Why Shorthorns

footerlogoIt’s a big question, but we are really glad you asked!!

Because Shorthorn cattle are bred to solve problems, not create them.

The Shorthorn community is a dynamic and exciting place to be.

Backed by an innovative and professional approach to solving the needs of today’s challenging production environment, Shorthorn breeders believe in the continuing development of the breed and strive to ensure that the breed continues to deliver for both it’s members and customers.

The Shorthorn community thrives on innovation and created one of Australia’s first, large scale, progeny test programs, the Durham Research and Development program, driving genetic gain and progress within the breed.

Shorthorn Youth enjoys a tremendous reputation for cultivating today’s Youth into tomorrows leaders, in a safe and friendly environment.

Whether you are looking for solutions to increase your bottom line, or would like to feel as though you are part of something bigger, the Shorthorn community prides itself on being a great community to be part of.


BeefShorthornS“The breed that built Australia”

Maternal efficiency is one of the greatest profit drivers in any cattle breeding business, and the Shorthorn breed excels in efficient and effective production.

Whether you are using Shorthorns in a purebred or crossbred herd, Shorthorn females enjoy a reputation as one of the most efficient and functional production breeds in the world.

Australia is a country of extreme seasonal variation. Shorthorn cattle are extremely Feed Efficient, allowing them to retain high fertility levels and high production records, even under tough seasonal conditions.

For cross breeding herds, Shorthorns genetics balance out all the traits of economic importance, however, Shorthorns are also one of the most complimentary breeds in the world, having formed the basis of over 40 breeds worldwide.

With an ideal temperament and increased longevity, Shorthorn females are in demand. For purebred herds they retain your capital value for longer than other breeds, for crossbred herds they allow you to capture both maternal heterosis and genetic gain with one of the worlds most complimentary breeds.


IMG_4098“Because the customer is always right”

Shorthorn breeders understand that they are one link in the Beef Supply Chain. More than understand it, they respect it.

Quality or quantity, always the big question for any production system.  So why target just one category?

Shorthorn cattle have excellent marbling traits, and combine these with high yield percentages. They are also extremely efficient converters of feed.

What does this mean for you?

Shorthorn cattle deliver high compliance rates and extremely consistent performance across a variety of market specifications, whilst requiring less feed to achieve it. That means happier customers and more margin for you. This is why Shorthorns are in high demand today.

Whether you are targeting early turnoff or premium markets and whether your system demands grain-fed or grass-fed performance, Shorthorn cattle deliver a better bottom line.


 IMG_3876“You can’t afford not to!”

It is a tough job to stand out in today’s marketplace.

We are constantly told to increase production, increase compliance, decrease risk and differentiate ourselves from other producers.

Shorthorns allow you to do that!

Best of all, the Shorthorn production model is safe, without the higher risks that usually come with higher returns.

As costs keep rising, the business model of today is always under pressure from the demands of tomorrow.

When you add Shorthorns to your current production system, you have the ability to increase fertility and production, retain maternal heterosis and genetic gain, increase feed efficiency, increase compliance rates, maintain market versatility, improve temperament and longevity and create a cow herd you can be proud of whilst producing a product that is in demand.

Adding Shorthorn won’t diminish the capital value or performance of your cow herd and you begin to enjoy the benefits of differentiating yourself in the market place.

Ask anyone who is currently using Shorthorn genetics in their program why they do it and they will tell you.

“They can’t afford not to!”


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Quality Shorthorn commercial females have sold to a top price of $2,660 for a group of 3 year old PTIC Shorthorn cows.
The cows were sold by agents Milling Stuart, account of Todd and Sara Fergusson, Moreton Bay, at the Dunedoo Sale Yards after their herd was devastated by the February bush fires. The decision to sell the remainder of the herd was a difficult one as fences and feed were non existent on their property.
Given the many years of breeding on offered, the quality of females was excellent and prices reflected the Fergusson family's dedication with the top pen of 3 yo PTIC cows selling for $2,660 to Mike Newton, Miller Whan & John, SA, with the overall average for PTIC cows of $2,301. Two year old PTIC heifers also sold to a top of $2,220 to Muriel Capel, Barraba.
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Sprys Shorthorns have set a new Sprys on property record for their 2017 bull sale average, in their 53rd year of Shorthorn breeding, selling 40 Shorthorns sires to a top of $23,000 and an outstanding average of $10,600 in yesterdays sale. A large crowd formed in the gallery and bidding was strong throughout the sale, however there was also still good buying on offer with 10 sires selling for $6,000 or less.
In a twist, the $23,000 top priced bull, was purchased by commercial breeder, AM Childs, beating the attending seedstock buyers to secure the 13 month old roan bull. Outback Sprys Solid M259 is a son of Sprys Rock Solid H5 and from the Outback Patsy J15 dam with above average Growth, EMA and Marbling as well as a balanced profile with excellent softness.
In total, 7 Shorthorn sires sold for $18,000 or more at the Spry's on property sale, with a total of 6 of them purchased by commercial buyers, investing in quality genetics to further develop their commercial breeding herds.
The second top priced bull at $22,000 was lot 13, Outback Sprys Joker L287, a son of Outback Joker J328 from the Outback Isabella H97 dam, L287 was purchased by Ford Cattle Company, Tea Garden, NSW. Ford Cattle Company were the volume buyers at the sale, taking home 6 Shorthorn sires to average $11,000 for their purchasers.
3 Shorthorn females were offered, selling to a top of $14,000 to average $8,333. Top priced female was Lot 1. Sprys Athletes Pattie H236, a 4 year old daughter of Nentoura Athletic E13 and from the Sprys Jupiters Pattie B124 dam, selling to Spencer Fanily Shorthorns. H236 sold with a red bull calf at foot.
One pregnant recipient cow with a female pregnancy from the SBF Perfect Millie 19A donor and sired by US sire JSF Gauge 137W sold for $8,000 to Kamilaroi Shorthorns Tamworth.
Frozen embryo lots averaged $1,933 with the top lot selling for $2,600 per embryo for the joining of The Grove Kookaburra W735 and from Sprys donor, The Grove Primrose A742.
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Sprys Shorthorns Annual Bull and Genetics Sale to be held tomorrow, Friday 21st, commencing 1pm.
The sale will be interfaced with AuctionsPlus, for those who can't attend the day.
Please click on the link here, auctionsplus.com.au/auctionV2/New/#/catalogue/10315
to view the AuctionsPlus catalogue and register for bidding if you haven't already done so.
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