CRYSTAL, Mich. — The Michigan Cattlemen’s Association and Michigan State University Extension invite you to the 2021 Bull Evaluation Open House and Sale. The MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program is the region’s premier central bull appraisal program and facility, aiming to aid producers in selecting and obtaining superior bulls. This year is the 33rd annual evaluation and, no doubt, the deepest set of bulls we have offered thus far.
One hundred 6- to 13-month-old bulls were intensely selected by regional seedstock breeders and placed in a common environment to be evaluated on rate of gain, soundness, and body composition. All bulls have genomically enhanced EPD’s, are subjected to a rigid health and vaccination protocol, and are verified free of lethal genetic defects. Each bull also has ultrasound data for percent of intramuscular fat, ribeye area and external fat. Performance reports are posted online at www.MIBulls.com. All sale bulls must pass rigorous tests including:
- Surpassed minimum 2.8 lb/day gain during 112-day growth trial.
- Determined to be docile with excellent temperament during 5 months at the station – zero tolerance policy for flightiness or aggressiveness.
- Deemed to have acceptable structure and passed foot angle & claw set score requirements.
- Passed breeding soundness exam, including physical exam, scrotal circumference requirements, & semen evaluation.
- We also measure important traits that affect profitability such as carcass traits (intramuscular fat, ribeye area, & rib fat), frame score, and pelvic area.
A catalog featuring the sale bulls with detailed descriptions is available upon request and is posted along with videos of each sale bull at www.MIBulls.com An open house will be held on March 6, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the bull evaluation facility, 375 Mt. Hope Road, Crystal, MI 48818 or call ahead and schedule a time at your convenience. The bull sale will be held March 20 beginning at 12:30 p.m. at the bull evaluation facility and will be broadcast live through the DVAuction website.
With breeding season right around the corner, this is an opportunity for cattle producers to purchase their next herd sire backed by extensive performance records. Contact the Michigan Cattlemen’s Association at info@MICattlemen.org or 517-347-8117 for more details.
— Michigan Cattlemen’s Association/Michigan State University Extension
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