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How Is A Herd Bull Like A Baseball Player?


Here are five resources to make sure your bull battery is ready to perform this breeding season.

Please excuse the cheesy comparison I’m about to use, but herd bulls are a lot like baseball players. Like members of a baseball team, your herd bulls (players) better be ready to perform once they hit the field (pasture). A herd bull is a big investment that is often neglected until right before turn-out time. Then, ranchers wonder why they have open cows in the fall or why their bulls look so thin before the breeding season has even begun!

For a herd bull to be successful, he needs to be in tip-top shape. Just as a baseball player needs to practice hitting, catching and sliding, a bull needs to have adequate nutrition throughout the year, pass a breeding soundness examination and fit the genetic needs of the cows he will be breeding. If any of these three don’t meet your standards, it may be time to upgrade your herd bulls. If you’ve prepared a good line-up of bulls, profits should follow with bred cows this fall and a quality calf crop next spring.


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Here are five resources for having a successful breeding season and making sure your herd bulls are ready to work for you:

1. Video: Fire Your Welfare Bulls

2. Sizing Up The Slackers In Your Bull Battery

3. The Measure Of A Bull’s Worth -- Part One

4. Size Up Your Herd Performance With These Benchmarks

5. Charge Up Your Bull Battery

Are your herd bulls ready to play? When is your turnout date? What makes a bull worth using, in your opinion? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

The opinions of Amanda Radke are not necessarily those of or the Penton Farm Progress Group.


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Discuss this Blog Entry 2

John R. Dykers, Jr (not verified)
on Jun 18, 2014

I couldn't imagine you passing up a reference to 'the bull pen'!
Having a quality 'spare' in case of injury or illness during breeding season can be a wise investment.
One reason we split breeding seasons between Spring and Fall was so we could afford a lower ratio of cows per bull. This helps a lot to shorten breeding/calving seasons with fewer open cows. (and shorter carryover if you decide to keep an open cow for a special reason)
The surest way to overpay for a bull is to go buy one in an emergency!

on Jun 27, 2014

Aren`t most baseball players way over-paid relative to what they produce? I see some similarities there as well...

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