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New BSE Manual (Second Edition, 2018)
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New BSE Manual is available now

The new manual for Breeding Soundness Examination of Bulls (Second Edition, 2018) is available for purchase in the SFT store.  Click here for more information.

With regard to a recent review of the BSE standards, the Society for Theriogenology has made the following recommendations for change:

  • With respect to morphology, the abaxial tail implantation and the distal droplet are no longer to be categorized as abnormalities.
  • Also, with respect to morphology, the classification scheme designating abnormalities as Primary or Secondary will be discontinued and descriptors with respect to location (Head, Midpiece, and Tail) will be utilized.
  • With respect to motility, assessment should be by evaluation of progressive motility; the minimum standard (30% progressively motile) however was not changed.

The updated Bovine BSE form is now available for purchase in the SFT store. The electronic form in the e-BSE software is currently being updated. 


Society for Theriogenology Manual for Breeding Soundness Examination of Bulls 

Second Edition (2018) – Jennifer H. Koziol, DVM, MS, DACT; Chance L. Armstrong, DVM, MS, DACT -- 147 pages, full color

Chapter 1: Factors Evaluated by Observation of Breeding Behavior

Chapter 2: Physical Examinations

Chapter 3: Examination of Scrotum and its Contents

Chapter 4: Scrotal Circumference

Chapter 5: Transrectal Examination

Chapter 6: Examination of the Penis and Prepuce

Chapter 7: Semen Collection

Chapter 8: Evaluation of Semen Quality

Chapter 9: The Breeding Soundness Evaluation Form

Chapter 10: Venereal Diseases of the Bull

Chapter 11: Management of Beef Bulls


Click here to purchase the New BSE Manual.

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