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DON HAMMARQUIST OAM

Well known WA Shorthorn breeder, Don Hammarquist, Mt Augustus Station was awarded with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the recent Australia Day awards.
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International Genetic Solutions

In December last year, Shorthorn Beef ran a series of member workshops designed to provide members with further education regarding International Genetic Solutions (IGS).
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Rules and Regulations DNA Changes

The Board wishes to advise that a change to the current Rules and Regulations have been passed at the November 2018 Shorthorn Beef Board meeting. The new rule relates to the requirement for a DNA profile to be held at the Shorthorn Beef office for all Sires (AI or Natural) and Donor Dams.

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Shorthorn World Conference Australia 2019

The World Conference and Tour Organising Committee has now settled the full itinerary and costings for the 2019 triennial event in Australia. The committee has worked hard to arrange an itinerary that includes a representation of the best of our cattle both dairy and beef as well as some of Australia’s unique tourist attractions.
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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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