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Beef Australia Interbreed Champion Bull Royalla Ventura P158

Congratulations to the Job family,  Royalla Shorthorns, Yeoval, NSW on their outstanding achievement at 2021 Beef Australia winning the Interbreed Champion Bull with Royalla Ventura P158.


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$40,000 bull tops National Shorthorn Show & Sale

Shorthorn bulls were in demand at the 2021 National Show and Sale, topping at $40,000 for a Polldale bull. The $12,627 average for the 67 bulls sold was well up on the 2020 average of $8240.
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A message from the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association

The Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association, Executive Officer, Alex McDonald, discusses some very significant changes to the WA JD Cattle Import Conditions.
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Genetic Hub appoints Registrar

Genetic Hub welcomes Rachael Constable to the team. She will be working in the Registrar department. Rachael comes to us highly experienced having worked with both the Angus and Hereford
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THE API $INDEX

UNDERSTANDING THE API $INDEX

Though EPD’s allow for comparison of genetic levels for many economically important traits, they only provide a small piece of the economic puzzle.

Dr. Wade Shafer, IGS, explains.
“The pig, poultry and dairy industries have led the way, using rigorously calculated indexes for decades to advance their breeding. But many beef producers are still only looking at individual EPD’s when making selections.” he said. “The first part is to know where the animals size up. The only way to get that is essential accounting – what is an extra unit of calving ease worth, how much is an extra unit of carcase merit worth?”

This is where $Indexes offer breeders more. Through well conceived, rigorous mathematical computation, they blend EPD’s and economics relating to the target market and production system, to deliver an estimate of the animals over all profitability.

IGS have offered the All Purpose Index (API) to Shorthorn Beef along with their suite of EPD’s. The All Purpose $Index, or API, evaluates animals for use on the entire cow herd with a portion of daughters retained for breeding and to maintain herd size and steers put onto feed for both quality and yield.

Several Australian breeders, who have been using IGS for many years, have also been using the API $Index as a selection tool within their herds and have been very happy with the results.

US Shorthorns also offer a very similar $Index, the $BMI or British maternal Index, which will bring Shorthorns in Australia onto a very similar platform.

API is a maternal $Index, which is important, but is also balanced by both carcase quality and quantity. Maternal $Indexes are critical for Australian breeders; the number one profit driver for any commercial breeder is maternal performance.

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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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