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May 21, 2021 Issues & Insights

What We’re Reading | Introduce bulls properly to protect health and welfare

By Roy Lewis, DVM, Western Producer

Nothing frustrates me more than when big bulls are unnecessarily injured. This happens a lot when bulls are introduced or reintroduced to one another. It also happens when bulls are transported together in trailers.

Bull pens must be big enough to allow bulls to escape from one another.

Every time we move bulls, whether for foot trimming, semen testing or pen cleaning, fighting can start. If we are diligent about reintroductions or mixing bulls, we may be able to reduce injuries.

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What We’re Reading’ is a quick look at some of the issues and insights Alberta Beef Producers’ content creators and editors are reading to stay up-to-date, to broaden perspectives, and to explore issues relevant to the agriculture industry.

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