Bull Semen

Four Things to Consider Before Buying Bull Semen

Bull Semen

When it comes to raising high-quality bulls, there are many things to take into consideration.

One of the most important aspects of raising top-quality bulls is ensuring the semen provided to impregnate the cow is top quality.

Here is a complete overview of the important aspects of bull semen for sale, with four things that you should consider before deciding where to purchase yours.

The Price

You get what you pay for when it comes to bull semen, as with many other things.

The higher the quality of the bull where the semen was derived, the more expensive the semen will be.

There are some well-known prize bulls within the breeding world that are known to produce more than a million dollars’ worth of semen on a monthly basis.

While you’re probably not going to be purchasing semen from these celebrity bulls, if you find some low-priced straws of semen, they’re probably from low-quality bulls.

You should thoroughly research the companies that you’re considering purchasing from before making a final decision on where you’re going to buy.

Quality of the bulls from which the semen was extracted

You can’t expect your cows to give birth to high-quality calves if the semen that you opted for wasn’t high quality. Even if you provide the cow with the best diet possible, the genetics of the bull from which the semen was extracted is essential for top-quality offspring. Artificial Insemination (AI) has enabled many breeders to guarantee the quality of their bulls, and therefore, their semen. Ranchers like Harrer’s Lost Lake Ranch utilize AI because it ensures their bulls are bred with the most sought-after qualities. Some of these desired qualities are:

  • Free of genetic defects
  • Have optimum fertility levels
  • Have maternal traits (results in live, healthy calves)
  • Grow well after birth
  • Have the genetics to lead a long, productive life
  • Produce quality beef
  • Be even-tempered for easy management
  • Much more can be discussed during your inquiry

Check out the bull in person

In addition to learning about the bull’s genetics as well as the breeders, you should make it a point to examine the bull that will be supplying the semen. You will want to confirm that the bull’s coat is healthy in appearance. You want to look for sound shoulders, feet, and legs. Visually examine the bull from all angles, and ensure that you’re able to watch it walk. When it walks, you should check for any abnormalities from the shoulders or hips to the feet. Checking out the reproductive structures of the bull is very important as well. Inspect the head and shoulders as these areas can result in calving difficulties if large out of proportion to the rest of the animal, which you definitely want to avoid at all costs.

Storage capabilities

Be certain that any handling of the frozen semen is done by reputable facilities using the best in quality control.