Carcass Merit Program (CMP)


ASA's Young Sire Progeny
Testing Program

Want a $200 premium for each carcass record?  Want access to cutting-edge genetics that will help boost the growth in your steer and build better replacement heifers – at no cost?

ASA's Young Sire Progeny Testing Program

With the first matings at the Sheek Ranch, Cabool, Missouri, in the spring of 1997, the American Simmental Association launched a program that would eventually change the direction and collective futures of all producers and users of Simmental Genetics.  Then simply known as the Carcass Merit Project, the top sires of the Simmental and Simbrah breeds were randomly mated to commercial females with the plan to collect difficult to collect progeny sire group carcass information.

In addition to information about carcass traits, this program contributes birth, weaning, and yearling weights, and calving ease scores.

Genomic improvement is a priority. The ASA pays for all genotyping costs and provides tissue-sampling units (TSU) to cooperators with support from AllflexTM.

Carcass Merit Sire Evaluation Program

You may ask yourself, who pays for all this? Bull owners commit thousands of dollars each year to get an unbiased evaluation for the next generation of genetically influential young candidate sires. This information is important for all SimGenetic users as it builds significant accuracy for economically important EPDs and assists in the early screening for bulls that possess unique levels of trait differential and thus provide maximum selection leverage.

The data collected has allowed the ASA to amass substantial information for benchmarking so that performance and value expectations can be conveyed to current and potential customers of our members. From providing confidence regarding levels of calving assistance, all the way to predicting end product value for those wishing to be profitable in the feeding business, ASA can reliably estimate the performance of their genetic products due in part to the information collected on SimGenetic sires tested in these “real world” commercial situations. The CMP steers are born, raised, fed, and harvested in nearly every cattle-feeding region of the nation.

If you’re interested in being a commercial cooperator herd, click here.

If you’re interested in nominating a sire for CMP semen, click here.

For more information, contact the American Simmental Association

Phone: 406-587-4531

Email: CMP@simmgene.com.

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