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Bull Clinics

ELDON COLE

MT. VERNON, MO.
   Here’s the schedule for the bull breeding soundness clinics in March. Not everyone can participate but they do create an awareness about the value of getting both old and young bulls checked ahead of the breeding season.
   For an added charge the bulls may be genomic tested. They should have a trichomoniasis test run on older bulls or those that have been running around with the wrong crowd.
   Here’s where we’ll have clinics.
   • March 23 – Christian County Veterinary Service, Clever, 417-743-2287
   • March 24 – Animal Clinic of Diamond, Diamond, 417-325-4136.
   If you can’t get in a clinic you still need to have your bulls checked by a veterinarian. Look at the $30-$40 charge per bull as insurance. Don’t wait until the bull sales are over to learn your bull is like 10 to 15 percent of the bulls we check. Those 10 to 15 percent will delay or string out your 2017 calf crop. Strung out calf crops mean uneven and lighter weight calves. That’s not a good combination. ∆
   ELDON COLE: Extension Livestock Specialist, University of Missouri
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