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Ekka Shorthorn Judging Results

Shorthorn Judging at Ekka was run last week with a quality line up of cattle presented. They were carefully examined by the experienced eye of Roger Evans of Nagol Park Shorthorns. Roger said that quality had been exceptional.
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2019 World Shorthorn Conference “Meating the Future”

The Australian Shorthorn Family invites you to the 2019 World Conference & Tour The Pre-Conference tour starts Monday 23rd September 2019 with 3 nights in Adelaide, during this time you will view Bayview Stud, Bundaleer Stud & Carlton Stud. While in SA the home of some of Australia’s best wine, you will visit one of the oldest & best wineries, Yalumba (Est 1849)
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MORTAL & HERITAGE IN THE ABS AUSTRALIA STABLE.

Two elite Shorthorn sires, Sprys Heritage M213 and Sprys Mortal M40, have now also joined the Shorthorn sire battery at ABS Australia.
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Shorthorn – Global Premium Beef Production

Want to understand more about the global platform for premium Shorthorn beef. Check out this video for Glenarm Shorthorn Beef in Northern Ireland.

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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