2018 Michigan Bull Breeding Soundness Exam Clinics

Are your herd bulls ready for breeding season?

The MSU Beef Extension Team will once again be organizing the regional Bull Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE) Clinics. Last year, the program tested over 300 bulls for 110 different operations. By identifying these potential male fertility problems, producers were able to reduce the risk of a less than optimum breeding season. The MSU Extension Beef Team encourages you to have a BSE conducted on your breeding bulls every year.

Annually, about 20 to 25 percent of bulls do not pass breeding soundness exams. After the harsh temperatures and wind chills experienced this past winter, many anticipate that number to increase do to frost bit testicles and poor body condition. Under normal circumstances conducting breeding soundness exams on bulls is cost effective. Following this severely cold winter, the decision is going to be more critical as the percent of bulls that do not pass is expected to increase.

Contact your veterinarian or take advantage of the following Breeding Soundness Exam Clinics organized by MSUE. The cost for each bull is $60 when done at one of the MSUE clinics. To schedule an appointment at one of these BSE clinics, please call the appropriate contact person as soon as possible. All Clinics start at 9:00 a.m. In addition, the MSU College of Veterinary Medicine regularly schedules in house appointments for BSE's. To schedule an appointment contact the MSU CVM Large Animal Clinic at 517-353-9710.


Location:        Gary Voogt Farm, 2831 Hayes St, Marne MI
Date:              Friday, March 9, 2018
Contact:         Kevin Gould - 616-527-5357 or Gary Voogt - 616-677-3680

Location:        Matt Miller Farm, 2685 E. Bellevue Rd, Charlotte MI
Date:              Friday, March 23, 2018
Contact:         Kevin Gould - 616-527-5357 or Matt Miller - 517-202-3628

Location:        MSU Beef Expo, MSU Pavilion, East Lansing MI
Date:              Thursday April 5, 2018 from 1-4 PM
Contact:         Dr. Jen Roberts or Dr. Dan Grooms - 517-355-9593

Location:        MSU Lake City Experiment Station, 5401 W. Jennings Road, Lake City MI
Date:              Friday, April 13, 2018
Contact:         Kable Thurlow - 989-426-7741or Doug Carmichael - 231-839-4608

Location:        Breault Beef Farm, 868 Hoffman Road, Gladwin MI
Date:              Friday, April 20, 2018
Contact:         Kable Thurlow - 989-426-7741

Location:        Kevin Wernnette Farm, 9144 50TH AVE, Remus MI
Date:              Saturday, April 21, 2018
Contact:         Kevin Gould - 616-527-5357 or Dr. Kevin Todd - 231-832-3680

Location:        Chuck Preston Farm, 4780 County Line Road, Prescott MI
Date:              Saturday, April 28, 2018
Contact:         Phil Durst - 989-387-5346, Chuck Preston - 989-873-4164 or Dr. LeeAnn Kroll - 517-643-3562

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