Inside the Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation

Monica Kovacs: , March 2013 | Edited by Jennifer Enzie  and Cody Creelman   The veterinary breeding soundness evaluation (BSE) for bulls is more than just looking at sperm motility and morphology (movement and shape). We want producers to have successful breeders and good economic returns each breeding season.  We help to ensure this by performing a detailed breeding soundness evaluation on each bull before he is turned out with the cows. To be a successful breeding bull you need three things: 1) physical soundness 2) a strong libido and, 3) good quality semen. Physical Soundness Before the bull is gathered into the chute, the first...

VVV Episode 5: The Art of Bovine Necropsy

It is not very glamorous… But it is necessary. The bovine necropsy, or post mortem examination, is done in order to determine why the animal has died. This involves a lot of physical work, and some really keen pathology skills!  It’s an examination that our practitioners perform daily, so it is something we encourage our students to practice as much as they can while they are with us. Meet Amber, one of our newest UCVM 4th year students on rotation who is very smiley and eager to get started!

VVV Episode 6: Mystery Cow Case

We were called out to visit a cow that was suddenly found down on pasture. From taking a thorough history, we found out that she was 3 weeks postpartum with no previous medical history or any suspicions of illness. The pasture the herd is currently grazing on was seeded 3 years ago with a mixed grass seed and was not grazed on last year. Therefore, grass was overgrown from the last year as well as lush new spring growth from this year following a period of wet, cool weather.   The cow presented with the following clinical signs: recumbent rigid muscle tone with clonic spasms and twitching opisthotonos (posturing with head and neck rigidly...