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Sydney Royal Show Results 2019

Sydney Royal Show judging has been done and dusted for another year. There was an exceptional line up of 78 entrants with one of the most consistent lines seen in years.The highlight for many was seeing three classes with over 15 entrants in each creating a difficult day for judge Alistair Brook of Eloora Shorthorns.
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Notice of Shorthorn Beef AGM

The 2019 Shorthorn Beef AGM will be held 3:00pm Friday 12th April 2019 at Novotel Sydney Olympic Park, corner of Olympic Boulevard & Herb Elliot Ave, Sydney Olympic Park NSW 2127.

Naracoorte Posts a Strong 2019 Result

The autumn bull selling season for 2019 in South Australia may have been a mixed bag for stud breeders, however that wasn’t the case at the recent Naracoorte Shorthorn Sale.
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60th National Show & Sale Online Entry Form

2019 marks the 60th Anniversary of the National Shorthorn Show & Sale. To celebrate this milestone, we are planning to support the McGrath Foundation again and are seeking expressions of interest from vendors who would consider donating the proceeds of an animal. Online Entry forms now available.
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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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