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Bringing your

           Bringing your
          When purchasing a bull, care and handling after the sale can be as important as the purchase itself.
         new bull home
             Looking after your bull well during the  Initial stages of his working life may ensure longevity
                                    and success within your breeding herd.

       Purchase                                        •  Discuss  with  the  carrier,  resting  procedures  for  long
                                                         trips,  expected  delivery  time,  truck  condition  and
       Temperament is an important characteristic when selecting     quiet handling.
       a bull. Selecting a bull that may be flighty or aggressive   •  Give  ear  tag  and  brand  numbers  to  the  carrier  and
       will  make  life  difficult  for  you  each  time  he  is  handled.     make sure you have the carrier’s phone number.
       Note which bulls continually push to the centre of a mob,   •  If buying bulls from interstate, organise any necessary
       run  around,  or  are  unreasonably  nervous,  aggressive  or     health  tests  before  leaving  and  work  out  if  any  other
       excited.                                          requirements must be met before cattle can come
       At the sale, note any changes of temperament by individual     into another State.
       bulls.  Some  bulls  that  are  quiet  in  the  yard  or  paddock   When buying bulls from far away, you may often have to
       may not like the pressure and noise of the auction and   fit in with other delivery arrangements to reduce cost. You
       become excited. Others that were excited beforehand get   should  make  it  clear  how  you  want  your  bulls  handled.
       much worse in the sale ring and can really perform. Use
       the yard or paddock behaviour as a guide, rather than the
       temperament shown in the ring.                  Arrival
                                                       When the bull or bulls arrive home, unload them at the
       Delivery                                        yards  into  a  group  of  house  cows,  steers  or  herd  cows.
       When transporting your new bull insurance against loss   Never jump them from the back of a truck directly into a
       in transit, accidental loss of use, or infertility, is sometimes   paddock—it may be the last time you see them. Bulls from
       provided by vendors. Where it is not, it is worth considering.   different  origins  should  be  put  into  separate  yards  with
       After purchase tips:                            other cattle for company.
       •  When  purchasing,  ask  which  health  treatments  he     Provide hay and water, then leave them alone until the
         has received.                                 next morning .
       •  Treat  and  handle  him  quietly  at  all  times  -  no  dogs,    The next day, bulls should receive routine health treatments.
         no  buzzers.  Talk  to  him  and  give  him  time  and  room     If they have not been treated before, all bulls should be
         to make up his mind.                          vaccinated with:
       •  With  more  than  one  bull  from  different  origins,  you
         must be able to separate them on the truck.   •  5-in-1 vaccine;
       •  Make  sure  that  the  truck  floor  is  covered  to  prevent     •  vibriosis vaccine;
         bulls  from  slipping.  Sand,  sawdust  or  a  floor  grid   •  leptospirosis  vaccine  (if  in  areas  like  the  Hunter
         will  prevent  bulls  from  being  damaged  by  going      where leptospirosis exists);
         down in transit.
       •  If you can arrange it, put a few quiet cows or steers on   •  three-day  sickness  vaccine  (if  in  areas  where
         the truck with the bull. Let them down into a yard with     this sickness can cause problems).
         the  bulls  for  a  while  before  loading  and  after   Give particular attention to preventing new bulls bringing
         unloading.                                    vibriosis into a herd. Vibriosis, a sexually transmitted disease,
       •  Unload  and  reload  during  the  trip  as  little  as   causes  infertility  and  abortions  and  is  most  commonly
         possible  If  necessary,  rest  with  water  and  feed.   introduced to a clean herd by an infected bull. These bulls
         Treat  bulls  kindly  your  impatience  or  nervousness
         is  easily  transmitted  to  an  animal  unfamiliar  show no signs of the illness. Vaccinated bulls are free from
         to you and unsure of his environment.         vibriosis, so vaccinating bulls against the disease should be
                                                       a routine practice.
       If you use a professional carrier:              Vaccination involves two injections, 4–6 weeks apart, at the
       •  Make  sure  the  carrier  knows  which  bulls  can  be   time of introduction, and then a booster shot every year.
         mixed together.                               Complete the vaccinations 4 weeks before joining.
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       purchase         delivery       after purchase tips     arrival        mating new young bulls
                managing older herd bull         during mating          northern australia
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