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The Australian beef industry potentially faces an extremely serious situation with the outbreak of FMD in Indonesia. The outbreak started in April 2022 and there are now over 200,000 animals affected. A vaccination program commenced on June 14. On July 5th, it was reported that there were 63 cases in Bali.

While Australia has an incursion response pre planned, with vaccine available, the threat is not to be taken lightly. An outbreak in Australia of this contagious viral disease would have a severe effect on trade and animal health.

All farmers must educate themselves about FMD, check their animals regularly and know how best to prevent the disease entering Australia. Enforce your biosecurity protocols.

If you travel to Indonesia, try and avoid going near any animals, wash your clothes at a laundromat when you arrive home, and thoroughly clean your footwear.

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If you suspect any signs of FMD it must be reported to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 or a local veterinarian immediately. (NSW DPI)

Shorthorn Beef Monthly Newsletter – JULY

Click the below link to view the July Newsletter!

Packed full with Dubbo National Show and Sale Results, AGM Report, Branch News, Genetics Opportunities for breeders, Important Reminders and more!


After several years of Covid-19 cancellations the Royal Melbourne Show is on again in 2022! 

As one of the premier show events in Australia, this presents another great opportunity for Shorthorn breeders and supporters to showcase and support the breed. The Victorian Shorthorn Committee encourages members to make the most of this opportunity, whether it be in the carcase completion, in the show ring or just in your general attendance and support.

In 2021 and 2022 the Shorthorn breed has had some fantastic results. This includes bull sales such as Naracoorte and stud sales, on Auctions Plus, at sale yards and with the JBS Thousand Guineas program. The Royal Melbourne show is another opportunity to raise the profile of the breed and continue this exciting momentum.

Members can begin entering animals in either the show/judging (from June 3rd) or carcase (from May 25th) competitions, with the entries closing on Tuesday July 26th.

Please see the links below:

Beef Carcase competition Enter here:
Beef Cattle competition Enter here:

Further details and specifics will be communicated in the coming weeks and Shorthorn Beef would love to see exhibitors, members and supporters around the show ring at the 2022 Royal Melbourne Show.

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By Branches Director/Minutes Secretary, Amanda Barlow

Thank you to all members who continue to be involved with the Shorthorn Beef branches. Branch members are still enjoying generally favourable seasonal conditions for their cattle. However this ranges from too much rain in the east to too little rain in SA. For the Riverina, it is the best start to the cropping season in a long time.

Presently, many branch members are preparing their bulls for Dubbo which should be a very strong sale. There are 105 bulls, 13 heifers and several genetics packages. This compares with 71 bulls offered last year. Good luck to all vendors!

The Tasmanian branch is to be commended for organising and running a Tasmanian Shorthorn Feature sale through Webb and Woodiwiss in April. There were over 20 lots of working age and yearling bulls, cow and calf units, PTIC and yearling heifers as well as commercial lines of weaner and yearling steers and heifers. Vendors included North Eastern, Royston, Sillwood and The Den Shorthorns. Some of the results were: 2 bulls sold, $5000 (Lot 5- Sillwood Reagan to JA & R Van Ruiswyk, King Island) and $4500(Lot 9- The Den Reload to Gibson Brothers)
-2/2 cow and calf units sold for $3500 to D & L LeFevre, Goulds Country
-2/2 PTIC Heifers sold to $4000 (Lot 16- Royston NTR Judith R61 to D & L LeFevre, Goulds Country) and averaged $3875.
Semen units sold to $120 a straw for Royalla Trigger.
There was strong demand for the commercial cattle with all lots selling. Highlights included: 6x PTIC Heifers a/c RS & RM Woodiwiss sold for $3030
-6x Yearling Heifers a/c RS & RM Woodiwiss sold for $1890
-Weaner Heifers a/c Aylett Contracting and BR Durham and Son made from $5.70-$5.86/kg, weighing from 210-257kg
-Yearling Steers a/c Sillwood Pastoral made $5.52-$5.53/kg, weighing from 298-317kg.

The Victorian branch is keen to highlight the upcoming Melbourne Show to members and encourage Shorthorn entries in both the Show and carcass competitions. Recently, Rob and Karen Rogers of Chester Shorthorns of Krowera, Victoria offered a small assortment of 6 PTIC Stud heifers on Auctions Plus. These sold for $4880 per head.

The South Australian branch is working very hard to organise its SA Junior Heifer Expo. This will take place 18-21 July at the Adelaide Showgrounds with the SA branch as one of the sponsors. Chair, Ben Golding, said that organisation is going very well with the event completely booked out in 2 days. Capacity was then extended and there are now approximately 171 competitors entered. They range in age from 8 to 24 and come from as far afield as WA, Queensland and NSW, as well as SA. Ben thinks it is nice to see people coming from interstate after Covid.

The Shorthorn Beef Board wishes all branches success with their events and continuation of high prices and favourable seasons throughout the rest of the year. Well done to all those selling Shorthorn cattle. It is wonderful to see buyers having the opportunity to purchase quality stud Shorthorn stock.

Beefing up your BREEDPLAN recording



Beefing up your Breedplan Recording 2


Don’t ignore Outlier Reports and Extreme EBV flags;

Every time Breedplan analyses a run for your herd, the analysis statistically checks whether or not the animal’s performance in each analysis group is within an expected range for the group.

Animals outside this range are classified as Outliers. The outlier limits are fairly wide with the probability of an outlier being in the correct analysis group being about a 2 in 5000 chance.

Outliers may occur for a number of reasons, however most problems relate to coding and data entry/transposition errors or poorly defined management groups.

If there are Outliers in your herd you will find a loose sheet enclosed with your current Breedplan report detailing those animals. Attached to the Outlier list will be instructions on how to check and correct the outlier information.

If you do not return your corrected/verified Outlier reports to Breedplan for processing before your next set of data to Breedplan, or before the next Group analysis, then the outliers listed will be automatically excluded from all future Breedplan analyses and EBVs may not be available for the outlier animal concerned.

EBVs that appear with “ext” alongside the EBV indicates an Extreme EBV, meaning that the EBV exceeds the range expected for that particular trait, given the information known about the animal, but are not as “far out” as outliers.

You should check the performance data submitted for that animal, including the actual measurement and management group and advise Breedplan staff if corrections are required.

Make sure you supply Recipient Dam details.
Herds that use embryo transfer need to identify the breed and age of the recipient

dams of ET calves.

If the breed of recipient dams is not supplied ET calves are split into single animal analysis groups and therefore their own performance cannot be used. If possible recipient dams should be of the same breed, preferably Shorthorn cows that have been Breedplan recorded.

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If you do not return your corrected/verified Outlier reports to Breedplan for processing before your next set of data to Breedplan, or before the next Group analysis, then the outliers listed will be automatically excluded from all future Breedplan analyses and EBVs may not be available for the outlier animal concerned.

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Small Herds & BREEDPLAN

Small herds can benefit greatly by being linked to the breed base through Shorthorn Breedplan – it allows them to see how their animals compare with the breed average and other herds, identify sires that will progress their breeding program, and compete on a level playing field with larger studs when marketing their animals.

The basis by which BREEDPLAN works is to compare the performance of animals to other animals in the same management group. Where there is only one animal in a group there is nothing to be compared with and therefore its performance cannot be used, so the calf either doesn’t get an EBV or at best only gets a mid-parent average.

Herds with as few as 10 cows can get meaningful EBVs, however they need a tight management program to ensure that all of their animals are included.

Calves are only analysed in the same group if they:

  • were bred in the same herd,
  • are of the same sex,
  • were born within 45 days (for birth and 200 day weight) or 60 days (for 400 and

    600 day weight) of each other,

  • have been run under the same conditions,
  • and have been weighed on the same day.

    An analysis group must therefore have a minimum of two animals in a contemporary group. There are a number of strategies that breeders can use to ensure that the performance of calves will be included in effective analysis groups.

    Restricted calving periods. As calves are only included in the same analysis group if they are born within 45 (60) days of one another, it is essential that small herds have as shorter calving period that is practical. 6 to 8 weeks is ideal.

    Run all calves under the same management condition. Where possible all calves should be run under the same conditions and weighed on the same day. If calves are to be split into different groups it is useful to weigh the whole group before it is split. For example, it is possible to take 200 day weights anywhere between 80 and 300 days of age, so you can weigh all male calves as a group before a portion of them are castrated.

    Inclusion of commercial animal. Many breeders have a small stud herd run in conjunction with commercial animals. If you have some commercial Shorthorn cows, they can be recorded on the Performance Register. This allows a greater number of animals to be included in the same analysis group. This can also be achieved by analyzing together the performance of animals from two stud herds that are run on the same property.

    Use AI sires that have strong Breedplan linkage. Better to use AI sires that are Breedplan recorded themselves, preferably with high accuracy EBVs. These sires improve your herd’s linkage to the database. Where you are using both AI & natural mating, the AI should be timed so that all calves are born within the same time frame.

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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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