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6 Factors that affect stock bull fertility

6 Factors that affect stock bull fertility

When it comes to bulls, fertility is of upmost importance. Their job is securing the future of your herd, and if he can't do that to his best ability then it can put a farmer out of pocket.

Sometimes you can help him, sometimes you can't. Here are a number of things that affect a bull's fertility.

How to care for your stock bull

How to care for your stock bull

The stock bull is a fixture in many Irish suckler farms. However, while they are the primary method of getting cows and heifers in calf in most of these operations, 3-4% of bulls are infertile.

As well as that, a further 15-20% are partially or periodically infertile according to Teagasc.

While some of the latter figure is inevitable, some of it can be prevented with early intervention. And if you identify your infertile bull early, you can minimise your losses.