Bull Management Practices Tool

DairyNZ

Type: PDF, Calculators, Guide
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

A tool that will help you figure out how your current bull management practices might be affecting the in-calf rate of your herd.

This risk management tool is produced by Dairy NZ.  It assesses bull management practices on the farm and considers the risk that incorrect bull management can reduce herd reproductive performance.

It will enable you to compare your farm’s current bull management with best practice, identify your risk level and assess the potential financial benefits of improved herd reproductive performance if best practice techniques can be achieved.

The key sections include:

  • why use this tool;
  • calculation of the probability that bull management has contributed to low fertility;
  • self-assessment of present/future performance based on bull selection, day-to-day management and bull power;
  • calculation of potential financial benefits of improving your herd’s reproductive performance based on decreasing the not-in-calf rate.

To use this tool, work through the fact sheet’s four basic steps:

  1. Measure;
  2. Identify the risk;
  3. Assess the benefits; and
  4. Develop and implement a strategy.

In conclusion, this tool will improve your understanding of the benefits of effective bull management from both a reproduction and financial perspective.

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