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Cattle Genetics


Livestock Minimum Requirements
Premises Registration
Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% or Master 50%
Cattle - 30 Head
BQA - Beef and Dairy
$1,200 - Bulls, AI, Testing
$1,600 - Bulls and Semen with Genomic Enhanced EPDs
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
• Reimbursement packet supersedes application information
Genomic Enhanced EPDs utilize DNA information to improve the accuracy of the EPDs generated by the respective breed association.
Genomic Enhanced EPDs on a young unproven bull can have the same accuracy as a bull that has already produced several calves.
The maximum reimbursement increases to $1,600 for eligible bulls and semen with Genomic Enhanced EPDs.


PROGRAM GOALS: Increase the marketability, longevity and reputation of Tennessee's cattle

Application Period

Reimbursement Deadline
May 1, 2016

GUIDELINES: use application A to apply - pages 21 - 23 in printed application, application A instructions
Eligible Items
      1. Bulls
        a. Purchased bulls
        b. Leased bulls - $400 max.
      2. Artificial Insemination (AI)
        a. Semen from eligible AI sires
        b. Semen tanks, supplies & equipment
        c. AI technician fees and/or AI training certification
      3. Testing
        a. Breeding soundness evaluation (BSE)
        b. Pregnancy testing
Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) and Lifetime Net Merit (LNM) have changed for this application period. Breed eligibility criteria will be posted online by July 1, 2014 at and will be included in producer approval packet.

    1. Beef - bulls and semen must meet or exceed the min. requirements for one of the following three bull types. Each bull type has a different set of EPD requirements.
      a. Balanced bulls
      b. Terminal bulls
      c. Calving Ease bulls - eligible as Bred Beef Heifer service sire.
      The Calving Ease bull type has a minimum accuracy
      level to be set.
    2. Dairy - AI is encouraged.
      a. Lifetime Net Merit (LNM)
      b. Production index (ex. TPI for Holstein / JPI for Jersey)
      • LNM or Index values must be current as of June 1, 2015
    3. Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE) - licensed veterinarian within 90 days
    4. Electronic Identification (EID) - 15 digit number
    5. Artificial Insemination (AI) - EPD proof required
    6. Pregnancy testing - by a Tennessee licensed veterinarian

    Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) and Lifetime Net Merit (LNM) have changed for this application period. EPD values must be current as of June 1, 2015. EPDs must be generated and printed from the most prominent national association of members for each eligible beef breed. Eligible beef breeds for the TAEP Genetics program must have a national breed performance testing program that participates in a National Cattle Evaluation Program recognized by the Beef Improvement Federation.

    Breed eligibility criteria will be posted by July 1, 2015 at and will be included in the approval packet reimbursement instructions. NEW - Accuracy requirements will be posted with the EPDs for the Calving Ease bull type.

Ineligible Items - Most commonly requested
    1. Producer time and labor for AI work will not be reimbursed
    2. Embryo transfer
    3. Herd evaluation
    4. AI registration certificates
    5. Mileage, transportation and delivery expenses
    6. Computerized heat detection systems
    7. Carcass ultrasounding
For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email
Application A
Premises Registration