Cattlemen's Tool Kit

MSU Beef Team

The MSU Beef Team serves the Michigan beef industry by engaging in research, education and extension that enhances the quality of life for constituents through opportunities to advance animal health, welfare, productivity, environmental sustainability, product quality and economic viability.

Market Reports and Resources

The MSU Beef Team Marketing page provides links to reports for several Michigan livestock markets and other pricing resources related to the cattle industry. 

Animal Identification

Begining March 1, 2007, all cattle leaving their Michigan premises are required to be tagged with a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag.  The Michigan premises registration and the Michigan Animal Identification System has been established to aid efforts in eradication of bovine tuberculosis and is mandatory.

National Beef Quality Audit

All cattlemen are part of a dynamic industry that has a long history of producing the safest, highest quality beef in the world.  The cattle industry is ever changing with new challenges every day.  Results of the National Beef Quality Audits, funded by The Beef Checkoff, provide needed information in order to meet these challenges. 

Beef Quality Assurance

Beef Quality Assurance is a nationally coordinated and state implemented program that is funded through the beef checkoff.  BQA provides guidelines for beef cattle production and raises consumer confidence through offering proper management techniques and a commitment to quality within every segment of the beef industry.

The efforts of BQA across the nation have been instrumental in recent successes that continue to re-build and sustain beef demand.  Through BQA programs, farmers and ranchers recognize the economic value of committing to quality beef production at every level - not just at the feedlot or packing plant, but within every segment of the cattle industry.

BQA Videos

A library of videos covering a variety of BQA topics.

Youth Animal Care Training

The program features free online educational training modules for youth high school age and younger. Through participation in the training, youth can improve their knowledge of animal handling, animal welfare, antimicrobial residue avoidance and food safety. After a training package is completed, a certificate is available for printing.

Bovine Tuberculosis

Since 1994, the state of Michigan has recognized a problem with bovine TB in wild white-tailed deer from a fourteen county area in northeastern Lower Michigan.  The presence of Bovine TB puts Michigan’s cattle industry at risk. 


The Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP) is an innovative, proactive program that helps farms of all sizes and all commodities voluntarily prevent or minimize agricultural pollution risks.

  MAEAP Minute - Voogt Farms of Marne has been verfied in the Livestock System since 2002 and was reverified in 2012. Gary Voogt shares why he became involved with the program and how easy it can be to become verified. 

Fall Cattle Sale Schedule

Our complete list of Michigan club calf, breeding cattle and feeder cattle sales.  Thank you to the producers who advertise their sales in The Michigan Cattleman magazine. 

MCA Vaccination Stamp Program 

MCA members have the opportunity to sell their cattle with the MCA STAMP, acknowledging that their cattle have met MCA's recommended health protocol for vaccination and preconditioning.   

MSU Beef Cattle Ultrasound Program

Michigan State University now has a person certified to do cattle ultrasound scanning in Michigan.  Kevin Gould, MSU Extension Beef Educator in Ionia will be scheduling on-farm ultrasound scanning for yearling heifers adn bulls and can also scan for feedlots. 

MSU Extension Bull Breeding Soundness Exam Clinics

Michigan State University Extension Team has organized Bull Breeding Soundness Exam Clinics. There are six different locations around the state of Michigan. The attached sheet lists locations, dates, and contact information to set up exams.