Results from the Sprys Annual Bull Sale held in April this year demonstrated real confidence by the breeding industry in the Shorthorn genetics offered, when Shorthorn bulls sold to an average of $9,861.

In a further show of confidence though, two of the elite sires offered, Sprys Heritage M213 and Sprys Mortal M40, have now also joined the Shorthorn sire battery at ABS Australia.

At $30,000, Sprys Heritage M213 was the second highest priced bull in the catalogue, whilst Sprys Mortal M40 also sold to spirited bidding, eventually making $24,000. Both bulls were purchased by Greg Schuller, Outback Shorthorns Culcairn.

Heritage M213 was described by stud principal, Gerald Spry, as a complete package of medium maturity, deep, extremely big topped and easy keeping with an excellent data set. Sitting in the Top 1% of the breed for IMF%, Top 5% for Rib and Rump fats, Top 10% for Birthweight, Top 15% CE-D and Top 30% for 400 & 600 Day weight, Heritage offers a balanced EBV profile.

“Gigabytes and Gigabytes sons are where the Shorthorn breed needs to be heading, I believe,” Greg Schuller said. “High 200 and 400 Day growth, High Scrotal Size, High IMF and Positive Fats and High EMA, all hit the requirements for Thousand Guineas to a tee. Given the tough season as well, the Gigabytes progeny are handling the conditions extremely well.” A Homo Polled sire, Greg said Heritage also offered an ideal maturity pattern with a deep pedigree. “Heritages dam, Judith J100, is a big bodied, deep, proven and predictable cow who has kicked a lot of goals before. The balance with Gigabytes gives Heritage a really balanced and proven pedigree.”

Sprys Mortal M40 is a sire that Greg says suits their clients are looking for.

“He is the perfect all-rounder for our clients. Mortal M40 is a Calving Ease sire which sufficient growth and excellent carcass performance and a medium maturity that will be very well suited to both heifers and cows.” Greg said. “Mortal offers proven Calving Ease from the sire, Royalla Nostalgia, but from a proven dam with an excellent production history and a full sister to Sprys Junction. It is a predictable pedigree; you know what you will get.”

ABS Australia will commence marketing both bulls and Greg said the relationship has been fantastic.

“The way the deal is structured, they handle it well. It is just so easy. ABS Australia handle all of the costs and work and with them on board I know the bulls will be marketed well.”

For vendor, Gerald Spry, having ABS Australia market the bulls is also a positive move.

“The bulls will get more exposure with potentially worldwide marketing so it can only be positive. The fact that ABS Australia had the confidence in my genetics and thought these two bulls were good enough for their needs I also see a really big positive.”

Greg says that there are plans to clear the bulls for semen export to New Zealand and North America later in the year.

“We have already had interest in both bulls from North America, so we will see how it goes.”

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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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