only thing I would add is to manage the bulls like the cows, ie have them gaining weight prior to breeding season and to reach a BCS of 5-6 prior to breeding season. I see some bulls with a BCS of 3-4 when they are brought in for a BSE and they are much more likely to not pass and all too often the producer is wanting to turn out in the next 1-2 weeks. This is just simply not enough time to get the bull into breeding condition.
Bulls may be divided into management groups in order to more effectively meet the different nutrient needs of each group, Troxel says. “Separating younger and older bulls may be particularly important in preventing injuries and meeting nutritional requirements. This is a good time to assess body condition scores on bulls to determine nutritional needs and tailor forage and feeding programs to ensure adequate body condition at the start of the next breeding season.” Overworked bulls can lose significant body condition during the breeding season and may require extra nutrients to get back into shape before the next breeding season.
Managing bulls properly during the non-breeding season is important because bulls need this time to rest and regain condition. “Maintaining adequate nutritional and health programs is a year-round challenge,” Troxel says. “Monitor pasture conditions and seasonal health concerns throughout the year and adapt nutritional and health programs to the changing production environment.”
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