3 tips to prepare your bull for breeding season
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Slowly build condition
Going into breeding, your bull should have a body condition score (BCS) of 6.
“A single point change in BCS equals 80 to 100 pounds of weight,” says Chad Zehnder, cattle nutritionist with Purina Animal Nutrition.
This should be gradually achieved, so start monitoring your bull four or five months before breeding season. This allows for gradual change to be made over time, rather than sharp changes quickly.Date Published: February 8, 2017Date Updated: February 8, 2017
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The nutritional requirements for young and mature bulls greatly differ, so it’s important to make sure that each bull is getting the nutrition it needs. If possible, develop and feed the two different age groups in separate facilities.
If you have multiple bulls in a group, make sure there is ample bunk space to reduce displays of dominance. Supplements can help keep bulls in prime condition by maintaining or improving BCS and balance any nutritional deficiencies of forages.
Wind & Rain® Storm® All Season Mineral with Availa® 4 and Accuration® Range Supplement are just two of many solutions available through the Purina® All Seasons™ Cattle Nutrition Program.Date Published: February 8, 2017Date Updated: February 8, 2017
Monitor during and after breeding season
Throughout the breeding season, continue to monitor the body condition of your bulls. If bulls fall below a BCS 4, replace those bulls to ensure your cows are getting bred.
After breeding season, bulls will need some extra attention.
”Bulls often end the breeding season in a BCS 4 or 5. At that point, younger bulls that are still growing will need more than a maintenance diet to regain condition and allow for growth,” says Zehnder.Date Published: February 8, 2017Date Updated: February 8, 2017
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