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Understanding the Stayability EPD

Within the IGS analysis, understanding Stayability will be important for all breeders. This article takes a look at the function behind the Stayability EPD.
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Shorgene – Powered by IGS

The long-awaited change to IGS is finally being realised for the Shorthorn Breed. The system has gone through a lengthy review and the Shorthorn Beef board feel that both the IGS analysis is representing the quality of the shorthorn cattle well and the new data management program is ready to go.
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2019 World Shorthorn Conference

The 2019 World Shorthorn Conference was held the 3rd and 4th of October at The Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. The event was attended each day by over 70 participants, including 25 participants travelling on the World Shorthorn tour.
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2019 Conference IGS Presentations

Couldn't make it to the 2019 World Shorthorn Conference held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga? Here are the links to Dr. Wade Shafer and Dr. Mahdi Saatchi's presentations.
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The EUCAS (EU) system

The European Union Cattle Accreditation Scheme

Feed Lot CattleThe EU market is an important market for Australian beef producers. It is one of Australia’s highest value markets in $ per kilogram terms and it continues to grow as a destination for High Quality Australian beef. The EU market is a HGP free market which puts greater pressure on genetics to supply the market specifications correctly. In recent years the market has moved towards greater grain fed product, in particular the 100 Day EU HQB grain fed certified program.

Shorthorn and Shorthorn cross cattle are well suited to the EU market and have developed a premium for their ability to satisfy market requirements.

The European Union Cattle Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS) is a national animal production scheme that guarantees full traceability of all animals through the  National Livestock Identification System (NLIS), linking individual animal identification to a central database. EUCAS allows Australia to meet the European Union (EU) market requirements for beef by segregating cattle that have never been treated with hormonal growth promotants (HGPs) at any time.

EUCAS accredited farms are audited on both a random and targeted basis. EUCAS feedlots and saleyards are audited annually and their ongoing accreditation depends on a successful audit. If a farm, feedlot or saleyard are found not to be complying with the requirements of the scheme the Department of Agriculture reserves the right to revoke their accreditation.

For the latest details on the EUCAS system please visit the DAFF website or the MLA EUCAS Fact Sheet

 

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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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