Michigan Bull Evaluation opens nomination period
EAST LANSING, MI -- The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association has announced the opening of nominations for the 2016-17 MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program. Seedstock producers from across the region can nominate bulls through September 1, 2016. The program will begin with bull delivery on October 7-8 and will conclude with the Annual Bull Evaluation Sale on March 18, 2017.
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 the Plank Farm. The 112-day evaluation program helps cattle breeders assess their bulls in a common environment for growth, breeding and structural soundness and carcass merit.
Each year, breeders from across the region place their best junior and senior bulls in the MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program. Bulls that complete the program will have ultrasound data for ribeye area, external fat and percent intramuscular fat. To make the “sale cut” bulls 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.
Visit www.MIBulls.com for the nomination form and additional information or contact the MCA office at (517) 347-8117.