Certificate of Guarantee

sealAll bulls are guaranteed for a period of three years for fertility and soundness.

Fertility

All bulls must pass a rigorous Serving Capacity test for fertility before they make the sale. This test identifies and removes the bulls that are unfit to be mated. Bulls with a medium (will serve up to 30 cows a cycle) to very high serving capacity, are available for sale.

Soundness

All bulls must also pass a rigorous test for structural soundness, testicle size and confirmation by Eastland Vet Services.

If for any reason a Turihaua bull, within the “Three Year Guarantee” period does not perform as a result of his own fertility or structural defect, excluding injury, we will refund the purchase price or part thereof over the 3 years of Guarantee.

Conditions of Guarantee

  • Notify the breeder, so he can advise on Guarantee procedures.
  • Vet certificate or letter of infertility or unsoundness must be sent to breeder.
  • Please notify breeder prior to disposing of bull unless for humane reasons

Turihaua Bull Quality Assurance

  • Pasture reared
  • Weighed at birth
  • Yearling heifers mated
  • Performance assessed through Breedplan
  • No unnecessary supplementation
  • Accurate identification and recording
  • Service capacity tested
  • Independent veterinary check for soundness
  • Vaccinated regularly with 7 in 1
  • T.B. Accredited Free Herd
  • Brucellosis and mannosidosis free herd
  • 3 Year Guarantee for fertility and soundness
  • Inspected for sale by Angus Society Inspectors
  • BVD tested – negative and vaccinated
  • AM, NH, CA and DD tested free or remain untested free

 

What Turihaua bulls haveWhat it means to you
Long History (Over 100 years of breeding) Predictability and security on your purchase
Performance and Breedplan assessed The right bull for the task
Inherent quiet temperament Operator safety and improved carcase quality
Inherent structural soundness Less risk of breakdown and loss
Versatility More options for profit
Fertility assessed More calves per dollar invested
New Zealand's Best 3 Year Guarantee Better security on your purchase


Vets comment - Serving Capacity Testing in Bulls

Why SCT Bulls? Reproductive performance is a major driver of gross income from the breeding herd. There are two sides of the equation. Bull effects and cow effects. Serving capacity testing is a simple cost effective way in which to minimise risk around reproductive fitness of bulls and ensure these animals are capable doing the business at joining. Historical surveys show that in untested herds close 25% of mixed age bulls can be unsound. Presale testing of bulls by studs helps to reduce the risk around purchase of an unsound animal.

What is measured? The libido or sexual drive of the animal is assessed in a yard test and a serving capacity assigned according to number of serves in a set time. Slow performers are culled. The higher a bull’s libido the more cows he will serve and the more times he will serve individual cows in heat. Consequently conception rates are higher and calving is more compacted. Very high servers are thought to be more prone to breakdown if not structurally assessed and should be used on paddocks where they are less like to injure themselves due to this vigour. During serving we are able to examine the external genitalia and observe vulval seeking, intromission and thrusting. These are indirect assessment of the musculoskeletal system. Joint angulation and conformation and temperament are also able to be assessed.

Each bull is individually examined post testing for scrotal circumference, testicular tone. The hocks are palpated and then conformation and gait are examined. Finally bulls are blood tested to ensure freedom from BVD followed by vaccination.

When should SCT be performed? On studs presale is the obvious time. In run situations my preference is an annual examination 6 to 8 weeks premating. In herds where testing has never been performed or not for sometime an initial test of bulls in late summer/autumn before the sales occur allows for culling and the number of bulls required for the upcoming mating can be determined.

SCT is I believe a very important component of the annual cycle farm activity and risk management .Poor reproductive performance hits you where it most hurts, the pocket. Don’t get caught especially while prices are good!!!

Johnny Meban 
Eastland Veterinary Services