Genetics: Cattle

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Cattle - 30 Head BQA – Beef and Dairy Not Applicable
$1,800 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share   |   Master 50% Cost Share
50% Cost Share Eligible Master Courses for Genetics - Cattle

Master Beef

Master Dairy

Master Farm Manager

Master Small Ruminant

Master Farm Family Health & Wellness

Applicant must meet at least one minimum program requirement at time of application.
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.

Eligible Items

1. Bulls — purchased (or leased — $500 maximum per bull)
2. AI — semen from eligible AI sires (EPD, PI, or LNM proof required), new semen tanks, liquid nitrogen fills, synchronization cost, AI supplies & equipment, AI technician fees, and/or AI training certification
3. Bred beef heifers

Requirements - Bulls

1. BVD-PI — test negative for BVD-PI; lab results required; ear notch samples must be submitted if using TDA Kord Lab

2. 840 EID — “840” are the first three digits — available from veterinarian at time of BSE, BVD-PI, and Trichomoniasis testing

3. BSE — performed by licensed veterinarian within 90 days of purchase; Trichomoniasis testing recommended

4. Dairy — bulls and semen must meet or exceed the minimum LNM or PI requirements; AI is recommended

5. Beef — bulls and semen must meet or exceed EPD requirements in each of the two (2) EPD groups (Calving Ease and Growth) for one of the following three bull types

a. Balanced — must meet (2) of (2) EPD groups (Calving Ease and Growth); Maternal group suggested

b. Calving Ease — must meet (2) of (2) EPD groups (Calving Ease and Growth); Maternal group suggested

c. Terminal — must meet (2) of (2) EPD groups (Calving Ease and Growth)

EPD, Accuracy, and Genomic Information

TAEP 2022 - 2023 EPD and Accuracy Requirements will be posted in September 2022 at www.tn.gov/taep in Producer Programs under Genetics and will be included in the reimbursement packet. EPDs have changed for this application period and must be current as of October 1, 2022.

Eligible beef breeds for the TAEP Genetics program must have a national breed performance testing program that participates in a National Cattle Evaluation (NCE)program recognized by the Beef Improvement Federation. Genomic Enhanced or true NCEEPDs must be calculated and printed from the most prominent breed association.

$1,000 Maximum Reimbursement — Bulls with qualifying true NCE EPDs with a minimum 0.15 accuracy for Calving Ease and Growth groups for one of the three eligible bull types

•      Bulls must have true NCE EPDs with a minimum 0.15 accuracy complete on breed association pedigree to be eligible for either 35% or 50% cost share reimbursement up to $1,000.

•      Breed association pedigree must be submitted with reimbursement request and include EPDs, accuracies, and have a printed date between October 1, 2022 and June 1, 2023.

$1,800 Maximum Reimbursement — Bulls with eligible Genomic Enhanced EPDs for Calving Ease and Growth groups for one of the three eligible bull types

•      Genomic Enhanced EPD verification must be complete on breed association pedigree to be eligible for either 35% or 50% cost share reimbursement up to $1,800.

•      Breed association pedigree must be submitted with reimbursement request and include EPDs, accuracies, genomic verification, and have a printed date between October 1, 2022 and June 1, 2023.

Payment may be denied if individual bulls do not have true NCE EPDs with a minimum 0.15 accuracy calculated by their breed association by June 1, 2023. These EPDs must meet or exceed minimum TAEP EPD requirements. Interim EPDs, pedigree estimates, pedigree index (ex. I, I+, P, P+ or 0.05 Accuracy), or parental averages are not eligible for reimbursement.

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