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Genetics: Bred Beef Heifers

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit $2,000 Maximum Reimbursement
Cattle - 30 Head BQA – Beef Not Applicable $400 max per heifer
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.

Guidelines

1. Stewardship Information (Producer Affidavit required)

• Official USDA permanent identification - heifers must be individually and permanently identified with 840 EID or metal tag, breed registry brand, or tattoo
• Ownership – seller (and breeder – if different) name, address, and phone number
          - Pre-breeding examinations at 12-15 months of age (including disposition scoring, reproductive tract scoring, and pelvic measurements) performed by a licensed veterinarian are encouraged
• Sale Information – price and sale date
• Age - maximum of 28 months at time of purchase
• Sire of bred beef heifers - must have EPDs from an eligible TAEP breed association
• Service Sire (AI or natural) - heifers must be bred to a bull that meets either the CE or BW Genomic Enhanced EPD or true NCE EPD from the TAEP calving ease bull type requirements.
       - AI breeding to a high accuracy calving ease sire is recommended
       - All bull types must have true NCE EPDs with minimum 0.15 accuracy for the Calving Ease (CE or BW) and Growth (WW or YW) categories. Interim EPDs, pedigree estimates, pedigree index (ex. I, I+, P, P+ or 0.05 Accuracy), or parental averages are not eligible for reimbursement.

2. Preventative Health (Producer Affidavit required)

• Dewormed
• Vaccines - two rounds
       i.     Respiratory: IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV
      ii.     Blackleg: 7-way Clostridial
     iii.     Reproductive: Lepto, Vibrio (Lepto HB is recommended)

3. Current & Reproductive Health (Veterinarian Affidavit required)

• Official USDA permanent identification
• Veterinarian name, clinic, and phone number
• Test negative for BVD-PI (certificate required)
• Pregnancy status - minimum of 90 days bred at date of purchase
• Size - minimum of 800 pounds at pregnancy exam
• Frame/muscle score - must be either L1, L2, M1, or M2 - see TDA “Make the Grade – A Guide to USDA Grades for Cattle”

Tip - 840 EID tag, BVD-PI test, and Trichomoniasis test are available from veterinarian at time of BSE, pregnancy testing, pre-breeding examination, or when administering preventative herd health program.

Requirements

1.     It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure their project is eligible and meets all TAEP criteria.
2.     Producer Affidavit and pedigrees
3.     Veterinarian Affidavit and test results

The Producer Affidavit and Veterinarian Affidavit forms allow up to five (5) heifers with consistent management and breeding to be listed on each form. List all IDs, birth date range, and range of days pregnant.

Email livestock.genetics@tn.gov for additional information.