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2019 Dectomax National Show & Sale

Prolonged drought conditions may have taken a toll on the clearance rates at the 60th Dectomax National Shorthorn Show and Sale, but that didn’t stop what was otherwise a tremendous celebration to mark the milestone anniversary.
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National Shorthorn Show and Sale Dinner

National Shorthorn Show & Sale Dinner will be held on Tuesday 11th June, 6:30pm at the newly refurbished Expo Centre, Dubbo Showgrounds.
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National Shorthorn Show & Sale

National Shorthorn Show and Sale is quickly approaching, being held  11th and 12th June 2019 at Dubbo Showgrounds.
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Spring Fling Shorthorn Bull Sale Entries Open

The Spring Fling Shorthorn Bull Sale will be held Thursday 25th July at the Tamworth Regional Livestock Exchange. Entries are now open for this sale which is a proven venue for sourcing quality Shorthorn bulls.
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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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