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Cattle Genetics


Livestock Minimum Requirements
Premises Registration
Cost Share
$1,200 Maximum
Cattle - 30 Head
Owned or Leased
BQA - Beef and Dairy
Standard 35%
Master 50%
Head of livestock = maximum number of single type, regardless of sex or age, at one time during the last 12 months.
Only one application, per premises or property, per family owned land, per household, per business, per application period is allowed.
Producers who qualify for both Cattle and Goats/Sheep can only receive
$1200 total reimbursement, with $350 maximum allowed for Goats/Sheep.


PROGRAM GOALS: Increase the marketability, longevity and reputation of Tennessee's cattle

2014 EPD and Dairy LNM or Index Requirements - check back after June 1, 2014

Application Period

Reimbursement Deadline
May 1, 2015

GUIDELINES: use application A to apply - pages 20 - 22 in printed application, application A instructions
Eligible Items
      1. Bulls (natural service)
        a. Purchased bulls - ownership must be maintained for a min. of 15 months
        b. Leased bulls - terms of lease - min. of 60 days up to one year
            • Max. lease reimbursement - $400
      2. Artificial Insemination (AI)
        a. Semen tanks
        b. Purchase of semen from eligible AI sires
            • Semen packages - max. reimbursement $15 per straw
        c. Supplies & Equipment
            • Estrus synchronization
            • Heat detection - computerized systems not eligible
            • AI kit, contents and sanitation supplies
            • Liquid nitrogen fills
        d. AI technician fees - mileage not eligible
        e. AI training certification - max. reimbursement $200
      3. Testing - mileage not eligible
        a. Breeding soundness evaluation (BSE)
        b. Pregnancy testing
Expected Progeny Differences (EPD’s) and Lifetime Net Merit (LNM) have changed for this application period. Breed eligibility criteria will be posted online by July 1, 2014 at and will be included in producer approval packet.
    1. Beef - AI and/or natural service bulls must meet or exceed the min. requirements for one of the following three bull types:
      a. Balanced bulls (balance of good calving ease, growth and maternal)
      b. Terminal bulls (improved growth with acceptable calving ease; maternal not required) for use on mature cows
      c. Calving ease bulls (improved calving ease with acceptable growth and maternal)
      Each bull type (Balanced, Terminal or Calving ease bull) has a different set of EPD requirements - the required set of EPD’s must be met for each of the following three EPD trait categories:
          • Calving ease (CE or BW)
          • Growth (WW or YW)
          • Maternal (Milk range)
      EPD values must be current as of June 1, 2014. EPD’s must be generated and printed from the most prominent national association of members for each eligible beef breed. Eligible beef breeds for the TAEP Genetics program must have a national breed performance testing program that participates in a National Cattle Evaluation Program recognized by the Beef Improvement Federation.
    2. Dairy - AI and/or natural service bulls must meet or exceed the min. requirements for one of the following two trait categories
      a. Lifetime Net Merit (LNM)
      b. Production index (ex. TPI for Holstein / JPI for Jersey)
      LNM or Index values must be current as of June 1, 2014
    3. Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BSE)
      a. Bulls must pass a BSE - certificate from a licensed veterinarian must be included with reimbursement request
      b. BSE must be completed within 90 days of purchase or reimbursement and must include confirmation of satisfactory semen quality. Producers are encouraged to test bulls for Trichomoniasis during BSE testing.
    4. Electronic Identification (EID) - 15 digit number
      a. Producer must identify bull with an electronic identification tag and provide number to TAEP
      b. Tags can be purchased at most farm supply stores or local veterinarian
    5. Artificial Insemination (AI)
      a. Cost of AI technicians or Tennessee licensed veterinarian fees are eligible; AI technicians must be certified by an accredited AI company
      b. Producers certified to do AI through an accredited program (e.g., Genex, ABS or Select Sires, etc) can do their own AI work Producer labor is not reimbursable
    6. AI Certification
      a. Training must be sponsored by an AI company that is a member of the National Association of Animal Breeders (NAAB) and follows the recommended guidelines
      b. Min. of two days training required - part of which must be in a classroom environment
    7. Testing
      a. BSE & pregnancy testing - must be performed by a Tennessee licensed veterinarian
      b. Veterinarian testing record with individual animal ID must be submitted for reimbursement
Ineligible Items - Most commonly requested
    1. Producer time and labor for AI work will not be reimbursed
    2. Embryo transfer
    3. Herd evaluation
    4. AI registration certificates
    5. Mileage, transportation and delivery expenses
    6. Computerized heat detection systems
    7. Carcass ultrasounding
For additional information call 1-800-342-8206 or email
Application A
Premises Registration