This vet knows what bull’s best

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

A CRIT­I­CAL as­pect of cow-calf pro­duc­tion is to have fer­tile bulls, and to know this, bulls should to be checked each year just be­fore join­ing, says Bruno Ros.

Dr Ros’s North East Equine Ve­teri­nary Ser­vices pro­vides that ex­am­i­na­tion, and a com­plete range of other bovine and equine ser­vices across the North­ern Rivers.

“A com­plete bull sound­ness ex­am­i­na­tion in­volves struc­tural sound­ness, re­pro­duc­tive tract ex­am­i­na­tion, crush-side se­men anal­y­sis, mor­phol­ogy (as­sess­ment of de­fects on in­di­vid­ual sperm), serv­ing ca­pac­ity and li­bido,” Dr Ros says.

“The pur­pose of the ex­am­i­na­tion is to iden­tify bulls at risk of sub-op­ti­mal breed­ing ca­pac­ity or sub-fer­til­ity.

“This risk is then as­sessed in re­la­tion to a bull’s in­tended use on each farm.”

Bulls are as­signed a score (tick, qual­i­fied, fail) for each at­tribute, which is a stan­dard­ised mark­ing cri­te­ria linked to sci­ence-backed data, he says.

Dr Ros is highly qual­i­fied to carry out such ex­am­i­na­tions, his ser­vices en­hanced by mo­bil­ity and cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing por­ta­ble dig­i­tal ul­tra-sonog­ra­phy set up for on-site preg­nancy test­ing.

A Tunces­ter cat­tle farmer him­self, he is ac­cred­ited un­der the Aus­tralian Cat­tle Vet­eri­nar­i­ans BULLCHECK scheme to per­form bull se­men eval­u­a­tions, in­clud­ing se­men freez­ing, and to di­ag­nose cat­tle preg­nancy un­der PREgCHECK.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

DOWN TO BUSI­NESS: Dr Ros at work.

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