Enrolling in the Carcass Merit Program

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Enrolling in the Carcass Merit Program

The Carcass Merit Program is a great way to get an idea of how your sire stacks up against the other superior sires in the beef industry. This is done through progeny tests performed on calves sired by your bull. With these tests, we are able to adjust the EPD’s according to how your sire performs and increase the accuracy making the sire more marketable. If you wish to lead the industry in genetic improvement, the Carcass Merit Program is just the tool for you.


1. Call or email Lane Giess This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / (406) 587.4531 ext. 522 with nominations or questions.
2. The sire will be checked to make sure it hasn’t already been enrolled in the program.
3. You will be contacted with any deadline or shipping details.
4. You will send in 100 units of semen to:

Attn: ASA Carcass Merit Program
10 West Arrow Creek Road
Huntley, MT 59037

Contact Angela Vesco about transfer or shipment of semen to our account.
Office: 406.348.2345
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5. You will provide a High-Resolution photo of the nominated bull(s) if possible.
6. If parental validation or 50K DNA tests have not been completed, ASA will do it at your expense (no more than if you did it) upon receiving the semen.
-It is required that all sires be parentally validated and 50K DNA tested. Both tests can be done for $90. Unfortunately, if parental validation has already been completed the cost is still $90.
7. Enough cattle will be bred to provide approximately 12 to 15 carcasses. - If not enough calves were born to provide 12 carcass records, you will be reimbursed or given the option to re-sample the bull in the following year's CMP class at no cost.
8. You will be billed $1,500 when breeding is finished.
9. You will be updated periodically on the status of the calves.
10. All data collected will be included in the earliest data run possible so that EPD’s can be adjusted accordingly.

We are excited to continue to help you sort out the superior sires, assist all breeders in making the best possible genetic decisions and improve the marketability of your bulls.


If you'd like to increase the value of your seed stock operation, develop a more profitable cowherd, or increase the accuracy of the EPDs on your bulls, take a few moments to check out this video about enrolling in the Carcass Merit Program, and hear first hand from Carcass Merit participant Jim Butcher of Gateway Simmentals about his experience with the program.

To promote the ASA Carcass Merit Program, ASA has launched a new video spotlighting the carcass merit herds: Stuart Land and Cattle, Rosedale, VA; E.L. Peterson Ranch, Judith Gap, MT; the Bair Ranch Foundation Ranch, Martinsdale, MT; and the Wang Ranch in Wibaux, MT. 

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