Shorthorn Beef SBTS

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Shorthorn SBTS officer
Mr. Christian Duff
Ph: (02) 6773 2472
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About SBTS

Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS) is a joint initiative of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA), the Agricultural Business Research Institute (ABRI) and Breed Societies that run the majority of their cattle in Southern Australia.

SBTS provides the members of participating breed societies with technical support that enables them to maximise their understanding and use of the different genetic technologies that are available. For example, BREEDPLAN, BreedObject Selection Indexes, Internet Solutions, TakeStock and DNA based technologies.

 Background/History

The SBTS project commenced in March 2005 following a Strategic Planning workshop conducted by the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association (ARCBA) in August 2004. At this workshop, members of ARCBA identified the declining level of beef cattle technical services available in southern Australia as a major area of concern. In particular, the retirement of Brian Sundstrom (national coordinator of BREEDPLAN field services at the time), the reduction in technical support offered by a number of the major Breed Societies and the decline in funding for DPI beef extension highlighted the need for the development of an effective field support program. In response, MLA, ABRI and 15 Breed Societies combined to develop SBTS.

In association with Tropical Beef Technology Services (TBTS), SBTS provides a truly national extension program for genetic technologies for the Australia seedstock beef industry.

 Services

SBTS delivers a range of services to the beef industry in Southern Australia. These services include:

Technical Support: SBTS provides day to day technical support to beef producers in Southern Australia.

  • Beef producers are able to access technical support regarding any of the genetic technologies that are available. This support is in the form of both phone and email consultation supplemented by farm visits.
  • Technical liaison is provided to the Councils and Technical Committees of the participating Breed Societies.
  • Technical assistance is available to other service providers in the beef industry (eg. agents, scanners, veterinarians).

Workshops: Workshops are held routinely to give members of the beef industry the opportunity for tuition in the application of the different genetic technologies that are available. Regular webinar presentations are also run to supplement the workshop program.

Property Visits: On property cosultation is available for producers with specific queries and needs. The property visits provide a valuable opportunity for beef producers to gain advice regarding issues that are relevant to their individual operation.

A range of other activities are also provided by SBTS such as technical notes, support material at major events and technical articles for BREEDPLAN publications.

Importantly, SBTS also acts as a valuable feedback mechanism to the BREEDPLAN development team in the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit and the operational team in ABRI.

SBTS Webinars

  • Genetics for Reproduction – The Female Influence
  • Genetics for Reproduction – The Male Influence
  • Relationship between Body Composition and Calving Rate
  • Effect of Genetic Differences in Fat & Net Feed Intake on Efficiency of Weaner Production
  • The Beef CRC DNA Test for Growth, Feed Efficiency, Carcase & Reproductive Performance
  • The Australian DNA Test for the Polled Gene
  • DNA Technology – Understanding the Basics
  • Utilising DNA for Parentage Verification
  • Managing Genetic Conditions with DNA
  • Utilising DNA to Change Type Traits
  • Improving Production Traits with DNA
  • Assessing the Cost Benefit of DNA Technology
  • Performance Recording with BREEDPLAN
  • Understanding and Recording Information for the Birth Traits
  • Understanding and Recording Information for the Weight Traits
  • Understanding and Recording Information for the Carcase Traits
  • Understanding and Recording Information for the Fertility Traits and Docility
  • Understanding the Newer EBVs and Incorporation of DNA Information into BREEDPLAN
  • Small Herds : Obtaining Effective Results from BREEDPLAN
  • New Australian DNA Test for the Polled Gene

Click here to download a webinar

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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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