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Office Trading Hours

The Shorthorn Office will be closed Monday 13th April 2020. We will reopen Tuesday at 8am. During the CONVID 19 the office will still operate as normal Monday to Thursday 8am to 5:30pm.

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.

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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