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Michigan Bull Evaluation graduates to sell March 19


The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association has announced the completion of the 2016 MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program. The 28th Annual Bull Evaluation Sale will take place Saturday, March 19 at the test station, 325 Mt. Hope Road, Crystal, MI starting at 12:30 p.m. Bulls can be previewed during an Open House at the station on March 5.

The MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation is the region's premier bull appraisal program and is a joint effort between the Michigan Cattlemen's Association, Michigan State University, and Plank Farm. The program aids beef producers in obtaining superior bulls that have been evaluated in a common environment for growth, breeding and structural soundness and carcass merit.

The 112-day evaluation report is available at Beef producers can preview the sale offering at an Open House on March 5 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the test station. The event will give cattlemen and women the opportunity to view the bulls and visit with consignors. In addition, MI State University Beef Specialists will be available to discuss bull selection strategies, bull development diets and to interpret performance information. Merck Animal Health will provide complementary beef Ribeye sandwiches.

Seedstock producers from across the region place their best junior and senior bulls in the MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program. On a forage-based ration, the top gaining senior bull gained 5.22 lb/day. The top gaining junior bull gained 4.93 lb/day. Each bull will have ultrasound data for ribeye area, external fat and percent intramuscular fat. All bulls making the “sale cut” must meet a minimum average daily gain of 2.8 lbs. and pass stringent evaluations for reproductive potential, disposition and structural soundness. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) for growth, maternal and carcass traits on each bull will be published in the sale catalog. Catalogs are available at and through the MCA office. Off-site bidding is available through DVAuctions. For more information, contact the MCA office at 517-347-8117, the Plank Farm at 989-506-2061 or visit