Managing Bull Fertility in Beef Cattle Herds
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Hansen, Gary R. 2019. “Managing Bull Fertility in Beef Cattle Herds: AN153/AN153, 2/2006”. EDIS 2006 (5). Gainesville, FL.


The purpose of this paper is to discuss how producers can evaluate and manage bull fertility within beef cattle herds. This document is AN153, one of a series of the Animal Science Department, UF/IFAS Extension. Original publication date February 2006.


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