THE 60TH NATIONAL SHORTHORN SHOW & SALE

Held annually at Dubbo in New South Wales, the fixture offers discerning buyers the choice of a large number of quality bulls from across the country, as well as a select group of special females from the hearts of their breeders’ herds. Average bull prices in recent years, around $5000 to $5500, make for a market which caters to a range of budgets.
The National Shorthorn Show and Sale Committee invite you to take a closer look at what Shorthorns can do for your program. This fixture offers a diverse range of types and pedigrees, so there is bound to be something for everyone. And as the premier multi-vendor sale for the breed, the sires on offer are the tops of their drops. Many of the breed’s top studs have sourced new stud sires from the sale – the Australian record-priced bull was sold in Dubbo in 2006.
Held annually at Dubbo in New South Wales, the fixture offers discerning buyers the choice of a large number of quality bulls from across the country, as well as a select group of special females from the hearts of their breeders’ herds. Average bull prices in recent years, around $5000 to $5500, make for a market which caters to a range of budgets.
The Shorthorn breed has come a long way since it first graced Australia’s shores and became known as the “Breed That Built Australia”. The modern Shorthorn is known for its docility, calving ease, great capacity, finishing ability, growth and marbling ability. These are all traits highly valued by the commercial cattleman and are key elements to any beef program. The breed offers animals with suitability to a variety of programs and markets, be that breeding females for a self-replacing herd, domestic market or longer fed export market. Many feedlots and backgrounders demand Shorthorn-infused genetics for the breed’s ability to finish and marble well.
Shorthorns offer a range of maternal and carcase traits which make them a vital part of any pure or crossbreeding program. While many British breeds of cattle share these characteristics, results from the Beef Co-operative Research Centre at Armidale, NSW, clearly show Shorthorns to have superior marbling performance in comparison to Herefords, and superior Net Feed Intake (NFI, or feed efficiency) to Angus. This puts Shorthorn in a unique position as the ultimate British breed infusion for any crossbred program, or as a purebred option which can be marketed as a distinct and consistent line.
The National Shorthorn Show and Sale Committee invite you to take a closer look at what Shorthorns can do for your program. This fixture offers a diverse range of types and pedigrees, so there is bound to be something for everyone. And as the premier multi-vendor sale for the breed, the sires on offer are the tops of their drops. Many of the breed’s top studs have sourced new stud sires from the sale – the Australian record-priced bull was sold in Dubbo in 2006.
We wish you the very best in the search for your next sire.
Warm regards,
National Shorthorn Show and Sale Committee