Improving semen quality of breeding bulls with IntelliBond trace minerals
First service conception rate after calving is crucial to improve the reproductive performance of dairy cows. A decrease in first service conception rates can result in an increase in the number of inseminations, number of days open, feeding cost, culling loss, and replacement heifers costs[2,3]. One of the factors impacting first service conception rate of dairy cows is the quality of the bull semen used.
IntelliBond hydroxy trace minerals have been validated by independant research to improve trace mineral status, which can lead to improved bull semen quality, enhanced embryo quality and improvement in AI pregnancy rates. A trial was carried out to measure the impact of trace mineral source on liver mineral status and spermatozoa characteristics in mature bulls.