The Bull Stud Man, a Love of Animals and a Respect for Procedures
Our job is extremely physical
When they talk about their profession all the stud men stress this aspect of their job. Obviously the first thought is of the work in the mounting room. Twice a week the bulls are brought in to donate their semen during an operation which will not tolerate approximation or sloppiness. An attitude which would be incompatible with the strength and the 800 kg of the donors!
For each sample the stud man leads the donor to the teaser (a bull because a cow could not support the weight of the bulls). Generally he ensures that two waves of excitement are provoked - two false mountings - before placing an artificial vagina in front of the donor's penis and collecting its sperm. This is a particularly delicate time because, throughout the operation, the stud man must monitor the balance of the animals. Falls are a permanent danger.
However, this profession exercised in breeding centres, research institutes or specialised cooperatives requires good physical resistancethroughout the entire activity. Like all farmers, the stud man looks after the animals' stalls, feeds them and grooms them.
These professionals, who at least have an agricultural BEP (First BTEC Diploma) or a CAP (NVQ Level 1 or 2) in animal production, must also prove to be particularly vigilant over the condition of the animals they look after to detect any sign of illness immediately and have a complete understanding of their behaviour so as to have total control over collection operations. Stud men must also adhere rigorously to health procedures,veterinary treatments and instructions given for sampling.
Finally they must be able to work as a team, be available and report their observations on the animals.