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World Conference Youth Scholarships

The Shorthorn Youth Foundation are providing 10 tickets valued up to $300 each for eligible Shorthorn Youth members looking to attend the 2019 World Shorthorn Conference in Wagga.
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2019 Ruby & Roan Sale Entries

Entries in the 2019 Ruby & Roan Sale will close Friday August 30th at 5.00 pm. This is your opportunity to promote your herd to an international audience.
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Adelaide Show – Timetable changes

Shorthorn judging for the Adelaide Show will be held on Friday 6th September at 9 am.
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MYOSTATIN E226X – Busting the Myths

Myostatin E226X is a variant gene known to be present in the Shorthorn population in Australia and it seems to be generating a lot of myths around its effects. In this article we will attempt to bust the myths and shed some light on the Myostatin E226X variant gene and its effect on Shorthorn cattle.
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Temperament Scoring

IMG_6113_1Shorthorns have always enjoyed an excellent reputation for temperament, however with the ageing farming population and ever-rising costs, maintaining that reputation has never been more important.

Shorthorn Beef have begun collecting temperament data for the purpose of creating a Docility EBV for the Shorthorn breed.

Collecting data is best done at weaning before too much handling has impacted on the animals natural temperament. The process is recorded on farm and by the breeder and requires no extra equipment and there is no cost involved. Whilst some may see it as just one more trait for breeders to measure, few traits have a greater impact on the profitability of breeders, feedlotters and processors. As a single trait measurement it is also one of the easiest traits to measure and report and it has similar heritability to growth traits in cattle.

Cattle are given a score from 1 to 5 with 1 being docile and 5 being aggressive.

A detailed understanding of how to measure temperament is available in the following link. Breeders should download these descriptions before they begin taking scores.

Watch a video on the practice of collecting temperament scores here.

For details on collecting the Temperament scores please follow the link here.

Understanding Docility EBVs

To download forms for collecting Temperament scores please use the link here.

Temperament Form

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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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