The checkoff was signed into law by the 1985 Farm Bill as a part of the Beef Promotion and Research Act. $1-per-head must be submitted every time (bovine) cattle or calves are sold, regardless of age, sex or purpose.
Producers who are direct marketing their meat to customers by halves, quarters or by cut by law must remit the dollar for every animal harvested to sell. A dollar per head must be remitted directly to the Michigan Beef Industry Commission once a year by the seller. The buyer is considered to be miscellaneous as the product is sold to various customers.
Youth livestock sales are an important part of many county 4-H programs throughout the state. These sales are not exempt from remitting the checkoff. Be sure to check with your auction organizer to find out if the dollar checkoff was remitted on your behalf. Educating our youth about marketing production livestock is an important component of the 4-H program. These sales must be remitted once a year after the fair or cattle show.
The Beef Checkoff was established to include all bovines, including dual-purpose animals such as dairy cattle. One dollar is collected every time a bovine animal is sold regardless of its age or production type. Additionally, the checkoff is due on private sales of dairy animals to other producers or cattle dealers; including dairy replacements and bull calves.
Auction markets, order buyers, feedlots and large scale direct marketers may be included as monthly remitters. All forms are due by the 15th of each month.