Buller-Steer Syndrome

Beef Cattle May 22, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

Buller-Steer Syndrome- A behavior problem where a steer has a sexual attraction to other steers in the pen. The steer is ridden by the other steers, resulting in poor performance, reduced gains and injury or death.

Potential Causes

  • use of hormonal implants (especially estrogenic ones)
  • keeping large numbers in a group
  • introducing new cattle into a pen

Prevention

  • adequate watering
  • adequate bunk space

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