After the breeding season, bulls don't require a lot of management. Adequate planning and care, however, can help insure that bull costs will be kept within reason and that bulls will be ready to go again the next time they are needed. This requires keeping feed costs at a practical minimum, allowing growth of the young bulls, maintaining body condition in mature bulls and minimizing the chance of injuries.

As bulls come out of the breeding pasture, one of the first steps should be to appraise the bull battery and sort them three ways:

* Mature bulls in good condition. Monitor the body condition of the bulls closely. If necessary make feeding adjustments to reach a body-condition score of six before the next breeding season begins. This is critical if the bulls will be used once again in a fall breeding season.

* Young bulls that are still growing. Higher nutrition is necessary to replace all the condition they lost in the breeding pasture and support normal growth.

* Old or crippled bulls. Bulls that have completed their productive life because of age or injury can be marketed at an advantage after a brief period on a high-energy feed program. These bulls should be given full feed that provides the most economical energy source.