Bull Breeding Soundness Masterclass

Start date: 29 August 2019

Duration: 9am - 5pm

Location: Tullamore Court Hotel, practical at nearby farm

Certificate: 10 CVE Points

Cost: Member €120, Non Member €300

Course code: N/A

Programme overview

 Learning outcomes

To maximise herd fertility efficiency it is critical that infertile and sub-fertile bulls are identified. This masterclass session reviews the bull breeding soundness exam and also includes a practical on farm session.


  • Bull fertility – Assessing and prognosing the problem bull
  • Review bull breeding soundness exam of fertile bull
  • Detailed morphology
  • Practical session on farm to investigate bulls with fertility issues
  • Case studies of bulls with known historical issues

Trainer Profile

Donal Lynch is originally from Dublin and is now based and working in Tullamore. He qualified as vet in UCD in 2000. He is past President of Veterinary Ireland and past Chairperson of the Food Animal Group of Veterinary Ireland. He is also a member of XLVets IRELAND, a group of independently-owned veterinary practices that have come together to work to improve the health of the animals under their care. Since qualification he has worked in mixed general practice with particular emphasis in cattle health and production. Prior to qualifying as a vet he spent time working in the agricultural sector on a large progressive dairy herd. Donal maintains a keen interest in all veterinary and agricultural matters. Donal is a member of the IBR Technical Working Group and one of the Veterinary Ireland representative on the BVD Implementation Group.

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