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TAS Country : March 24th 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011 Tasmanian Country 21 Shorthorn Advertising feature Sturdy breed suits beef and dairy HAR DY: Cow with calf. DAIRY Shorthorns are a dual-purpose breed of cat- tle with a long and proud history that originated in England 200 years ago. While some Shorthorn breeders of that era con- centrated on beef charac- teristics, a man called Tho- mas Bates endeavoured to breed a more versatile ani- mal that would produce good-quality milk and also had the sturdiness and substance to have a high residual value in beef. The modern Dairy Shorthorns are large, strong-framed cattle with a hardy constitution and placid temperament. They can be found in both milking and beef herds as they produce high- quality milk and make ex- cellent vealer mothers. The Dairy Shorthorn is classified as rare breed but a resurgence of interest in Tasmania has increased numbers. The Dairy Shorthorn As- sociation of Australia is holding an information field day combined with its Annual General Meeting at Chudleigh Show- grounds on April 9. New sires boost breed SILLWOOD Stud's commercial focus is as strong as ever, with buyers returning for bulls, steers and heifers. In the past year the first drop of calves from the low- birthweight producing sire Broughton Park Thunder C021 hit the ground and are show- ing great potential. Three new sires were used for the 2010 mating. Two were from the Belmore Stud in South Australia -- one by Belmore Jack- aroo, the highly ran- ked bull for EMA, and the other by the Grove Kookaburra, a bull with above-average muscle and fat figures. The third bull is Eungella Yukon Roy- alty, an imported Canadian embryo. He is a smooth-muscled bull by the Canadian sire CHS Royalty. Black and white and red all over . . . using Shorthorns in a cross breeding program can produce distinctive colours' COLOUR KEY: Distinctive colouration is a Shorthorn trait. ONE of the great traits of Shorthorn cattle is their very distinctive coloura- tion -- the reds, whites and roans. This colouration is a great advantage for those breeding purebred steers as buyers chasing Short- horn cattle easily identify them and pay premiums for the right cattle. Likewise, using Short- horns in a cross breeding program can produce some distinctive colours, like the blue and straw- berry roan cows -- often sought for their strong ma- ternal qualities. In a cross breeding program, however, this variety of colours can sometimes cause con- fusion when selecting a Shorthorn bull to produce a specific colour in the offspring. Consistent colour in the offspring may be desirable if you are targeting a speci- fic market or a colour sensitive market. A consistent colour may also be desirable if you have a small herd making it harder to sell lines of similar colour cattle. Don't forget they are the same colour hanging in the abat- toir and in the retail cabi- net. A purebred herd of black Angus may have a small percentage of red gene carriers that you are not aware of, resulting in red calves from a Short- horn cross. Some of the caramel cream colours resulting from crosses may vary, including a light shade of red/orange, coffee or cream. Some breeds derived from Shorthorn, or that used Shorthorns as foun- dation animals to breed up from, may carry hidden roan colouration. Call the Shorthorn Beef office for a cross breeding brochure on 02 6772 2400. First-rate year THE last year has been very successful for Dun- roan Shorthorns in consoli- dating the herd with the purchase of a new top sire in Futurity POD. He has been joined with about 30 heifers to calve in spring. Six females were bought at Broome dispersal sale. Strong demand for bulls MOUNT Roan Poll Short- horn cattle are a soft, easy- doing, medium-framed cat- tle with plenty of milk. Stud principal Des Far- rell said there had been strong demand for Short- horn heifers and bulls. The stud sold the Su- preme Female exhibit of the 2010 Wynyard Show, Mount Roan Class, at the age of 27 months, along with a six-day-old bull calf, to a King Island beef breeder for $5500. Mount Roan Stud has heifers and bulls for sale and inquiries are always welcome. Visitors Always Welcome 144 BRADDONS LOOKOUT RD, LEITH TAS. Call Jake 0458 921 397 or Matt 0417 329 688 Junior interbreed champion at Melbourne royal in 2008 Roan heifer was purchased at the shorthorn show and sale at Dubbo last June from LACHLAN Shorthorns 2021492-110325 DUNROAN SHORTHORNS EST 1953 NEW SIRE FUTURITY POWER OF DESTINY 3 Heifers in calf to him on SALE DAY APRIL 5th 11am AGENT ROBERTS Contact: Tim Woodham 0418 323 425 Dick Loane 0407 871 088 Phillip Loane 0418 104 422 2008107-110325 MT ROAN POLL SHORTHORN STUD D.G. Farrell M: 0427 367 976 P: 6431 5507 678 Minna Rd, Stowport, Burnie 7321 "Visitors always welcome!" BULLS& HEIFERS FOR SALE 2008428-110325 SILLWOOD POLL SHORTHORNS Phone: JOHN BELL 6393 6113 FOR ALL LIVESTOCK ENQUIRIES Breeding for Temperament, Confirmation & Milk Domestic Market & Export Helen White & Wayne Davidson PO Box 207, Sorell 7172 Phone 03 6265 2631 Mobiles 0429 652 631 or 0427 652 631 ENQUIRIES ALWAYS WELCOME 2001248-110325 Bulls Available 2011 2085320-110325 DAIRY SHORTHORN Association of Australia FIELD DAY and ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 9th April 2011 at Chudleigh Showground. Dairy Shorthorns on Display and for Sale. AGM 10am FIELD DAY 10.30 to 3pm All cattle enthusiasts welcome. Contact: Karen 0408 353 953 Congratulations to the discerning breeders and exhibitors who were successful, using Shorthorn Genetics, in various Hoof & Hook Competitions in 2010. 2001315-110325 Circular Head, King Island, Devonport, Sheffield SHORTHORNS
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