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Spring Fling Friday

Anybody chasing a Shorthorn bull will find there is something for all types and budgets at the annual Shorthorn Spring Fling sale at Tamworth Regional Livestock Facility this month.
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Shorthorn Youth shine in Adelaide

Twenty five Shorthorn handlers attended the annual all breeds SA Junior Heifer Expo during the July school holidays at the Adelaide Showgrounds.
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Temperament Scoring

Futurity Shorthorns are amongst Shorthorn breeders who have begun collecting temperament phenotypes to be used for the development of a Shorthorn Docility EBV.
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Ruby & Roan Elite Sale

The Ruby & Roan Elite Shorthorn Genetics Sale will be held on Tuesday 11th July during the Shorthorn Beef Gala Conference dinner, to be held at the Commercial Hotel, Dubbo commencing at 6.00pm. The sale is interfaced with AuctionsPlus for those breeders who can't attend on the day.
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Temperament Scoring

IMG_6113_1Shorthorns have always enjoyed an excellent reputation for temperament, however with the ageing farming population and ever-rising costs, maintaining that reputation has never been more important.

Shorthorn Beef have begun collecting temperament data for the purpose of creating a Docility EBV for the Shorthorn breed.

Collecting data is best done at weaning before too much handling has impacted on the animals natural temperament. The process is recorded on farm and by the breeder and requires no extra equipment and there is no cost involved. Whilst some may see it as just one more trait for breeders to measure, few traits have a greater impact on the profitability of breeders, feedlotters and processors. As a single trait measurement it is also one of the easiest traits to measure and report and it has similar heritability to growth traits in cattle.

Cattle are given a score from 1 to 5 with 1 being docile and 5 being aggressive.

A detailed understanding of how to measure temperament is available in the following link. Breeders should download these descriptions before they begin taking scores.

For details on collecting the Temperament scores please follow the link here.

Understanding Docility EBVs

To download forms for collecting Temperament scores please use the link here.

Temperament Form

 

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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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