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Answered 2010-11-07 19:02:05

Most bulls are castrated to prevent any inferior genetics from being passed from him to the cowherd. Bulls that are inferior as far as ADG ability, temperament, forage convertibility, and conformation is concerned, should not be used for breeding. Also they can be quite aggressive and quite dangerous because of the testosterone levels.

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