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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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Branches Report 

By Amanda Barlow
As the holder of the Branches portfolio on the Board, I had the pleasure of attending the Victorian and NSW Branch meetings, plus General meetings which have been held this year.

Shorthorn Claims Interbreed Junior Bull Title at 2021 Royal Hobart Show

14 month old Royston Razzle Dazzle, weighing 548kg, won Junior Champion Interbreed Bull at last weeks’ 200 years of showing celebrations at the Royal Hobart Show, unanimously by the 3 judges.


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IGS DOCILITY SCORING

Temperament is an important trait for all beef producers.

Improved Temperaments add dollars to the bottom line through improved growth rates, increased carcase compliance and decreased labour and operational costs.

Docility is one of the EPD’s available to Shorthorn breeders with the Shorthorn IGS evaluation. It is a highly heritable trait that is easily recorded and improved genetically.

The best time for breeders to record Docility is shortly after weaning. Too much handling post weaning reduces the variation in docility scoring and influences the level of management effects on scores.

Breeders can measure docility using a 6 point scoring system, where 1 is docile and 6 is extremely aggressive.

Record the docility score of each animal using either a yard or crush test and the contemporary group and either enter the scores online through your breeder portal or send the scores to Shorthorn Beef to be entered for you.

You can print out a Docility Fact Sheet from the link below.

Docility Scoring Fact Sheet

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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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