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World Conference Youth Scholarships

The Shorthorn Youth Foundation are providing 10 tickets valued up to $300 each for eligible Shorthorn Youth members looking to attend the 2019 World Shorthorn Conference in Wagga.
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2019 Ruby & Roan Sale Entries

Entries in the 2019 Ruby & Roan Sale will close Friday August 30th at 5.00 pm. This is your opportunity to promote your herd to an international audience.
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Adelaide Show – Timetable changes

Shorthorn judging for the Adelaide Show will be held on Friday 6th September at 9 am.
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MYOSTATIN E226X – Busting the Myths

Myostatin E226X is a variant gene known to be present in the Shorthorn population in Australia and it seems to be generating a lot of myths around its effects. In this article we will attempt to bust the myths and shed some light on the Myostatin E226X variant gene and its effect on Shorthorn cattle.
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DNA Services


Shorthorn Beef has moved to the use of SNP services, replacing the old Micro-satellite services (MiP). Geneseek Australia has been contracted to provide these services. From January 1st 2021, Micro-satellites will no longer be able to be used at all as Geneseek will no longer offer this service past this date.

Micro Satellite (MiP) testing has been a tremendous benefit to the industry, however as DNA technology evolves, SNPs have emerged as the dominant technology for future DNA testing and Genetic analysis.

It is important to note the animal and its parent/s must have been tested using the same technology to allow Parent Verification.

Therefore, individual animals requiring Parent Verification from parents with old Micro-satellite DNA records will be required to have parent tests upgraded to the SNP panels before conducting Parent Verification tests. This may require a new parent sample to be submitted to the Shorthorn Beef office.

Members are able to have the original sample that was used for Micro-Satellite testing retested using a SNP panel PROVIDING that the sample has not deteriorated or was not exhausted creating the original MiP panel. Members should not assume that the original sample is good and if possible it is worth collecting a fresh sample from the parent animals. 

Please contact the Shorthorn Beef office if you are unsure of the current testing level of any of your animals.

Shorthorn Beef offers many DNA service options. Samples are processed at the Shorthorn Beef office before testing is undertaken by Geneseek Australia. It is important to allow up to 6 weeks for test results to be returned, so please ensure that tests are requested as soon as practically possible to avoid delays on results.

DNA Profile Test Request Form


Shorthorn Standard Bundle

The Shorthorn Standard Bundle is the most cost effective solution for most members DNA requirements. The bundle includes a GGP-LD 50K panel as well as parentage, poll testing and myostatin testing at no extra cost. The Shorthorn Standard Bundle costs $55 including GST for TSU samples and $58.30 for hair samples. This is an extra $75.90 in value at no cost.

The 50K panel will also be informative for genomic EPD’s.

Under the current Shorthorn Beef Regulations all new sires and donor dams as of 1st July 2019 are required to have a Shorthorn Standard bundle prior to registering any progeny.

There will also no longer be provision for exemption from the DNA rules after the 19th July 2019. Sires and Donor dams that do not have a Shorthorn Standard bundle after this date will no longer be able to have progeny registered. The only exception will be in the case of frozen genetics stored prior to the 1st July 2019, where members will still be able to make a submission to the board for an exemption if required.


This is the basic DNA test for Shorthorn Beef and produces approximately 50,000 markers which are used to perform all routine tests as well as strong genomic information for later use. The   GGP – HD 50K test costs $55 including GST for TSU samples. Parent Verification is available as an add-on test for a further $5.50.

Poll Testing and Myostatin E226X can also be added to the GGP – LD 50K tests at the same time for  $35.20 each including GST.

Seeksire for Parent Verification only.

Seeksire is a base marker test used for the purposes of Parent verification. The test costs $33 including GST and may also require parent/s to be upgraded to a SNP panel (if parents only have a MiP test recorded) at a cost of $33 per parent.

Poll Testing

Poll testing can be conducted as a standalone test of visually polled animals for either homozygous or heterozygous poll status. The standalone Poll test costs $35.20 including GST for each animal.

Myostatin E226X

Animals may be tested for carrier status of the Myostatin E226X gene as an add-on to GGP-LD50K. The standalone Myostatin test costs $35.20 including GST for each animal.


Animals may be tested for the presence of Pestivirus PI (persistently infected) carriers in your herd. This can be done by hair sample or TSU sample, however it is ideal that hair samples are less than 3 weeks old when tested, so it is recommended that you send samples as soon after taking them as possible to allow for postage time. The standalone Pestivirus (BVDV) test costs $11 including GST.

Alternatively, members may choose to use the standalone tissue sample test for BVDV-PI provided by Swan Veterinary Services. This costs $8.80 per tests and offers a quick turnaround time once samples have been received. Members need to use the special Shorthorn Beef form which must be supplied with the samples. Members wishing to use this service should contact the Shorthorn Beef office who will organise test kits to be sent to you. Swan Veterinary Services will invoice you directly for the work.

Swan Veterinary Shorthorn Submission Form

PHA, TH and DS.

The above tests are required for export of semen to other countries and for importing an animal from either the Performance Herds Australia or the Beef Shorthorn Australia Herdbooks. It is also a requirement before registering progeny in Australia of imported sires, imported dams or progeny by imported embryo’s that the sire and dam are first tested Free of PHA, TH and DS.

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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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