breeding soundness failed, what now?

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Sorry for so many questions all at once but I value the expirience of the people on this board.

We finally gave in and took the bull to the vet for a Breeding Soundness Exam and he failed to produce enough semen to test (they tried it twice). Some background, this yrs calf crop is at 5 now from 8 cows/heifers. The first four were calved one month apart and now we are waiting on the fifth that should calve this month. As for this yrs breeding, he has been with them since June but everytime we get ready to pull him off, one starts cycling again so we put him back.

Is it worth trying to do anyting with this bull, he is a reg Angus, son of Leachman Explorer and a beutiful bull with a great temperment.

Since we are now getting so late we are faced with either changing breeding seasons or no calves next yr. How bad would a late summer calving season be for someone in Tennessee?

Finally, if replaceing the bull would you get a young bull and wait till next yr to breed, wait till next yr to breed but buy an older proven bull then, or go ahead and get a proven bull now?

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> Is it worth trying to do anyting
> with this bull,

not if he checked out bad... all i would know that he is good for is to sell him for slaughter....

> Finally, if replaceing the bull
> would you get a young bull and
> wait till next yr to breed, wait
> till next yr to breed but buy an
> older proven bull then, or go
> ahead and get a proven bull now?

you will probably get a yes response for each of those ideas from different people... so you have to decide what fits your situation best...

but one idea you didnt mention... sell out.... you have mostly pairs now... unless you just have to keep the cows for some reason... sell them near term but try to pick the best time to get the most $$ and rebuy some bred cows to fit your preferred breeding season... in the mean time... you can take your time and find the bull you want..

good luck

gene



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We’re in south-central MO and we really like September calves. There are lots of pros and cons but it works for us. We run 50% March and 50% September. Good luck.

Lee Baysdon



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