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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.

Qualifications

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
• 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 with a minimum 0.15 accuracy from the TAEP calving ease bull type requirements. AI bred to a high accuracy calving ease sire is recommended.

2. Preventative Health (Producer Affidavit required)

• Dewormed
• Vaccines - two rounds
       i.     Respiratory: IBR, BVD, PI3, BRSV. Recommended - fetal protection (FP)
      ii.     Blackleg: 7-way Clostridial
     iii.     Reproductive: Lepto. Recommended - Lepto HB

3. Current & Reproductive Health (Veterinarian Affidavit required)

• Official USDA permanent identification
• Veterinarian name, clinic, and phone number
• Test negative for BVD-PI; lab results 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 exam - palpation/ultrasound, pre-breeding examination, or when administering preventative herd health program.

Requirements

1. Producer Affidavit — attach pedigree(s) with EPDs , accuracies, and genomic status for sires and service sires

2. Veterinarian Affidavit — attach negative BVD-PI test results

Affidavit forms are available at www.tn.gov/taep in Producer Programs under Genetics, from Tennessee licensed veterinarians, and included in TAEP Genetics reimbursement packet. Affidavits 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.