2013-2014 MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program

 Annual Sale - March 15, 2014 at 12:30 pm

BullThe MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Program is a cooperative effort between the Michigan Cattlemen's Association, Michigan State University, and Plank Farm.  The objectives of the program are to:

  • Promote performance-evaluated beef cattle and serve as an educational tool to acquaint producers with its overall value.

  • Provide a common environment for evaluating young bulls for rate of gain, soundness, and body composition.

  • Aid beef producers in obtaining superior bulls that have been evaluated for growth, breeding and structural soundness, and carcass merit.

For the 2013-14 evaluation, we are at station capacity with 108 bulls.  These are among the finest bulls in the region and include 60 Angus, 26 Simmental, 13 SimmAngus, 5 Red Angus, 2 Polled Hereford, and 2 Charolais.

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 Our Open House will be held March 1, 2014.  Click here for details.

Evaluation schedule
Consignor locations [map] 

2013-14 BullsPerformance summaries
PDF Initial (on test) summary
PDF 28-d summary
PDF 56-d summary
PDF 84-d summary
PDF 112-d (off test) summary

Consignor Nominations - Due Sept 3, 2013

PDF Nomination announcement
PDF Rules, Policies, and Nomination Form
PDF Consignor delivery forms

Pre-test Management
Pre-test Requirement: Testing Cattle for Persistent BVD Infection
Recommended Pre‐test Management: Controlling Bovine Coccidiosis
Recommended Pre‐test Management: Controlling Bovine Papillomas


The MCA/MSU Bull Evaluation Station is located at Plank Farm, 325 Mt. Hope Rd., Crystal, MI. [
Map]  Get directions

Buyers may board their bull at the station post sale.  Contact Brian Plank for more details.


2010-2012 Buyer and consignor survey results
25 Year History of the MCA/MSU Bull Test/Evaluation Program
Considerations When Purchasing Bulls at the MCA/MSU Bull Test Sale  pdfBull Evaluation Contacts

Catalog requests, consignor information

Mr. George Quackenbush, Exec. V.P. Michigan Cattlemen's Association
2145 University Park Dr., Ste. 300 Okemos, MI 48864   517-347-8117

Evaluation coordinator
Dr. Dan Buskirk, Assoc. Professor/Beef Extension Specialist, Dept. of Animal Science, MSU
474 S. Shaw Ln, 2265 Anthony Hall, E. Lansing, MI 48824    ph: 517-432-0400  fax: 517-432-0147

Evaluation management
Plank Farms, Oscar, Paula, Brian
325 Mount Hope Rd., Crystal, MI 48818   ph: 989-235-6253  fax: 989-235-3730
Brian Plank   mobile: 989-506-2061

Past evaluations (archive)



Quick Links
American Angus Association
American Simmental Association
American Hereford Association
American Red Angus Association
American-International Charolais Association
Beef Improvement Federation
Central Bull Test Stations (list maintained by Angus Productions)