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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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DNA Services

INTRODUCTION OF SNP SERVICES

Shorthorn Beef has moved to the use of SNP services, replacing the old Micro-satellite services (MiP). Geneseek Australia has been contracted to provide these services.

Micro Satellite (MiP) testing has been a tremendous benefit to the industry, however as DNA technology evolves, SNPs have emerged as the dominant technology for future DNA testing and Genetic analysis.

It is important to note the animal and its parent/s must have been tested using the same technology to allow Parent Verification.

Therefore, individual animals requiring Parent Verification from parents with old Micro-satellite DNA records will be required to have parent tests upgraded to the SNP panels before conducting Parent Verification tests. 

Shorthorn Beef offers many DNA service options. Samples are processed at the Shorthorn Beef office before testing is undertaken by Geneseek Australia. It is important to allow up to 6 weeks for test results to be returned, so please ensure that tests are requested as soon as practically possible to avoid delays on results.

DNA Profile Test Request Form

GGP – 50K

This is the primary DNA test for Shorthorn Beef and produces approximately 50,000 markers which are used to perform all routine tests as well as strong genomic information for later use. The   GGP – HD 50K test costs $110 including GST however also includes parent verification (where parents have an applicable SNP test recorded) and Poll testing free of charge.

Myostatin E226X can also be added to the GGP – HD 50K tests at the same time for only $11 more including GST.

SNP for Parent Verification

SNP + PV. This is a base marker test used for the purposes of Parent verification. The test costs $29.70 including GST and may also require parent/s to be upgraded to a SNP panel (if parents only have a MiP test recorded) at a cost of $29.70 per parent.

Poll Testing

Poll testing can be conducted to test visually polled animals for either homozygous or heterozygous poll status. The standalone Poll test costs $26.40 including GST for each animal.

Myostatin E226X

Animals may be tested for carrier status of the Myostatin E226X gene. The standalone Myostatin test costs $33.00 including GST for each animal.

Pestivirus

Animals may be tested for the presence of Pestivirus PI (persistently infected) carriers in your herd. This can be done by hair sample or TSU sample, however it is ideal that hair samples are less than 3 weeks old when tested, so it is recommended that you send samples as soon after taking them as possible to allow for postage time. The standalone Pestivirus (BVDV) test costs $22 including GST.

PHA, TH, and DS.

The above tests may be required for export of semen to other countries. It is also a requirement before registering progeny in Australia of imported sires, imported dams or by imported embryo’s that the sire and dam are first tested Free of PHA, TH and DS. Each test costs $83.60 including GST.

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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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