Angus Australia’s Top 10 – A year in review

December 21, 2016 11:38 am

It has been a stellar year for Angus cattle across Australia despite the challenges the beef industry has experienced due to widespread drought in the past 12 months.

As we draw closer to the end of the year, it is very timely to reflect on the top stories coming out of Angus Australia. Here we reflect on the top 10 stories as judged by reader traffic on the website.

Semex Kansas State University Scholarship Awarded to South Australian

Mardi O’Brien from Kyancutta in South Australia has been awarded the 2016 Semex Angus Youth Kansas State University Scholarship.

Sponsored by Semex Pty Ltd and Angus Australia, the Kansas State Scholarship provides a young beef cattle enthusiast with the chance to spend a semester studying at the prestigious Kansas State University in the United States of America each year.



Weaner sales kick off with a bang

The southern weaner sales kicked off on January 4th, with record prices achieved as the first of the sales realising up to 100c/kg or $400 a head more than the 2015 prices, which were considered records of their own at the time. Angus cattle continued their dominance of the weaner sales achieving the top prices across the board.



Angus Australia launches initiative focused on commercial beef sector

Angus Australia is pleased to announce the commencement of a new program focused on supporting the commercial sector of the beef supply chain.



Calculation of TACE EBVs for North American Sires

Over the past six months, queries have been raised by several Angus Australia members regarding the calculation of EBVs for overseas sires in the Angus TACE genetic evaluation, particularly at the time of, or shortly after importation.

This article discusses how EBVs are calculated for imported North American sires, reasons why Angus TACE EBVs and North American EPDs can differ for an individual sire, the results of a recent study that evaluated the reliability by which starting EBVs are assigned for imported sires, and several initiatives that have been instigated to further improve the calculation of EBVs for North American sires.



Angus Australia Board Update – Results of Directors ballot

The Ballot for positions on the Angus Australia Board closed on Friday 6th May.



Twelve months on and the records keep rolling

Twelve months ago the cattle industry experienced what could only be described as a buoyant market. In September 2015 the beef cattle industry experienced a shift in confidence as Angus steers broke through the 400c/kg mark and the record average price for Angus bulls sold at auction in Australia was smashed.



Angus Success at 2016 EKKA

The 2016 EKKA in Brisbane was again a success for Angus.  Grand Champion Cow was won by K5X LISA H56,  KL Smith and the Grand Champion Bull was won by ACACIA K14(AI), Acacia Angus Stud.  All competitors are to be congratulated.



Angus Success at 2016 Sydney Royal Show

Angus dominated the interbreed judging at the Sydney Royal Easter Show, taking out the Hordern Perpetual Trophy for Supreme Beef Breed Pair  and the Urquhart Trophy for Supreme Beef Female.



Angus Australia elects new President

South Australian Libby Creek, has been declared the first female President of Angus Australia at a meeting of its’ Directors, held in Albury on May 20th.



Sam Hunter awarded LIVEXForum Scholarship

Sam Hunter has been awarded the inaugural Angus Australia Foundation LIVEXforum Scholarship, and will travel to Canberra at the end of October to attend the LIVEXforum.