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SHORTHORN SALES FORGE AHEAD

Two leading Shorthorn studs, Sprys Shorthorns at Wagga Wagga and Belmore Shorthorns at Naracoorte are proceeding with their autumn sales, finding ways to offer clients the best possible purchasing opportunities, despite the current challenges.
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REGISTRATION AND DATA ENTRY

As there will be no further extracts coming from ABRI, Shorthorn Beef request that members NO LONGER SUBMIT any new records to Breedplan OR use the current system to register calves. Please send all registrations and trait records to the Shorthorn Beef office for inclusion in the new IGS analysis.
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2020 SHORTHORN BEEF MAGAZINE

Due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions impacting printing of the 2020 Shorthorn Beef magazine, here is the electronic link to view the book.

IGS GENETIC EVALUATION

The IGS Genetic Evaluation system for Shorthorn Beef is nearing a conclusion, with an expected changeover by 10thApril 2020 at the latest.
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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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