Care and maintenance
Check your bulls regularly
I cannot reiterate enough the importance of the information on “Caring for your Bulls” below, especially the bit about how important it is to check them once they are out with the cows.
By this I mean to spend a bit of time with them in the paddock until you observe them actually serving a cow or two. You may have to be patient and do this over a couple of days.
It is within your interests to do this as it might mean the difference between 100% conception and 0% which is no good for anyone’s breeding programme.
Points on caring for your new bull
- A Turihaua Sire that you select and purchase will be leaving the security of a mob situation (up to 20)
- Once you get him home ensure that you give him a mate. This could be a steer or an old cow. This will help him settle. Avoid placing him straight into a mob of older bulls. Ensure too that the paddock you place him in is sufficiently big enough for him to have adequate feed requirements. He will be used to a little good quality hay if required.
- Our bulls are vaccinated, drenched and dipped prior to sale. They have also been Vet checked and Service Capacity tested.
- A 2 year old bull is still a teenager in our terms. He needs a bit more time and care than a 3 to 5 year old bull.
- Avoid placing young sires with old experienced ones in the same mating groups. The older bull will dominate the mating.
- Where possible mate sires to similar aged heifers or cows.
- Always keep an eye on them while they are out with the cows. Observe him serving so that you know the job is being done.
- If you are single mating your cows I suggest you use a fresh bull to follow for the second cycle.
- If you are concerned about him observe him more closely over a couple of days. Bulls can develop colds or other infections that could cause a drop in his semen count. If you're still concerned call your vet and have him checked. You cannot afford to have a non-performing bull out with your cows. If the vet suspects problems with the bulls fertility, please get in touch with me as we may be able to lend you a bull in the meantime.
- After the mating season has ended bulls should be drenched and put into a paddock with enough feed in front of them. Adequate feed will help settle them and eliminate fighting if in a mob situation.