The MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program began with a group of cow-calf producers getting in a pickup and traveling to find a host site to house a bull evaluation program. The adventure started in Michigan more than 26 years ago. Once a site was located, the joint venture between the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association (MCA), Michigan State University (MSU) and host farm began. The collaboration offered MCA the organizational authority, MSU the data gathering role, and the host farm an opportunity to expand into a new beef enterprise.
- Promote performance-evaluated beef cattle and serve as an educational tool to acquaint producers with its overall value.
- Aid beef producers in obtaining superior bulls that have been evaluated for growth, breeding and structural soundness and carcass merit.
The MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program moved to the Plank family farm near Crystal, Mich. in 2003. The facility has capacity for 108 bulls on test from October to February. The quality, depth and data provided on bulls continues to improve each year as consignors advance their genetics allowing for a new, high quality, slate of yearling bulls offered for sale annually in mid-March.
The 2013-14 bull evaluation program is now accepting entries due by Sept. 3, 2013. Consignors will need to review bull entrance requirements and delivery requirements prior to filling out the nomination form. Beef producers interested in nominating qualifying bulls can review the bull evaluation policy, rules and nominations form.
Space is limited but the program provided the opportunity for first time consignors to gain entry into the program. For more information on the program, visit the Michigan State University Extension Beef Team website.