Any detriments to keeping a bull long-term?

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Re: Any detriments to keeping a bull long-term?

Postby Lazy M » Mon Sep 25, 2017 7:47 pm

Just make sure you do a BSE every year.
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Re: Any detriments to keeping a bull long-term?

Postby jerry27150 » Mon Sep 25, 2017 10:03 pm

they sure try to scare someone don't they. he should do fine.
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Re: Any detriments to keeping a bull long-term?

Postby greatgerts » Tue Sep 26, 2017 6:40 am

NonTypicalCPA wrote:So far his testosterone hasn't gotten him in trouble. The worst thing he's done is get his nose ring caught on my gate latches when rubbing the posts. Nothing funnier (I feel a little sorry for the guy) that seeing a 1200lb bull stuck to a gate latch by his nose ring.

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Had to add tennis balls to them. He's done it three times in a year.


I had one get his ring caught on a guard from a sickle mower. We got him out, and a few weeks later, while feeding, I noticed it looked like he had 2 mouths... Ripped that sucker right out! Still acted very calm after that.
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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Sep 27, 2017 9:41 am

Generally a water tank is set up next to a fence. I just tie a piece of polywire around the water tub, snug against it, tied to the fence on both sides. No animal will get zapped walking up & drinking but if a bull puts his head against it, he will get zapped.
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Re: Any detriments to keeping a bull long-term?

Postby NonTypicalCPA » Wed Sep 27, 2017 10:40 am

Here's my boy at 12 months before he got his nose ring.

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And my 5 mommmas

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Postby Jeanne - Simme Valley » Wed Sep 27, 2017 11:59 am

He looks great. Your girls do too. Nice little herd.
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Re: Any detriments to keeping a bull long-term?

Postby farmerjan » Fri Sep 29, 2017 12:27 am

I see no reason to not keep him for as long as you want as long as he behaves himself and maintains his disposition and gets the girls bred. We routinely keep bulls for years if we like their calves and they don't try taking vacations to neighbors fields. Since you are not planning to retain any calves as replacements, the only downsides would be up to him really. Attitude, physical problems with feet/legs not being fertile.... we have one that is now 9 and the last 2 we sold were 9 and 13. Granted, we do retain females as replacements, but we have enough places to be able to not breed father back to daughter; that won't be a problem for you.
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