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Understanding the Stayability EPD

Within the IGS analysis, understanding Stayability will be important for all breeders. This article takes a look at the function behind the Stayability EPD.
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Shorgene – Powered by IGS

The long-awaited change to IGS is finally being realised for the Shorthorn Breed. The system has gone through a lengthy review and the Shorthorn Beef board feel that both the IGS analysis is representing the quality of the shorthorn cattle well and the new data management program is ready to go.
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2019 World Shorthorn Conference

The 2019 World Shorthorn Conference was held the 3rd and 4th of October at The Graham Centre, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga. The event was attended each day by over 70 participants, including 25 participants travelling on the World Shorthorn tour.
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2019 Conference IGS Presentations

Couldn't make it to the 2019 World Shorthorn Conference held at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga? Here are the links to Dr. Wade Shafer and Dr. Mahdi Saatchi's presentations.
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PCAS

 

For more information visit the PCAS Website

The Pasture fed Cattle Assurance System is a Cattle Council initiative designed to provide assured standards for grass fed cattle. Eating quality is underpinned by MSA standards and ensures a minimum eating quality for end users.

The PCAS Standards comprise three modules, one core and two optional, with six standard elements. PCAS certification is linked through a Property Identification Code.

IMG_3820Core Module

Standard Elements.

  1. Identification and Lifetime traceability.
  2. No confinement for the purpose of intensive feeding.
  3. Pasture fed only.
  4. MSA compliant.

Optional Module 1: + HGP free

  1. Lifetime free from HGP’s

Optional Module 2: + Antibiotic Free.

  1. Lifetime free from antibiotics

 

Producers must apply for accreditation to PCAS and complete an initial audit as well as an annual audit. It is possible for producers to run accredited and non-accredited cattle on the same PIC providing they meet certain segregation and identification criteria. PCAS producers wishing to supply direct may source cattle outside the PCAS system to feed provided they meet certain criteria including under 10 months of age and 350kgs as well as other key criteria. Cattle may graze cereal crops providing the crops are in the pre grain stage. Cattle may also be fed minerals for health reasons and fed approved supplements, which include Almond Hulls, Canola meal, Lucerne pellets, Cottonseed and Silage from any forage without grain.

 

The PCAS system underpins grass fed programs and allow processors to provide an independently verified, MSA assured product for consumers.

Producers wishing to know more should go to www.certifiedpasturefed.com.au for more details.

 

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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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