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TAEP Bull Purchase Reimbursement Tool

This TAEP Bull Purchase Reimbursement Tool is provided as a public service by the Department of Animal Science and the Tennessee Agricultural Enhancement Program (TAEP). The TAEP Bull Purchase Reimbursement Tool is an online aid to help in determining a bull’s qualification and potential reimbursement amount in the Tennessee Ag Enhancement Program. The online tool is intended to be used as a guide to provide information based solely on data entered by the user. The TAEP Bull Purchase Reimbursement Tool is provided without any guarantees of acceptance. 

Refer to ​2019 – 2020 TAEP Beef EPD and Accuracy Requirements​ for all program requirements.

If documentation provided by seller includes blanks for EPDs or accuracies or includes any interim EPDs, pedigree estimates, pedigree index (x.I. I+, P, P+ P+ or 0.05 Accuracy), or parental averages, please contact TDA representative Ryan Betzelberger, livestock.genetics@tn.gov

If you ha​ve any concerns or questions, please contact TDA representative Ryan Betzelberger, livestock.genetics@tn.gov  

Disclaimer of Liability
In preparation of the TAEP Bull Purchase Reimbursement Tool, every effort has been made to offer the most current, correct, and clearly expressed information possible. Nevertheless, inadvertent errors in information may occur. The information included in this TAEP Bull Purchase Reimbursement Tool was compiled by the Tennessee Department of Agriculture.

Bull Information

Genomic tested?


*** Pedigree must be submitted with reimbursement request and include EPDs, accuracies, genomic verification (if applicable), and have a printed date between October 1, 2019 and the date of purchase. ***

Reimbursement Eligibility
Calving Ease Bull
Balanced Bull
Terminal Bull

Calving Ease Group

CE acceptable?


BW acceptable?

Growth Group

WW acceptable?


YW acceptable?

Maternal Group

Milk acceptable?

Qualify as bull type?

Cost-share up to maximum of $0.00

** Reimbursements will be based on maximum allowed by TDA depending on genomic testing, sale price, and current Master Beef Producer Certificate. Please see “Examples of the TAEP Beef Genetics Program Cost Share” link below for more details. **

The results of the TAEP Bull Qualification Calculator does not guarantee reimbursement for the purchase of a bull through the Tennessee Agriculture Enhancement Program.

If you have any concerns or questions, please contact TDA representative, Ryan Betzelberger, livestock.genetics@tn.gov

** If printing from Firefox: Do NOT use the “Print Results” button. Instead, select Print from the web browser’s menu and scale to 80%. **

What Am I Looking For?

To use the calculator, first select the bull breed and whether the bull was genomic tested. Breeder and breed association websites will have documentation if the bull has Genomic Enhanced EPDs.

Next enter the EPD and accuracy numbers of your bull. By using the above example, the first line is the EPD number and the second line is the accuracy number you use to enter in the calculator boxes. Milk does not require an accuracy input.

Chart showing EPD entries


CED/CE/CE Direct = Calving Ease
BW = Birth Weight
WW = Weaning Weight
YW = Yearling Weight

After you have completed entering your information, click the “Check Eligibility” box. You are required to acknowledge that you have read the liability statement before your results are displayed.