herd bull, health, reproductive performance, infectious diseases
Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences
The importance of the herd bull to the reproductive performance and profitability of cow herds that utilize natural service cannot be underestimated. Health problems in a bull may result either in decreased fertility in that bull or, in the worst case, in an infectious disease that could spread to the rest of the breeding herd, with disastrous results for herd fertility. For these reasons, the health of incoming and existing herd bulls is of utmost importance.
Daly, Russ, "Health of the Herd Bull" (2008). SDSU Extension Extra Archives. 399.