The Shorthorn breed has been noted as the breed to turn to in order to increase fertility rates, mothering ability and marbling traits in a cowherd. The American Shorthorn Association recognizes the superior bulls that pass on these relevant traits as Pacer Performance Sires during the National Western Stock Show Shorthorn Pen Show in Denver, Colo.
To be recognized as a Pacer Performance Sire the bull must have a minimum of 25 registered progeny with complete performance data submitted to the ASA. Have a minimum of five daughters in production that calved at less than 28 months of age with an average progeny weaning ratio of over 100. Have a minimum of five progeny whose carcasses have met the ASA "Gold Award" standards (Choice--Yield Grade 3 or lower--minimum carcass WDA of 1.25 pounds per day). The sires BEPD, WEPD, YEPD and MEPD must be in the top 75 percents of breed based on the main active sire list in the year of nomination.
The ASA is proud to announce Waukaru Gold Card 5042 as a Pacer Performance Sire. This is the third and youngest sire to receive this prestigious award. Waukaru Gold Card 5042 originated in the progressive Shorthorn herd of Waukaru Farms Inc., of Rensselaer, Ind. He is a solid red, polled, March 2, 2005 son of Waukaru Gold Ship and Waukaru Colonial Nan 233. Gold Card is owned by Richardson Farms, Marlow, Okla., and Waukaru Farms Inc., Rensselaer, Ind. Currently Gold Card has 217 progeny registered with the ASA and 79 active daughters working in herds across the United States.
The mission of the ASA is to contribute to the profitability and quality of life of its members and their customers by maintaining, protecting the vulnerability and enhancing the value of the herd book and performance database for Shorthorn cattle. The ASA is headquartered in Omaha, Neb., and was founded in 1872 with herd book records going back to 1822. As one of the oldest American breed associations, the ASA provides services for more than 6,000 junior and senior members who register nearly 18,000 cattle annually. The American Junior Shorthorn Association promotes personal development through youth activities and educational events. With more than 3,000 members, the AJSA is dedicated to the betterment of its members, promotes valuable skills, and fosters friendships that will last a lifetime. To learn more, contact the ASA office or visit www.shorthorn.org.
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