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2018 National Show & Sale

Entries forms are now available for the Dectomax National Shorthorn Show and Sale to be held Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th June 2018.
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Vale Richard (Dick) Loane

A  service to celebrate the life of Richard (Dick) Loane will be held at the Mersey Garden Chapel and Memorial Garden, 20-24 Stoney Rise Road, Devonport on Wednesday 7th 2018 commencing 1.30pm.
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Bred Well Fed Well Workshops

Shorthorn Beef are looking for member partners who might be interested in hosting Bred Well Fed Well workshops in 2018.
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Vale Tony Fountain

A  memorial service to celebrate the life of Anthony (Tony) Charles Fountain will be held at the Bong Bong Picnic Racecourse, 460 Kangaloon Rd, East Bowral, NSW on Wednesday 31st 2018 commencing 11.30am. Dress for the land or your best RM Williams.
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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.

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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