A breeding soundness examination (BSE) plays an important role in herd reproduction. Cow calf operations depend on calves for replacement animals and as a revenue stream. Feeding open cows for an entire season can have a major impact on farm success. Performing BSEs on herd bulls can help rule out animals with limitations that would likely impact a future calf crop. Even older bulls that have successfully sired calf crops can develop problems that impact their fertility. It is important to check herd bulls at least once a year. The cost up front for the BSE can save you thousands down the road when calving season arrives. A BSE Clinic is scheduled for April 11 at 305 River Dale Farm Rd. Stanley, VA 22851. Dr. Nathaniel Burke, M.S., DVM will be conducting the exams. Cost of the exam is $50 a bull. Call the Page County Extension Office to schedule your appointment. Appointment times are scheduled on a first come basis. Call by April 4 to schedule .