Dan’s Cow Calf Corner Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluations

Dr. Rosslyn Biggs, OSU College of Veterinary Medicine Extension Beef Veterinarian — When selecting bulls, producers should not overlook a breeding soundness evaluation (BSE) conducted by a veterinarian before the breeding season. Standards for breeding soundness evaluations have been established by the Society for Theriogenology (SFT), a group of veterinarians dedicated to animal reproduction. Although many may use the term “semen testing,” a breeding soundness evaluation is much more. A complete breeding soundness evaluation involves a physical examination, reproductive tract examination, and semen evaluation. The physical examination of the bull begins with a focus on structural soundness and checking for…

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