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Genetics: Goats and Sheep

Eligible Items

1. Bulls – purchased (or leased - $400 max. per bull)
2. Al - semen from eligible AI sires (EPD, PI, or LNM proof required), semen tanks, liquid nitrogen fills, synchronization cost, AI supplies and equipment, AI technician fees, and/or AI training certification.
3. Testing of current herd by Tennessee licensed veterinarian - BSE and pregnancy testing
4. Bred beef heifers

Requirements - Bulls

1. Test negative for BVD-PI (certificate required)
2. 840 EID – "840" are the first three digits - available from veterinarian at time of BSE and PI testing
3. BSE - licensed veterinarian within 90 days
4. Dairy - bulls and semen must meet or exceed the minimum LMN or PI requirements; AI is encouraged
5. Beef - bulls and semen must meet or exceed the minimum requirements for one of the following three bull types. Each bull type has a different set of EPD requirements. Evaluate bull pedigree EPDs subject to EPD requirements.  
          a. Balanced bulls
          b. Calving ease bulls
          c. Terminal bulls

Livestock Minimum Requirements Certifications Lifetime Limit
Goats and/or Sheep - 50 Head Not applicable Not applicable
$2,000 Maximum Reimbursement
Standard 35% Cost Share   |   Master 50% Cost Share
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
Goats/Sheep can be combined to meet minimum number requirement.

Eligible Items - Goats

1. Bucks (registered) - $350 maximum per buck
     • Fullblood
     • Purebred

2. AI
     • Semen from eligible bucks
     • Semen tanks, supplies, and equipment
     • AI fees

3. Testing – by Tennessee licensed veterinarian
     • BSE
     • Pregnancy testing

Eligible Items - Sheep

1.  Rams (registered) - $350 maximum per ram
     • RR results for the Scrapie Codon 171 Genotype test
     • NN results for the Spider Syndrome Genotype test

2. AI
     • Semen from eligible rams
     • Semen tanks, supplies, and equipment
     • AI fees

3. Testing – by Tennessee licensed veterinarian
     • Breeding soundness evaluation (BSE)
     • Pregnancy testing

Requirements - Bucks and Rams

1. Physical Examination or BSE
     • Must be completed within 90 days of purchase or reimbursement by a licensed veterinarian
2. Official Identification - breed registry tattoo, microchip, or scrapie tag
3. Pedigree
     • Bucks – registered Fullblood or Purebred
     • Rams – registered
4. Genotype test results – rams must be clean for Scrapie and Spider genes

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