The Michigan Cattlemen's Association (MCA), in cooperation with Michigan State University, is sponsoring the 25th Anniversary MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Sale, March 16, at the test station, 325 Mt. Hope Road, Crystal, MI starting at 12:30 p.m.
The MCA/MSU Bull Test/Evaluation Program has been a very successful program for beef cattle genetic improvement over the last 25 years. The goal has been to aid beef producers in obtaining superior bulls that have been evaluated in a common environment for growth, breeding and structural soundness and carcass merit.
For those that would like to preview the sale offering, an open house is March 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the test station. The open house is designed to give potential buyers the opportunity to visit with the bull consignors. In addition, MSU Beef Specialists will be available to discuss bull buying strategies, bull development diets and interpret performance information. At 1 p.m. a discussion regarding new opportunities to add value to the Evaluation Program's sired calf crop will take place.
Producers from across Michigan have placed their best junior and senior bulls in the MCA/MSU evaluation program. Each bull that sells has ultrasound data to evaluate for ribeye area, external fat and the percent intramuscular fat. In addition, all bulls have been evaluated for reproductive potential, disposition and structural soundness.
This year's bull test includes six major breeds – Angus, Charolais, Hereford, Red Angus, SimAngus and Simmental. The Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) for growth, maternal and carcass traits on approximately 75 bulls will be published in the sale catalog and on the MCA website. For more information, contact the MCA office at (517) 347-8117, the Plank Farm at (989) 506-2061 or check the web site at www.micattlemen.org.