Impressive Consistency

Whilst there were no championship ribbons for the Shorthorn steers at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show carcass judging, but there was something perhaps more remarkable that was evident in the carcass feedback sheets.

There were 13 Shorthorn entries in this year’s carcass competition at the show, yet despite the number of entries, the Shorthorn steers were awarded 1 Gold medal, 4 Silver medals and 4 Bronze medals, a total of 9 medals from 13 head, based on the carcass quality of the entries.

In total, the 13 Shorthorn steers averaged an impressive 82.7 points from a possible 100. This is a tremendous display of consistency for any breed and represents a key profit driver for the Australian beef industry.

The highest points were awarded to an entry from Marschay Shorthorns, which attracted the Gold Medal in the 430 – 459 kg live weight class with a total score of 91 points from 100. Exhibited by Hurlstone Agricultural High School, the entry was a son of Marschay Holmes.


List of medal winners

401-429 KG Dunbeacon Shorthorns Hurlstone Agricultural High School Silver
401-429 KG D & K Dejong Calrossy Anglican School Bronze
430-459 KG Wollongabba Shorthorns Calrossy Anglican School Silver
430-459 KG Royalla Shorthorns Hurlstone Agricultural High School Silver
430-459 KG Marschay Shorthorns Hurlstone Agricultural High School Gold
430-459 KG Blackjack Shorthorns Yanco Agricultural High School Bronze
481-500 KG Lambell Family Coonamble High School BAC Bronze
501-529 KG Royalla Shorthorns David Parish Silver
561-1000 KG T & L Bennett Yanco Agricultural High School Bronze


The Marschay steer scored maximum points for both P8 fat depth and colour, was graded a B muscle steer who scored maximum points for ribeye area and rib fat depth, PH and meat colour. He also scored 9/10 points for his ossification level.

Whilst the breed may not have picked up any championship ribbons this year, the breeders can afford to be very proud of the consistency of the carcass quality of the exhibits. The competition has certainly been a tremendous example of the Shorthorn breeds ability to continue to meet the market requirements for premium, high eating quality beef.

Congratulations to all breeders and exhibitors on an outstanding performance.

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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,
to view the AuctionsPlus catalogue and register for bidding if you haven't already done so.
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