CARE OF NEWLY PURCHASED PERFORMANCE BULLS

Several Management practices should be observed when newly purchased bulls are brought home. These practices can help to ensure that each new bull has a long productive future with good production performance.

Bull's Age Number of Females
12-15 months 10 to 12
15-18 months 12 to 18
18-24 months 18 to 24
24 months and older 25 to 35

  1. Feeding: This is a young calf (13 to 15 Mo Old) that still has a lot of growing to do. Feed this young bull well. Feeding 5 to 10 pounds of grain and 1 to 2 pounds of a protein source will assist him in the completion of the growth process.
  2. Only use this young bull in a 45 to 60 day restricted season. Observe him closely to see if he is serving females properly.
  3. Young bull should be limited to a minimum number of cows to service. The number is decided by his age. The following guidelines can be used.
  4. Place young bulls in well fenced lots before and after the breeding season to keep bulls away from cows in heat. There should be shade and plenty of clean water in each lot. Provide free-choice minerals and routinely treat for parasites.