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The Australian beef industry potentially faces an extremely serious situation with the outbreak of FMD in Indonesia. The outbreak started in April 2022 and there are now over 200,000 animals affected. A vaccination program commenced on June 14. On July 5th, it was reported that there were 63 cases in Bali.

While Australia has an incursion response pre planned, with vaccine available, the threat is not to be taken lightly. An outbreak in Australia of this contagious viral disease would have a severe effect on trade and animal health.

All farmers must educate themselves about FMD, check their animals regularly and know how best to prevent the disease entering Australia. Enforce your biosecurity protocols.

If you travel to Indonesia, try and avoid going near any animals, wash your clothes at a laundromat when you arrive home, and thoroughly clean your footwear.

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Further information about Foot and Mouth Disease

Cattle Council of Australia Foot and Mouth Information Hub

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If you suspect any signs of FMD it must be reported to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 or a local veterinarian immediately. (NSW DPI)

Shorthorn Beef Monthly Newsletter – JULY

Click the below link to view the July Newsletter!

https://mailchi.mp/shorthornbeef/shorthorn-newsletter-july

Packed full with Dubbo National Show and Sale Results, AGM Report, Branch News, Genetics Opportunities for breeders, Important Reminders and more!

THE ROYAL MELBOURNE SHOW IS ON AGAIN!

After several years of Covid-19 cancellations the Royal Melbourne Show is on again in 2022! 

As one of the premier show events in Australia, this presents another great opportunity for Shorthorn breeders and supporters to showcase and support the breed. The Victorian Shorthorn Committee encourages members to make the most of this opportunity, whether it be in the carcase completion, in the show ring or just in your general attendance and support.

In 2021 and 2022 the Shorthorn breed has had some fantastic results. This includes bull sales such as Naracoorte and stud sales, on Auctions Plus, at sale yards and with the JBS Thousand Guineas program. The Royal Melbourne show is another opportunity to raise the profile of the breed and continue this exciting momentum.

Members can begin entering animals in either the show/judging (from June 3rd) or carcase (from May 25th) competitions, with the entries closing on Tuesday July 26th.

Please see the links below:

Beef Carcase competition Enter here: https://www.melbourneroyal.com.au/beef-carcase/
Beef Cattle competition Enter here: https://www.melbourneroyal.com.au/beef-cattle/

Further details and specifics will be communicated in the coming weeks and Shorthorn Beef would love to see exhibitors, members and supporters around the show ring at the 2022 Royal Melbourne Show.

Image contributed by Dion Brook

BRANCHES REPORT


By Branches Director/Minutes Secretary, Amanda Barlow

Thank you to all members who continue to be involved with the Shorthorn Beef branches. Branch members are still enjoying generally favourable seasonal conditions for their cattle. However this ranges from too much rain in the east to too little rain in SA. For the Riverina, it is the best start to the cropping season in a long time.

Presently, many branch members are preparing their bulls for Dubbo which should be a very strong sale. There are 105 bulls, 13 heifers and several genetics packages. This compares with 71 bulls offered last year. Good luck to all vendors!

The Tasmanian branch is to be commended for organising and running a Tasmanian Shorthorn Feature sale through Webb and Woodiwiss in April. There were over 20 lots of working age and yearling bulls, cow and calf units, PTIC and yearling heifers as well as commercial lines of weaner and yearling steers and heifers. Vendors included North Eastern, Royston, Sillwood and The Den Shorthorns. Some of the results were: 2 bulls sold, $5000 (Lot 5- Sillwood Reagan to JA & R Van Ruiswyk, King Island) and $4500(Lot 9- The Den Reload to Gibson Brothers)
-2/2 cow and calf units sold for $3500 to D & L LeFevre, Goulds Country
-2/2 PTIC Heifers sold to $4000 (Lot 16- Royston NTR Judith R61 to D & L LeFevre, Goulds Country) and averaged $3875.
Semen units sold to $120 a straw for Royalla Trigger.
There was strong demand for the commercial cattle with all lots selling. Highlights included: 6x PTIC Heifers a/c RS & RM Woodiwiss sold for $3030
-6x Yearling Heifers a/c RS & RM Woodiwiss sold for $1890
-Weaner Heifers a/c Aylett Contracting and BR Durham and Son made from $5.70-$5.86/kg, weighing from 210-257kg
-Yearling Steers a/c Sillwood Pastoral made $5.52-$5.53/kg, weighing from 298-317kg.

The Victorian branch is keen to highlight the upcoming Melbourne Show to members and encourage Shorthorn entries in both the Show and carcass competitions. Recently, Rob and Karen Rogers of Chester Shorthorns of Krowera, Victoria offered a small assortment of 6 PTIC Stud heifers on Auctions Plus. These sold for $4880 per head.

The South Australian branch is working very hard to organise its SA Junior Heifer Expo. This will take place 18-21 July at the Adelaide Showgrounds with the SA branch as one of the sponsors. Chair, Ben Golding, said that organisation is going very well with the event completely booked out in 2 days. Capacity was then extended and there are now approximately 171 competitors entered. They range in age from 8 to 24 and come from as far afield as WA, Queensland and NSW, as well as SA. Ben thinks it is nice to see people coming from interstate after Covid.

The Shorthorn Beef Board wishes all branches success with their events and continuation of high prices and favourable seasons throughout the rest of the year. Well done to all those selling Shorthorn cattle. It is wonderful to see buyers having the opportunity to purchase quality stud Shorthorn stock.

Days to Calving EBV

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The Days to Calving EBV is a measure of female fertility, and as such is a tremendously important trait to be measured within a maternal breed such as Shorthorns.

Balancing performance and carcass quality with maternal efficiency is critical for breeding programs today, Days to Calving (DtC) gives Shorthorn breeders a tremendous tool to assist in achieving these aims.

Reproductive performance is paramount for any breeding program, it affects both cost of production and revenue. A key requirement of every breeding female is the ability to conceive quickly post calving, carry the calf through gestation, deliver a live calf and raise it until weaning, within every 12-month period of her life.

An essential component of reproductive performance is the fertility of the breeding herd. Whilst many breeders manage fertility through management strategies and culling procedures, fertility must also be managed through genetic input. DtC provides a measure of evaluation that will assist breeders to achieve genetic improvement in fertility.

The Days to Calving EBV is an estimate of genetic differences between animals in the time from the start of the joining period (when the female is introduced to the bull) until subsequent calving. Days to Calving EBVs are expressed in days and are calculated from the joining records submitted for both heifers and cows.

The Days to Calving EBV promotes females that calve earlier in the calving season and deliver a calf every year.

Lower, or more negative Days to Calving EBVs are generally more favourable. For example, a bull with a Days to Calving EBV of -5 days would be expected to produce daughters that conceive earlier in the joining period than the daughters of a bull with a Days to Calving EBV of +5 days. Females with shorter Days to Calving EBVs also tend to be those that reach puberty earlier as heifers and return to estrous earlier after calving.

Breeders submitting joining information for inclusion in the Days to Calving EBV need to record all ‘events’ associated with the natural joining of their females from the start of the mating period in each breeding season through to when the subsequent calves are born. Broadly, this includes:
1. Joining details of all females naturally mated within the herd.
2. Details of all females removed from the herd, particularly those present at joining that were no longer within the herd by the time of the subsequent calving.
3. Details of all calves (dead or alive) that are born as a result of these joinings.

Days to Calving data can be submitted to Shorthorn BREEDPLAN using the Microsoft Excel, available here, ‘Template for Submitting Joining Information’. Alternatively, herds which use a BREEDPLAN compatible herd recording software package should be able to extract the joining details from their computer program and submit the details to Shorthorn BREEDPLAN electronically. It is critical that members use either of these formats to submit their Days to Calving data, and not the SH2 Registration forms, supplied by Shorthorn Beef, for registering calves.
Importantly, to be included in the Shorthorn GROUP BREEDPLAN analysis, the Days to Calving information needs to be submitted directly to Shorthorn BREEDPLAN. Electronic submissions should be sent via email to " target="_blank">.

Paper submissions, if necessary, may be submitted to the Shorthorn Beef office and will be forwarded to Shorthorn Breedplan on your behalf. If you have any further queries regarding Days to Calving, please contact the Shorthorn Beef office.

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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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