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Understanding the Stayability EPD

Within the IGS analysis, understanding Stayability will be important for all breeders. This article takes a look at the function behind the Stayability EPD.
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Shorgene – Powered by IGS

The long-awaited change to IGS is finally being realised for the Shorthorn Breed. The system has gone through a lengthy review and the Shorthorn Beef board feel that both the IGS analysis is representing the quality of the shorthorn cattle well and the new data management program is ready to go.
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2019 World Shorthorn Conference

The 2019 World Shorthorn Conference was held the 3rd and 4th of October at The Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. The event was attended each day by over 70 participants, including 25 participants travelling on the World Shorthorn tour.
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2019 Conference IGS Presentations

Couldn't make it to the 2019 World Shorthorn Conference held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga? Here are the links to Dr. Wade Shafer and Dr. Mahdi Saatchi's presentations.
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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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