Do you know what to look for in a bull?
Do you know what to look for in a bull? Michael Nolan

BUYING: What to look for in a bull

WHEN you're in the saleyards looking for your next bull, Aussie Land & Livestock's James Bredhauer has some tips for you.

"Firstly, you want to make sure the bull has some good structure,” he said.

Mr Bredhauer said it was important to start at the bull's feet and work upwards to determine if it was a good prospect.

"They need to be able to move around properly, carrying their weight to cover the country,” he said.

Mr Bredhauer said the next step was to find out whether the bull had a good temperament, to help with both your safety and with their weight gains.

He also said it was important to find out its breeding values, and how it would relate to the cow herd.

"If I'm cross breeding, I'll be looking for growth traits. If I'm keeping females, I'll be looking for more maternal traits in the herd,” he said.

Mr Bredhauer said it all depended on your end goal and, more importantly, your target market.

"If you're going to be processing cattle into the retail trades, you will need cattle with a high growth rate,” he said.

"Otherwise, fertility is most people's number-one priority, as it will drive all the other traits.”