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Shorthorns Perth Interbreed Success

Shorthorns have continued their success at Perth Royal Show, taking out Senior Champion Bull and Junior Champion Female in the Perth Interbreed judging this afternoon.
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Roan steer for Black Dog

A Shorthorn steer from Phil Burnetts, Crathes Shorthorns, has been auctioned at the Perth Royal Show for $7,000, raising money and awareness for the Black Dog Ride in WA.
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Life Membership for Alex Burrows

Narralda Shorthorns principal Alex Burrows has been awarded with life membership in recognition of his years of service to the Shorthorn breed
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Shorthorns take Borthwick

The Shorthorn breed has won the Borthwick trophy at this years Royal Melbourne Show.
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Thousand Guineas Inaugural win

Thousand Guineas has taken out a silver medal after being entered for the first time in a Branded Beef taste testing competition.
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Office Closed

The Shorthorn Office will be closed Monday 3rd October 2016 to Friday 7th October 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
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THE SHORTHORN BREED

The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

Since 1800, Australian cattle producers have turned to the Shorthorn breed to fulfill their genetic requirements; maternal efficiency, effective growth and carcass excellence.

From the romance of the outback to the legends of the high country, Shorthorn cattle were integral in building the Australian Beef industry, helping to feed and grow a nation.

Todays Shorthorn breeders are progressive and innovative, driven by the same passion to deliver outstanding performance and create value within the supply chain.

The Shorthorn breed demonstrates what happens when a rich history meets a bright future.

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Marellan Shorthorns have posted an outstanding sale result at their 2nd annual on-property sale, Emerald, QLD.
In total, 40/42 bulls sold to a top price of $22,000 and an average of $9,425.
Top-priced bull was Marellan Rugby, a 844kg powerhouse with an EMA of 123sq.cm.
Rugby sold to Ian and Cameron Hewitt, Hanging Rock Station, Belyando, who bought three bulls at the sale for an average of $18,000.
The second-top priced bull of the sale was Marellan Real Estate, selling for $19,000 to the Bowman family, Dingo.
Lincoln Job said he and his wife Lisa were thrilled with the results of the sale. “The sale was outstanding, we are very gratified with the support, especially since it came from both repeat clients and a lot of new guys,” he said. “The sale exceeded our expectations, we’re absolutely stoked, every single lot except one was sold to Queensland commercial producers, which is what we’re aiming for - to have bulls that blend with Bos Indicus cows, focusing on meat quality and performance traits."
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Shorthorns have continued their success at Perth Royal Show, taking out Senior Champion Bull and Junior Champion Female in the Perth Interbreed judging this afternoon.
Shorthorn Youth member, Jai Thomas, fresh off winning 3 of the 4 Champion classes in the Shorthorn judging, has won the prestigious titles in this years competition.
Senior Champion Interbreed Bull was JT Country Life Ketut K03, a moderate, thick, deep red ET son of Sprys Patent Ace G38 and from the Sprys Legends Marglory Y069 donor. Ketut K03 is a 3/4 brother to the $28,000 Sprys Double Barrel H155, the top selling bull at the Sprys 2014 annual sale, purchased by the Loane family, Dunroan Shorthorns, Tasmania.
Junior Champion Interbreed female was JT Country Life Legend L04, a roan Waukaru Patent 8161 daughter from the Sprys EXT Annie D063 donor dam.
In Tuesdays Shorthorn judging, judge Erica Halliday, Walcha, NSW described the Senior Champion female as "the kind of cow I would just love to bring home to my herd." The 2 year old, Crathes Marrington K10, is a daughter of Sprys Advancer A114 from the Crathes Marrington E19 dam and presented with an excellent calf at side. Crathes Marrington K10 was exhibited by new owner, Jai Thomas, JT Country Life Shorthorns.
Junior Bull was taken out by Crathes LennonL60, exhibited by Crathes principal Phil Burnett. A son of Crathes Gatling, the sire of the $7,000 Black Dog Ride charity steer, and out of the Crathes Tessa G74 dam, the judging was an outstanding display of the quality of Shorthorns currently in Western Australia.
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A Shorthorn steer from Phil Burnetts, Crathes Shorthorns, has been auctioned at the Perth Royal Show for $7,000, raising money and awareness for the Black Dog Ride in Western Australia.

The roan steer, Winston 8th, weighed 552 kilograms with 10mm fat and is a son of Crathes Gatling. Winston had earlier been judged as the Reserve Champion steer by NSW judge Craig Gapes.

Purchased by Harvey Beef at the charity auction for $7,000, Harvey Beef’s Kym MacDougall said “that everything was right about Winston for our market.”

The Perth Royal was not the first outing for Winston either. The idea to purchase a steer for the charity auction was the brainchild of Dardanup farmer Peter Milton, who first approached Black Dog Ride founder, Steve Andrews, with the concept in the early days of the foundation. Since 2010, 7 steers have been purchased and sold at the charity auction, but not before they make the rounds promoting and raising awareness of depression and suicide.

Winston was this year sponsored by Iluka Minerals, a mineral sands company, based at Capel. Iluka human resources advisor Steve Reynolds said the company’s employees chose to support mental health organisations over the last two years and this year chose Winston. Winston has visited mine sites for RUOK days, raising awareness of mental health issues. Winston, named after Winston Churchill who suffered from depression, has also made appearances at shopping centres, festivals and schools, helping to deliver the important message to the broader community.

The cause is one that clearly gives a tremendous sense of purpose to Peter Milton, who describes the troubles that people had recognising mental health issues in the early days. “If someone committed suicide it could not be reported, it was listed as died tragically or similar. Since no-one ever died from suicide, there was never any funding towards it or people talking about mental health. The Black Dog Ride is helping to change that, to increase the level of understanding that mental health issues are nothing more than an illness and not a crime. 1 in 5 people are affected by mental health, if you ask a group of people to honestly put there hand up if they are suffering from mental health issues, you will be amazed by how many do.”

Black Dog Ride founder Steve Andrews started the organisation after he felt the need to raise awareness and create a national conversation so people living with mental illness felt like they could speak up and seek support.

In 2009, Mr Andrews went on a motorbike journey around Australia to engage with people about his message and took a black dog toy named Winston, which represented the black dog of depression and Winston Churchill’s diary entry.

Since then, Black Dog Ride has coordinated 141 rides around Australia and the USA and raised more than $2 million for mental health services nation-wide.

The Perth Royal Show steer auction saw a top price of $7,500 this year, a new show record, for a Shorthorn cross steer exhibited by JT Country Life Shorthorns. The Grand Champion steer was purchased by Jim Quilty for the Thomas family to exhibit at the show and was agin purchased by Harvey Beef.

Anyone who may be struggling with mental health issues are encouraged to call Lifeline on 13 11 14.
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The Shorthorn breed has won the Borthwick trophy at this years Royal Melbourne Show.

The competition combines live judging and carcase points of teams of three pure-bred steer.

The Shorthorn team included a steer exhibited by Finley High School (by Sprys Exclusive J13 and out of a Finley High School cow), one exhibited by Longerong College (bred by Eloora Shorthorn) and one exhibited by McKay Bros, Marschay Shorthorns (sired by Marschay Holmes).

This years team finished with a score of 339.75 out of 400. The Shorthorn team’s total carcass score was almost 10 points clear of the second place getters, and was the only team to have all three steers awarded more than 85 points each out of 100. The three steers were awarded 85.75, 90.3 and 86.7.

The Borthwick Trophy is widely recognised as one of the most prestigious interbreed steer and carcase competitions in Australia.

Longerenong College’s Eloora exhibit was the highest scoring carcass in the team, and second highest across the Borthwick judging, at 90.3. The 644kg steer yielded 58.6 per cent, with an eye muscle area of 106 square centimetres.

Breeder Dion Brook, of Eloora Shorthorns, at Cavendish, said the win vindicated the dir­ection the breed was headed in, and followed on from Shorthorns success in this years RAS NSW and RNA Queensland beef carcass competitions as well as a silver medal for JBS Australia's Thousand Guineas Shorthorn brand in the Sydney Royal Fine Foods competition.

Further highlighting the Shorthorn breeds carcass quality credentials, all 3 champions from the live judging were Shorthorn cross calves.
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