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Collecting Bulls
« on: June 14, 2011, 07:28:51 PM »
At what age is it safe to get a bull collected? I have a Pb Simmental bull that is extremely mature for his age. He is nine months and is bigger than a lot of twelve month old calves.

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Re: Collecting Bulls
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2011, 11:23:54 PM »
It is not necessarily how big the bull is but how big his nutts are.  I have had 10-11 month old Simmental bulls that were 33-36 cm and they where producing good semen.   I have also had some that weren't ready until they were 15 months old.  It has a lot to do with genetics and how they are developed (fed). I would suggest getting a fertility test on your bull before having him collected.  It won't hurt him a but to try and collect him early but it will hurt your pocketbook if he is not ready.  Good luck.

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Re: Collecting Bulls
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2011, 07:34:36 PM »
My vet said he has bigger nuts than his full grown brangus bulls, lol.

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Re: Collecting Bulls
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2011, 07:46:33 PM »
There is much variation between bulls, and it involves more than just testicle size.  We leased CCS Marc Drive to ABS several years ago when he was 9 months old. He was sent to ABS in Wisconsin immediately as they had a truck going there. They did not think he would produce semen for a few months but to everyone's surprise they were freezing high quality semen before he was 10 months old. I have seen other bulls who do not have mature enough semen to freeze at 15 months of age. Hopefully your bull is one that will freeze at a young age. About the only way I can think of to know for sure is to have him collected, and see how he does.
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