Shorthorn Progeny Testing
Driving genetic gain is a cornerstone of the Shorthorn breed and underpins the value proposition that the breed offers the commercial breeding industry.
Shorthorn Elite Progeny Test Program
6 Shorthorn sires annually are selected for inclusion in the Shorthorn Beef Elite Progeny Test.
Sires are selected by an independent panel with key criteria being
60 females across two test herds are randomly inseminated with progeny performance analysed against high accuracy reference sires.Traits recorded are submitted for evaluation in the current Shorthorn Beef genetic evaluation.
A key feature of the Shorthorn Beef Elite Progeny Test is the owners opportunity to have their sire included in the ABS Australia Shorthorn Young Sire program. 200 units of custom collected semen is made available and marketed through ABS Australia for an entire year. This allows each young sire to generate a wider proof across the industry.
Shorthorn Beef will pay a premium on resulting progeny of $30 per head at 400 days, where data on each progeny is able to be included in the current Shorthorn Beef genetic evaluation system. A freight subsidy for progeny will exist.
Data captured is also used to further training of a Shorthorn genomics chip.
The cost for each sire to be included in the test is $2,500 plus GST.
Shorthorn Beef Commercial Progeny Test Program
The Shorthorn Beef Commercial Progeny Test Program is designed to allow Shorthorn Seed stock producers to create powerful satellite herds designed to dramatically increase their herds ability to capture and evaluate their herds performance.
Seed stock producers are able to nominate cooperator herds that are willing to test young unproven sires against a high accuracy reference sire.
A key feature of the Shorthorn Beef Commercial Progeny Test Program is the development of cutting edge software, designed to automate data capture within the cooperator herds whilst they undertake routine management practices. This reduces the difficulties often associated with these kinds of programs.
Shorthorn Beef will pay a premium to the cooperator herd of $10 per head at 400 days, where data on each progeny is able to be included in the current Shorthorn Beef genetic evaluation system.
Data captured is also used to further the training of a Shorthorn genomics chip.
The cost for each sire to be included in the test is $785 plus GST.
For more details please download the form here.