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Understanding Myostatin E226X

Recently, a copy of a Myostatin Gene mutation, known as Myostatin E226X, was described within the Shorthorn population in Australia. The Myostatin Gene is essential for the proper regulation of skeletal muscle mass. Mutations to the Myostatin gene make the gene less active or inactive, resulting in variations to normal phenotypes which can include muscular hypertrophy or double muscling.
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Richard Ham Life Membership Award

A very special event coincided with the dinner held at the National Show and Sale dinner. Richard Ham of Tataila Shorthorns, Moama, received a standing ovation when he was presented a Life Membership Award to Shorthorn Beef by Shorthorn Beef President Mathew Ashby.
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59th Dectomax National Shorthorn Show and Sale

The 59th Dectomax National Shorthorn Show and Sale has defied the trend this week, posting a very solid result despite extremely trying seasonal conditions across much of the sales traditional catchment area.
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2018 National Show Results

2018 National Show Results Nagol Park Shorthorns, Tamworth have taken the title of Grand Champion Bull at the 2018 Dectomax National Shorthorn Show and Sale with Nagol Park XLT M104. Comments from judge Stephen Peake of Bowen Poll Herefords and Peakes Angus, were “M104 is a standout. His display of phenotype, type of carcass and structure in a complete package.”
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Understanding the Different Registers

Shorthorn Beef Registers record the pedigree details of Shorthorn cattle and much more, including the colour, horn status and birth date.

The Shorthorn breed holds the oldest breed registry in the world. Maintaining this great legacy is an important role of the society.

Only Shorthorn cattle registered with one of the Shorthorn Beef registers are eligible for inclusion in the Shorthorn Group Breedplan.

Shorthorn Beef has five different registration levels


HBR – HERD BOOK RECORDED

The HBR register is the highest level of registration available. Herd Book registered animals are registered in the Shorthorn Society of Australia Herd Book.

HBR Shorthorn cattle are entitled to be included in Shorthorn Group BREEDPLAN.


SFA – SHORTHORN FOUNDATION ANIMAL REGISTER

The SFA register is for purebred, commercial, Shorthorn cattle. Animals that have been included in the Shorthorn Foundation Register are eligible to upgraded to HBR status.

The Shorthorn Foundation Register allows commercial cattle of significant value to be included as registered Shorthorns, allowing them to be included in Shorthorn Group BREEDPLAN.


SAR – SHORTHORN APPENDIX REGISTER

The SAR register is  a supplementary Herdbook which records the registration details of appendix animals from 1/2 Shorthorn cattle up to 15/16 Shorthorn cattle, at which point they are eligible for registration as HBR.

The SAR register allows Shorthorn cross cattle to be included as registered Shorthorns, allowing them to be included in Shorthorn Group BREEDPLAN.


COM – SHORTHORN COMMERCIAL REGISTER

The COM register is a supplementary Herd Book, which records the registration details of commercial Shorthorn cattle.

COM registered Shorthorn cattle are entitled to be included in Shorthorn Group BREEDPLAN.


MBR – MULTI BREED REGISTER

The MBR is a supplementary register which records the registration details of Hybrid and Composite Shorthorn cattle that are bred for the purpose of Seedstock production.

MBR registered Shorthorn Hybrid and Composite cattle are entitled to be included in the Shorthorn Multi Breed Group BREEDPLAN.

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About Shorthorn

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.

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