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Media release seeking entries for the 2022 Southern Grainfed Carcase Classic

WANT a chance to see how your genetics measure up against other cattle from southern Australia both in the feedlot and in the chiller?

The organisers of the 2022 Southern Grainfed Carcase Classic are seeking expressions of interest from breeders and backgrounders keen to enter one or multiple teams.

The proposed delivery date for the teams of 10 steers is Monday, January 31 with the cattle to be fed at Teys Charlton feedlot in the Vic Mallee for 100 to 120 days.


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Presidents Report – 2021 The Year That Was

 As I write this final report for 2021, I reflect back on what has been an amazing year in the beef industry.  High prices have become the norm as records seem to tumble week after week throughout the saleyards and through the online format.  Bull sales have followed suit from the seedstock producers with outstanding results achieved from the Autumn right through to the Spring.  This was all achieved with COVID lockdowns being the norm for most states as the uncertainty of what lies ahead for some form of normality.


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TAS Shorthorn trial held 2018-2021

By Reg Woodiwiss

I would like to personally thank Graham Winnell for his hard work to help me get this trial up & running in 2018. I would also very much like to thank the Shorthorn Studs who donated the semen to be able to make this trial happen.
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Why Shorthorns

History

The Shorthorn breed keeps the oldest breed registry in the world and Shorthorn cattle first arrived in Australia in 1800. In 1825 the first registered Shorthorn cattle arrived in Australia, however by 1890 they accounted for 50% of all temperate cattle and 100% of all cattle in the difficult Northern climate.

The Modern Shorthorn

Shorthorn cattle are bred to solve problems, not create them.

Balancing out all the economically important traits for your business, not just a few, means providing you with an easy care, efficient and productive cow base, producing quality steers suited to a wide variety of markets.

The Shorthorn breed offers balanced, multi trait excellence, designed to increase productivity by impacting all areas of economic importance, not just a few.

Diversity

Australia is a nation of varying seasons and climatic extremes, which provides unique challenges to Australian beef producers. Shorthorn females are extremely adaptable, across a wide variety of environments, and maintain production and fertility under seasonal adversity.

Shorthorn cattle have excellent marbling traits, and combine these with high yield percentages. They are also extremely efficient converters of feed.

Cross Breeding

Shorthorns are also one of the most complimentary breeds in the world, having formed the basis of over 40 breeds worldwide.

Roger Clemons – Wongi Pastoral Co

“Our Shorthorns are consistently meeting the brand specifications. They have wonderful maternal traits and are good as a crossbreeding base. We have never made marbling a selection point but Shorthorns have shown their marbling is equal to any comparative breed.”

Shorthorn Beef offers access to the worlds largest multibreed genetic evaluation, IGS, providing EPD’s on purebred, crossbred and composite cattle.

Proof

In 2000, Shorthorn Beef commenced a progeny test program , called Durham Research and Development

The first program of its type in the world, Durham Research and Development produced progeny from 2001-2010. Performance records from DRD were used to develop EBV’s for the Shorthorn breed, and others, as well as improve accuracies. This research has carried forward into the Shorthorn Beef IGS analysis.

Whether for Pure bred or Crossbred purposes, utilising Shorthorn Genetics allows breeders to differentiate their programs, and increase their overall productivity and profitability.

The Shorthorn Breed today is backed by science, and the world’s first of its kind, Durham Research and Development providing you with the confidence that Shorthorn cattle deliver as described.

Market Access

Shorthorn Cattle deliver high compliance rates and extremely consistent performance across a variety of market specifications, whilst requiring less feed to achieve it. This is why Shorthorns are in high demand today.

This performance level is why Shorthorns enjoy price parity and access to all mainstream markets in Australia.

Underpinned by science, the Durham Research and Development progeny test program, commercial breeders can access one of Australia’s most innovative solutions to increase productivity and profit.

Eating Quality

Shorthorn beef has developed an enviable reputation for it’s unique flavour, tenderness, consistency and overall eating quality, receiving tremendous feedback as a unique and high value product from chefs and consumers alike.

Shorthorn beef is marketed directly to consumers through the JBS Australia Shorthorn branded beef program, Thousand Guineas, with product consumed through out Australia but also into a burgeoning demand from Japan and Korea.

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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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