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Programs

Pennsylvania Bull Credit Program

PURPOSE:

     Assist Pennsylvania beef producers in purchasing quality bulls that will enhance the value of feeder steers going to market, as well as replacement heifers added back to their herd.

GOAL:

     Create more marketing opportunities for PA beef producers. It is the plan of the Center for Beef Excellence to improve the quality of feeder cattle in the state to allow them to be better positioned to enter feedlots, which will improve the price producers received for their cattle.

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The Bull Credit Program will reimburse Pennsylvania producers $1,000 towards the purchase of a qualifying bull. Bulls may be purchased through the Livestock Evaluation Center's Bull Test Sale or Private Treaty from another Pennsylvania beef producer. 

Producers must complete an application and follow all program guidelines.

The application round for 2023-2024 is now closed.

Please check back for the 2024-2025 application round opening late summer/fall 2024.

**Applications MUST be received by 5 pm on the last day of the grant round.**

2023-2024 Program Requirements 

  • Bulls can be purchased via the Bull Test Sale at the Livestock Evaluation Center OR Private Treaty​​

  • Applicant MUST be a Pennsylvania beef producer

  • Bull purchased must be born and raised in Pennsylvania

  • Bull must be no older than 2 years old

  • Bull must be registered through a breed association (registration number will be required for grant reimbursement)

  • Bull must be semen tested and pass a Breeding Soundness Exam (BSE)

  • Minimum purchase price of $3,000

  • One credit per operation

  • Producers are eligible for this grant program once every three (3) years

  • Applications MUST be received by CBE by 5 pm on the last day of the grant round

  • Preference will be given to BQA Certified producers

 

By applying for and accepting this grant, you agree that the Center for Beef Excellence may contact you in the future to obtain information regarding calves that are produced from the bull you purchased including, but not limited to the following:

 

  • Weaning weights

  • Where/how calves were sold (private, sale barn, etc.)

  • Background of calves

  • Photos of bull and/or calves produced

 

THE APPLICATION ROUND FOR 2023-2024 HAS CLOSED! PLEASE WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2024-2025 GRANT ANNOUNCEMENTS.

 

 

Program Application-click here.

The following items MUST be included with your application:

  • Copy of paid invoice

  • Copy of bull's semen test (if purchased via Private Treaty)

  • Copy of bull's registration

  • BQA Certification status

  • Signed application

  • If requesting Pre-Approval for Bull Test Sale, these items will be required to be submitted after the sale

 

**Please do NOT send original paperwork**

Grants are reimbursement-based, paid upon receipt by CBE of all required documentation.

For more information email mkirk.cbe@gmail.com or call 570-687-3150.

 

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