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2021 Naracoorte Shorthorn Bull Sale

Please note there has been an error in the catalogue listings for the dams of each lot, however the revised catalogue link with the correct dam pedigrees can be viewed here: Revised 2021 Naracoorte Shorthorn Bull Sale Catalogue.
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2021 VICTORIAN BEEF WEEK

The 2021 Victorian Beef Week is set to kick off on Wednesday January 27th, with leading southern Shorthorn herds throwing their doors open to visitors.
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VALE – MARGARET WILLIAMS

The Shorthorn breed is saddened to announce the passing of Mrs. Margaret Williams of Marrington Shorthorns, Dubbo NSW. Our deepest condolences are extended to Howard and their children Alison, Debbie, Susan, Tom and Rob and the grand children during this difficult time.
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A CHROMOSOMES WORTH OF DIFFERENCE

There is always a lot of discussion that relates to the confusion between actual performance of a seedstock animal and the EPD for the animal. So, to understand the difference Sean McGrath takes it back to the beginning.
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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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