Carcass Merit Programs (CMP)

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Cooperator Herds Wanted

Would you like to get paid to use some of the most promising young bulls in the industry? Do you have accurate and consistent record keeping? Then we have the program for you!

The ASA is seeking additional cooperator herds for the Carcass Merit Program. Spring or Fall calving herds are welcome.

Incentives for Cooperators 

Free semen from the industries top herd sire prospects.

All cows in the herd will be put in ASA’s database which will provide EPDs for every female. This allows you to make selection and culling decisions within the cowherd based on EPDs.

You have the option to retain all or some of the females produced from the program

ASA will pay $60/AI sired carcass that is harvested

Cooperators will get carcass data back on all the calves harvested through the program. 

A portion of the CMP calves have feed intake collected and records shared with the cooperators.


How does it work? 

ASA assigns all matings in a random fashion so that the test produces unbiased, accurate results. 

ASA will work to provide bulls that fit the general criteria of your herd. However, ASA must use only bulls that are enrolled in the program. 

At least two sires will be used per contemporary group and ASA likely will use several sires per contemporary group to provide better more accurate test results.

Only bulls with high calving ease EPDs are used on heifers.



1. All cows will be individually identified along with the birth year and approximate breed makeup

2. Collect birth weights, calving ease scores, and weaning weights on CMP sired calves

3. Beneficial but not required — have a current AI program established

4. Must commit to collecting carcass data


Contact Lane Giess or Jannine Story for more information at 406-587-4531.

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