Bull Buyers Guide


Bull Buying Guide

Some important questions to ask your bull breeder before buying a bull.

Management & environmental issues

Are the bulls from a TB accredited herd?Yes
Have the bulls been tested for BVD and Vaccinated?Yes
Have the bulls been checked for breeding soundness by a vet?Yes
Have the bulls been service capacity or service capability tested?Yes
On what class of country have the bulls been born and raised?Medium/steep
Have the bulls been raised in a commercially focused farming environment?Yes
What is the stocking rate on the farm?9.1 su/ha
Are yearling heifers mated?Ye
What is the average in calf rate (including yearling heifers) for the herd?93%
For how many cycles are the cows/heifers exposed to the bull?2
Does the herd have a history of good conformation and structural soundness?Yes
What supplements have the bulls received?Meadow hay
What type of bull guarantee does the breeder provide?3 years

Genetic improvement issues

  • What are the breeding objectives for the herd?
  • Is the breeder recording with a recognized performance recording service provider (e.g. Breedplan, CSU)?
  • Can the breeder provide evidence that genetic progress is being made in the traits in which you are interested i.e. by showing you a favourable genetic trends table?
  • What is the average genetic merit of the breeder’s herd in relation to the breed average?
  • Can the breeder supply you with percentile band information, enabling you to rank his bulls?
  • Can the breeder supply you with $ Indexes (EBVs for Profit), which rank bulls according to their profitability, in different production systems?
  • From where does the breeder source the herd sires and what are their EBVs/lndexes?
  • What are the breeder’s main criteria for sire selection?
  • Does the breeder mate yearlings – heifers and/or bulls?
  • What proportion of bulls are sold in relation to the number born?

For your herd to improve, the breeder’s herd must have higher genetic merit and rate of improvement than yours.

Three Year Guarantee


When you purchase your bulls each year, what guarantee do you have that the bull will perform for you and what are the costs of protecting that investment?

When you purchase Turihaua sires they are automatically guaranteed for three years for fertility and soundness.

All bulls must pass a rigorous Serving Capacity Test for fertility before they make the sale. They must also pass a rigorous test for structural soundness, testicle size and conformation carried out by Eastland Vets.

Our Three Year Guarantee protects your investment against structural defects and infertility.