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Once breeding season ends, it’s important to get breeding bulls back in shape.

Managing bulls after breeding season

Vet Advice with Dr. Ron Clarke

Breeding bulls serve two primary purposes they enhance overall reproductive traits of the breeding herd and transmit long-term desirable herd genetics via offspring. Bull purchasing and management decisions before, during and after breeding season have an impact on both calf crop and herd genetics. Bull management can be divided into the following seasons: pre-breeding or […] Read more

Record Charolais bull sales

Purely Purebred, news from the June 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Charolais bull sales set 40-year records this season, as reported in the May issue of the Charolais Banner magazine.  “The fall of 2020 and spring of 2021 bull sales recorded the highest average ever in the 40 years we have been compiling these results,” states publisher Helge By. “This indicates to me that Charolais were […] Read more


Canadian bull wins big at Oklahoma

Purely Purebred, news from the April 2021 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Congratulations to HAROLDSON’S UNITED 33D 36G on winning Grand Champion polled Hereford bull and Supreme Champion bull at the 2021 Cattlemen’s Congress in Oklahoma City. He is the first bull calf to ever be selected for the Top 10 Bull Lineup at Canadian Western Agribition, then go on to win the Polled Hereford Show at […] Read more

Call the semen companies and the people who have used the bulls when looking for more information on AI sires.

Selecting beef genetics for profitability and performance

Three producers touch on everything from feed efficiency to getting the most information possible on AI sires

Three Ontario beef farmers shared their thoughts around increasing performance and profitability through breeding choices. Their panel discussion was part of the 2020 Beef Symposium held at the University of Guelph earlier this year. Brad Gilchrist Beef marketing manager with Semex and owner, Gilchrist Farms, Lucknow, Ont. Gilchrist Farms sell commercial and purebred breeding stock. […] Read more

Dan and Heather Brundige started feeding their purebred bulls a mix of CDC Super Oats and barley last year, with good results.

Ranchers talk turkey about purebred bulls

Two seedstock bull producers share how they develop marketable breeding males

There are many decisions which weigh into raising a saleable purebred bull. Do you focus on weight or conditioning? What kind of feeding program do you need to meet that goal? How do you keep them healthy and productive in the bitter winter conditions common across much of the Prairies? Seedstock producers will likely tell […] Read more

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Canadian bull breeders show their stuff

Purely Purebred with Mike Millar: News about you from the March 2020 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

We regret the error Well, I have a confession. In my December column I inadvertently wrote that the Luing breed originated from the Shorthorn and Simmental breeds when in fact it is Shorthorn and Scottish Highland cattle that make up this breed. I could say it was a test to keep all my readers on […] Read more

Testing for trichomoniasis.

Keeping trichomoniasis out of cattle herds

Prevention and early detection are vital to managing this disease

Trichomoniasis is a disease that can sneak into a herd without any obvious signs. This sexually transmitted disease is caused by protozoa that inhabit the cow’s reproductive tract and the bull’s sheath. It doesn’t affect a bull’s fertility rate, but a bull can spread the disease to many cows during breeding. An infected cow can […] Read more

foot rot in cattle

Vet Advice: Spot and treat foot rot early

Foot rot is an acute and highly infectious disease of cattle characterized by swelling and lameness. The condition is extremely painful. If not treated promptly, the infection invades other structures in the foot including bones, joints and tendons, complicating treatment and delaying recovery. Foot rot originates between the claws of the hoof. It is more […] Read more

Bulls will establish a pecking order when brought together, and breeding season brings out aggression.

Getting bulls ready for the breeding season

Take steps to make sure bulls stay healthy in the off season as well

Before breeding season starts, herd sire considerations should be front and center. Assess the condition of the bull battery well before the bulls are released into the cow and heifer herds. A good place to start is a breeding soundness exam which is a uniform method of determining a bull’s likelihood of establishing pregnancy in […] Read more

Winter feed requirements will vary depending on whether the bulls are weanlings, yearlings or mature bulls.

Winter nutrition for bulls

When feeding bulls, the main thing is to assess your goals for those animals, says Dr. Bart Lardner

The bull supplies half the genetics for a calf crop so producers will want to make sure bulls are fertile, healthy and sound, and in good body condition through winter. Young bulls are still growing, so they need adequate energy and protein to support growth as well as maintenance and body condition, and body heat […] Read more