This vet knows what bull’s best
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.
DOWN TO BUSINESS: Dr Ros at work.