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THE SPECKLE PARK JOURNAL | 2015 EDITION | ISSUE 4

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Welcome to the 2015 edition of the Speckle Park Journal. If Speckle Park are new to you, welcome to the most exciting beef breed in Canada! Or if you’re in Australia, Ireland, England or the United States, Speckle Park are the most exciting breed from Canada! Since the last Journal, Speckle Park have continued to demonstrate their fit for the beef industry by the increased interest in the breed. The past 18 months have witnessed 100 new breeders purchase registered Speckle Park in Canada, with many from British Columbia and Ontario. In the same period, the number of CSPA members has increased by 31%. If “from sea to sea” is the Canadian motto, this Canadian breed is trying to meet the Canadian standard. CSPA now boasts a breeder in Cowichan Bay on Vancouver Island on the west coast, and another in Mira Gut, Nova Scotia on the east coast. Newfoundland will take a bit more time, as did confederation, but it will happen. Thank you to the juniors who exhibited Speckle Park in the 2015 UFA Junior Steer Classic at Calgary Stampede, and to those who entered the Quality Beef Competition as well. Your hard work and commitment gave Speckle Park their seventh QBC win in fifteen years. Each competition provides more evidence of the consistency of Speckle Park – consistency in carcass size, marbling, large rib eye area and ideal fat covering. New for 2015 is the Association’s investment in efforts to acquire detailed, sire-verified carcass data from Speckle Park on feed at Western Feedlots (p.18). This is extremely exciting for

its potential to demonstrate the Speckle Park carcass quality in a test in which all are fed the same in the same environment. The investment in sire verification of these animals will benefit our seedstock producers in making their breeding decisions to serve their commercial customers. The data gained from this test is only the beginning of the data collection required to make the most of genomics. Speckle Park are part of the Canadian beef industry, which acknowledges genetic improvement is the means of increasing the benefits for all links of the beef chain. As the demand for Speckle Park seedstock continues to increase and breeders have struggled to sufficiently supply the market, total quality management becomes extremely important. Now is not the time to take short cuts as breeders or as buyers. With the increased demand comes the need for increased vigilance to ensure the improvement of the Speckle Park breed in all the traits important to the entire industry. The office of the Canadian Speckle Park Association exists to promote Speckle Park by serving the Association’s members and “friends of Speckle Park.” Whatever your question, we are happy to try to find an answer for you. We can supply you with a comprehensive breeders’ directory to help you find the Speckle Park breeder nearest you, or answer your questions about the registration of Speckle Park. All Speckle Park breeders also love to talk about cattle. Don’t wait for an invitation, invite yourself over to view their herd and have a conversation about Speckle Park and how they can work for you.

Rod Remin, Business Manager Can ad ian Speckle Park Association

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national grand champion bull

national reserve champion bull

EXHIBITED BY Johner

EXHIBITED BY Johner

HS Untapped 3A

Redneck JSF Whiskey 4B

Stock Farm, H&S Land and Cattle

Stock Farm

national grand champion female

national reserve champion female

EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

EXHIBITED BY Johner

canadian western

Notta 26T Janette 3W

Cattle

JSF Essence 2B

Stock Farm

agribition heifer calf champion JSF Essence 2B EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farm

reserve heifer calf champion River Hill 54Z Bella Joy 25B EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

junior champion female Ravenworth Northern Star 117A EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

Cattle

reserve junior champion female River Hill 25y Alexia-Jade 59A EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

senior champion female Notta 26T Janette 3W EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

Cattle

reserve senior champion female Second Chance Blizzard 02B EXHIBITED BY Second

Chance Speckle Parks

bull calf champion Redneck JSF Whiskey 4B EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farm

reserve bull calf champion Can-Am Zeppelin 1B EXHIBITED BY Jackson

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NOVEMBER 26, 2014 L O C AT I O N

REGINA, SASK JUDGE

JIM HALLBERG WEYBURN, SASK

Cattle Co.

junior champion bull HS Untapped 3A

EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farm, H&S Land and Cattle

reserve junior champion bull River Hill 50U All In 60A EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

senior champion bull River Hill 60W Line Drive 54Z EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

reserve senior champion bull Uneeda Zapper 13Z EXHIBITED BY Notta

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grand champion bull

reserve champion bull

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EXHIBITED BY River

Uneeda Zapper 13z

River Hill 60w Line Drive 54z

Ranch

Hill Farm

grand champion female

reserve champion female

EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

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lloydminster

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Notta 26T Janette 3W

P.A.R. Wonder Bra 66W

Cattle

Ranch

junior heifer calf champion River Hill 54Z BB Jade 59B EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

reserve junior heifer calf champion Baby Girl of MX 114B EXHIBITED BY MX

Ranch

int. heifer calf champion River Hill 54Z Bella Joy 25B EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

reserve int. heifer calf champion JSF Essence 2B EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farm

senior heifer calf champion Unlimited Spots Brittany 01B EXHIBITED BY Unlimited

Spots

junior champion female River Hill 25Y Alexia-Jade 59A EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

reserve junior champion female Rayleen Of Par 15A EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

senior champion female Notta 26T Janette 3W EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

Cattle

reserve senior champion female P.A.R. Wonder Bra 66A

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EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

junior bull calf champion JSF Guardian 4B EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farm

reserve junior bull calf champion P.A.R. Bubba 66B EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

int. bull calf champion Colgan’s Baxter 1B EXHIBITED BY Colgan’s

Cattle Company Corp.

reserve int. bull calf champion C Speckles Buckaroo Bob 1B EXHIBITED BY Curtis

L O C AT I O N

LLOYDMINSTER, SASK JUDGE

MARTIN LEBLANC ESTEVAN, SASK

and Dustin McAleer

senior bull calf champion Redneck JSF Whiskey 4B EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farm

junior champion bull P.A.R. Ace In A Hole 66A

EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch, Colgan’s

Cattle Company Corp.

reserve junior champion bull HS Untapped 3A EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farm, H&S Land and Cattle

senior bull champion Uneeda Zapper 13Z EXHIBITED BY Notta

Ranch

reserve senior champion bull River Hill 60W Line Drive 54Z EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

SHOW

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grand champion bull

reserve champion bull

EXHIBITED BY River

EXHIBITED BY Colgan’s

River Hill 60W Line Drive 54Z

Colgan’s Baxter 1B

Hill Farm

Cattle Company Corp.

farmfair grand champion female

reserve champion female

EXHIBITED BY P.A.R.

EXHIBITED BY River

P.A.R. Wonder Bra 66W

River Hill 13U Show Girl 60B

Ranch

Hill Farm

international

heifer calf champion River Hill 13U Show Girl 60B EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

reserve heifer calf champion Baby Girl of MX 114B EXHIBITED BY MX

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Ranch

junior champion female Codiak Annie GNK 7A EXHIBITED BY Codiak Acres

reserve junior champion female Rayleen of P.A.R. 15A

EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch L O C AT I O N

EDMONTON, ALTA JUDGE

DWAYNE MARTIN WARBURG, ALTA

senior champion female P.A.R. Wonder Bra 66W EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

reserve senior champion female Spots ‘N Sprouts 21U

EXHIBITED BY D.A.M

Dots Ranch

bull calf champion Colgan’s Baxter 1B EXHIBITED BY Colgan’s

Cattle Company Corp.

reserve bull calf champion P.A.R. Bubba 66B EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

junior champion bull Codiak Scape Goat GNK 88A EXHIBITED BY Codiak Acres

SHOW

RESULTS

reserve junior champion bull P.A.R. Ace In A Hole 66A EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch, Colgan’s

Cattle Company Corp.

senior champion bull River Hill 60W Line Drive 54Z EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

reserve senior champion bull MX Big Gun 105Z EXHIBITED BY MX

Ranch

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opportunity is

knocking

Comedian Milton Berle once said, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” Although total herd numbers are low, Speckle Park breeders are seeing a surge in demand for these black and white cattle.

In the last 20 years, Speckle Park genetics have moved to three continents, in seven countries. As the breed’s reputation continues to grow, new opportunities are beginning to emerge, and for those willing to go the extra mile to raise solid genetics, nurture relationships and promote the breed, the hard work is paying off. In October of 2014, Ontario hosted its first sale, which aimed to expand Speckle Park genetics and meet the growing demand in the area. Sale manager Jordon Underhill says the Herd Builder sale created a lot of buzz for the breed. The sale was followed by a 2015 spring bull sale, and the second annual production sale is scheduled for later this year. “The upcoming

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sale will feature 45 solid lots,” said Jordon Underhill, who raises Speckle Park cattle in his operation, Underhill Specs. “With the help of fellow consignors, we started the Herd Builder Sale in 2014 and saw record prices well beyond the elevated standard beef prices for the times. The sale was an answer to demand. You either embrace the demand today or lose the demand tomorrow. Through this sale, we want to help build more quality Speckle Park herds in Ontario and create a sustainable marketplace for years, and hopefully generations, to come.” Underhill believes Ontario and Quebec also offer the perfect locations to start promoting Speckle Park beef to consumers. “Ontario and Quebec are important because they contain the majority of the consumer population in Canada,” he said. “If we believe you can ‘taste the difference,’ then we need to get the commodity to the consumer’s mouth. The retail channel is cut-throat and ruthless, but the restaurant market is a consumer taste-test platform. Speckle Park cattle originated in


Western Canada, so there is a story to sell to restaurant chains. With that story comes quality and mouth-watering flavour that will add to the bottom line of each restaurant unit in the franchise chain.” Andrew Metcalfe of Andchris Farms serves on the Canadian Speckle Park Association board of directors and echoes Underhill’s thoughts regarding promoting the breed to cattlemen and consumers alike. “I believe the Speckle Park breed is the fastest growing beef breed there is right now,” said Metcalfe. “There is so much potential for success in this breed. From a cattlemen’s point of view, Speckle Park cattle are easy feeding, easy keepers and don’t need a lot of expensive grains. More than that, the carcass traits are really outstanding. We are seeing an increasing number of sales in Western Canada as commercial cattlemen are seeing the potential for using Speckle Park bulls in their herds. Recognizing the potential added value of Speckle Park calves, market prices are reflecting this uptick in demand.” In Western Canada, CSPA’s marketing efforts have reached large commercial operators, who are keen to buy Speckle Park bulls to breed their herds. Nine years ago, Burnell and Laurel Martin of Alberta had the opportunity to purchase 60 Speckle Park cows. At the time, they saw these cattle with their speckled hides as a novelty, but as Burnell says, “It’s not the hide that matters, it’s what’s underneath that counts.”

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AMANDA RADKE

A fifth-generation rancher from Mitchell, SD, Amanda grew up on a purebred Limousin cattle operation in which she and husband Tyler are active. She graduated with a degree in agriculture journalism from South Dakota State University. She’s served previous internships with USDA’s Ag Marketing Service in Washington D.C, the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association in Denver, and BEEF magazine. She now writes for BEEF Daily, and also works as a freelance writer.

The Martins quickly discovered that their Speckle Park calves gained well in the feedlot and also performed on the rail, with consistent marbling and great yields. “After nine years of raising Speckle Park cattle, I don’t see myself switching gears,” said Burnell. “The calves sell great, and the cows are quiet and make great mothers. They winter easy and are pretty hardy cows that are pretty moderate and have great milking abilities, as well.”

Jordon Underhill, photographed with wife Donna and son Hayden, has been breeding Speckle Park for a number of years, and manages the Herd Builder sales in Ontario, Canada. photo © Golden Thread Livestock Images

seeking Speckle Park genetics. “There are more Speckle Park bulls for sale all the time in Western Canada,” said Laurel. “Word of mouth is really helping to expand the breed. Speckle Park cattle have caught the eye of folks at the Calgary Stampede and Agribition, and as the breed earns more awards, it’s going to get people talking. Without a doubt, these cattle are competitive against other breeds, and as the breed grows and gains momentum, there’s going to be more marketing opportunities for cattlemen using Speckle Park genetics to take advantage of.” “It seems like more commercial breeders are willing to try Speckle Park bulls on their herds,” added Burnell. “Large ranches are buying bulls in volume. I can definitely see Speckle Park growing in the next decade as people start to hear more about the breed and see information at trade shows and in advertisements.” Metcalfe says CSPA is planning to increase its efforts in advertising and promotion of the breed — not only in Canada, but around the world. “In

“We’ve been crossing our Saler and Angus cows to Speckle Park bulls, and the hybrid made some really nice replacement heifers and good feeding steers,” added Laurel. “Last year was the first year we used Speckle Park bulls on our better Speckle Minnamurra Pastoral Company’s Director David Reid and General Park cows, and we’ve Manager Dennis Power with their Grand Champion Bull at the got some really nice Sydney Royal Easter Show, Australia. calves on the ground that we are excited to the last decade, we have already built some great wean in December.” The Martins have noticed momentum in the breed,” he said. “Although our an uptick in Speckle Park bulls for sale — both association is small compared to other breeds, I at auctions and via private treaty, and they are think once cattlemen see the advantages of using excited to have more options available when Speckle Park on their commercial herds, the T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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excitement around the breed will only continue to grow. The Australian market has been huge, and cattlemen over there have done a great job of promoting the breed. The biggest market our association needs to work on right now is with United States cattlemen. If we can promote the carcass qualities of the breed, I think U.S. ranchers will get excited about using Speckle park genetics to raise higher quality carcasses and receiving premiums for a better beef product.”

“They marble like

Waygu cattle but finish much quicker and without the extra fat.

We’re talking USDA Yield Grade 1, Prime beef!”

There are currently seven breeders in the United States who are registered with CSPA, and Metcalfe says there is a growing interest from commercial cattlemen in the U.S. to use Speckle genetics in their herds. “As long as Speckle Park breeders continue to breed and sell the best genetics they can, there’s only one way for the breed to go, and that’s up,” he said. In the land of Oz, “speckle is the new black,” as Australian cattlemen simply can’t get enough of Speckle Park cattle. David Reid is the director of the Minnamurra Pastoral Company, one of the largest commercial cattle stations in Australia, and is working diligently to establish a Speckle Park breeding program. The station has 100 head of Speckle Park females using imported embryos and semen from the top Canadian sires. The station plans to grow its herd to 350 head but is also working with other ranchers to help grow the breed in Australia.

Burnell and Laurel Martin have been using Speckle Park bulls at their ranch outside Oyen, Alberta, Canada, for a number of years.

Andrew Metcalfe of Andchris Farms, Ontario, Canada, was elected to the Canadian Speckle Park Association board of directors in 2015.

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Reid says the Speckle Park breed has the potential to become very popular with cattlemen in Australia thanks to the breed’s high-yielding carcass, outstanding marbling and strong maternal traits.

any wild claims, until the genetic base can be broadened,” Reid said. “We need to get good cattle people involved who will promote the breed rather than looking for a quick dollar. Work to spread word about the breed and let the results do the talking. At the end of the day, unless there is a good business case for changing breeds, Speckle Park will languish as a boutique breed like so many others. Carcass competitions and feedlot trials all help with getting the word out, as do large, established breeders making the switch.”

In the U.S., value-added beef commands premium prices, giving American “The strong traits of Speckle Park cattle exhibit cattlemen plenty of well in the hybrid animal, so they can be used incentive to seek to build on the qualities of English breeds like Anne Anderson is a cow- out genetics that calf and stocker operator Angus and Shorthorn, but more importantly in Texas, U.S.A., and will add marbling for Northern Australia, they can improve is the vice chair of the without too much the meatiness and thickness of Bos Indicus Cattlemen’s Beef Board. external fat. Of breeds to produce a more acceptable carcass,” She has been developing course, Speckle said Reid. “I believe Speckle Park could cross a herd of Speckle Park Park fit the bill, using embryo transfer. well with any breed of cattle, and as a result, photo © Cattlemen’s Beef Board but the challenge the breed could develop into the mainstream is spreading the of the Australian industry due to the breed’s word. The breed has a passionate advocate in very positive attributes. It is early days yet, but Anne Anderson, a Texas-based cattle woman as more cattle move through the supply chain who fell in love with the black and white hides and into restaurants, there will be a growing of the breed and is excited about the potential demand from feedlots and meat distributors, added value of the hides and the carcass traits and this will make skeptical commercial that Speckle Park have to offer. breeders sit up and take notice. As a result, there will be a great opportunity for seedstock “It’s a slow road to build the breed’s reputation producers to capitalize on the demand for bulls up when Speckle Park numbers are low,” she as the market develops.” admitted. “But I can’t believe how well these cattle perform. They marble like Waygu cattle To grow the breed in Australia and around the but finish much quicker and without the extra world, Reid says seedstock producers need to fat. We’re talking USDA Yield Grade 1, Prime focus on what the commercial cattlemen needs. beef! The hype for Speckle Park beef is already growing in high-end restaurants in Australia, “In order to compete against more established and because of the great eating experience breeds, we will have to be sensible and promote the beef offers, I believe the potential for beef the good points of the breed, without making demand is here in the States. Although we have


photo © Minnamurra Pastoral Company

quite a bit of restaurant interest currently, we need to grow numbers to meet the demand. It’s going to take time, but the potential is there for great things to happen for the breed.” Anderson says breeders should look to team up with restaurants in the early development stages, so the owners can be a part of the experience, creating a loyalty to the breed and an increased buzz about Speckle Park beef. “I believe in a pasture-to-plate partnership,” she said. “We can all be part of the ride together and that makes for a sustainable partnership. I would love to see the breed grow and create a branded beef program for restaurants, but as breeders, we are going to need to be patient and work hard to promote the breed while also building our numbers.” Without a doubt, opportunity is knocking for Speckle Park breeders; it’s time to walk through that open door by building breed numbers, collecting data, promoting the breed and creating partnerships from the commercial cattlemen to the high-end restaurants. SPJ

One of Anderson’s embryo transfer calves.

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NOTTA 26T JANETTE 3W RAVENWORTH NORTHERN STAR 117A RAVENWORTH WILLOW 104B 2014 Agribition Junior Champion 2014 Agribition Grand Champion Female Speckle Park Champion in First Lady Classic 2014 Stockade Roundup Grand Champion Female Top 4 finalist in Stockade Interbreed Supreme

BREEDER’S HERD

2014 Agribition Champion Breeder’s Herd

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to all of our buyers, bidders and supporters over the past year. RAVENWORTH WESTERN JEWEL 116B High Selling Heifer Calf, Western Elite Sale TH A NKS TO CO LG A N’S C AT TLE CO CO R P

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CARCASS TRIAL +COMPETITION how to participate sell calves to western feedlots step 1

Western Feedlots Ltd. will purchase Speckle Park-influenced heifer and steer calves directly or through Western’s designated dealers during a specified period of time.

step 2

send this form to the association

Simply fill out this form, attach a list of the animals’ CCIA tag numbers that are being sold to Western Feedlots, and mail to the Canadian Speckle Park Association. The first 500 cattle entered will receive free sire verification testing. Please contact us prior to delivery of the calves regarding hair sample collection.

contact information Contact Name Telephone E-mail Address Postal Code

entry information

Please attach a complete list of CCIA tags of the cattle sold to Western Feedlots. Total number of head Date of Sale for sire verification purposes: List any and all Speckle Park sires who may have offspring in your group:

2. TATTOO REGISTRATION NO. 3. TATTOO REGISTRATION NO. 4. TATTOO REGISTRATION NO. 5. TATTOO REGISTRATION NO. data release

I (name) hereby provide permission for Western Feedlots Ltd. to release all carcass and feeding data to the Canadian Speckle Park Association on all animals sold by myself or my farm to Western Feedlots. Date

DETACH AND RETURN THIS ENTRY FORM TO:

Canadian Speckle Park Association Box 773, Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0 www.canadianspecklepark.ca / carcass@canadianspecklepark.ca / 403-598-3293

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The Seller wanting to sell their Speckle Park-influenced calves will contact Western’s representative dealer and confirm purchase details (approximate delivery weights and price per lbs., weigh conditions) with the dealer before delivery of the calves to the buy station. The Seller will coordinate a date and time with Western Feedlots’ dealer for delivery of the calves, and will provide all the necessary sale and shipping documents to facilitate the sale and transfer of title of the cattle.

The purchase price of the calves will be derived from feeder market values for similar cattle, applied to the actual feeder weight at the buy station, less agreed upon pencil shrink, and paid FOB the delivery station at time of delivery. Western Feedlots will own the cattle, and will manage the cattle in accordance with Western’s management programs, designed to optimize cattle performance in the feedlot and in the market. The Seller will provide a list of all of the CCIA tags of the cattle. Also, Seller provides names and addresses for recipients of carcass data to be shared by Western. Note from CSPA: to participate in the trial and/or competition, be sure to include the Canadian Speckle Park Association, Box 773, Crossfield, AB T0M 0S0, as a receipient of carcass data.

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Western Feedlots Ltd. will purchase Speckle Park-influenced heifer and steer calves directly or through Western’s designated dealers during a specified period of time in the fall run. (ex. Oct. 1-31, 2015)

Only healthy heifer and steer calves between the weights of 475-700 lbs. will be purchased. They must pass inspection for soundness on arrival at the buy station. Bull calves will not be accepted.

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After feedlot finishing and slaughter of the cattle and the carcass to tag-linked data is available, Western will provide carcass data that is linked to the CCIA tags to the Seller. The Seller recognizes and accepts that in normal feedlot production practices, that there is a small percentage of the cattle that may not reach finish weight due to early death or other factors that would hereby result in no carcass data being available for such animal(s). Call Western Feedlots Ltd. at 403-312-1224 for more information regarding sale and delivery of calves..


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CARCASS TRIAL +COMPETITION Your chance to win! Speckle Park cattle make the grade. With eleven wins in the Calgary Stampede’s Quality Beef Competition, it has been proven these cattle perform on the rail.

Now, the Canadian Speckle Park Association wants to reward YOU! Enter your 2015 calf crop in the CSPA’s Carcass Trial & Competition when you sell your Speckle Park-influenced calves to Western Feedlots this fall.

The first 500 calves entered will receive FREE sire verification to help determine specific trends within sire groups and identify strengths in various genetic lines.

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Abigail Brady, class winning steer at the 2015 Calgary Stampede UFA Junior Steer Classic.

Lilly Artemenko, 2015 class winning steer at the Westlock 4-H District Show.

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Emme Artemenko, 2011 Reserve Grand Champion Steer at the Westlock 4-H District Show.

The speckle park

advantage More and more, you’ll see speckled hides standing out in show rings across Canada, often with a junior exhibitor on the halter. Young Canadian cattle enthusiasts are turning their attention to the Speckle Park breed when choosing their next special show project. The juniors interviewed for this story all agree on the traits they favour in the Speckle Park breed: their docility, distinctive markings and their sometimes smaller frames, which can be good for younger exhibitors. Twelve-year-old Clayton Spencer of 444 Ranch at Neudorf, Sask., who has had great success with Speckle Park females in 4-H and junior shows, says the breed is an excellent choice for young exhibitors “because Speckle Park stand out!” Some of these juniors were raised on Speckle Park operations, like 17-year-old Lilly Artemenko of Sunrise Ranch at Westlock, Alta. Artemenko and her sister Eme, 16, have shown Speckle Park females for years in 4-H. She counts her highest cattle-related achievement to date as winning the 4-H District Champion Female with her Speckle heifer, who is still in their herd today.

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“We both have a few cows for our own little herd, and this year we both had Speckle Park steers that we bought from a friend of ours, who bought one of our bulls,” says Artemenko. “I got Grand Champion of our club, and we actually took my steer to Calgary for the Stampede. He was fourth in his class.” She appreciates the marbling quality of Speckle Park steers, among their other winning traits. “We butcher our own steers so we have meat, and it tastes really, really good.” Artemenko hopes to do well in the upcoming 4-H year and wants to bring more exposure to the breed and promote its desirable traits. “The association really tries and encourages young people with the cattle,” she says.

Another young producer who, along with her family, is becoming part of the Speckle Park tradition is Brooklyn Metcalfe, 17, of Andchris Farms at Thamesford, Ont. Metcalfe is in her second year of showing cattle. She usually competes at between four


Lilly Artemenko, 2009 Grand Champion Heifer at the Westlock 4-H District Show.

Dustin Spencer with brother Clayton, 2015 4-H Club Grand Champion Female with a registered black Speckle Park.

and six local cattle shows each year, and her most exciting win thus far was placing first in the Speckle Park breed category at the Junior Beef Expo in London, Ont. this past March.

Carter Freimark 2015 4-H Club Grand Champion Steer.

are increasing. Shows like the National Junior All-Breeds Show in Bashaw, Alta., are open to females of all breeds, and programs such

Juniors across Canada are bringing home ribbons and banners with Speckle Park projects. Here’s why you should consider this breed in your search for your next great show animal.

Juniors who are new to the cattle industry are also choosing Speckle Park to establish their own herds. One such producer is Carter Freimark, 14, who will be showing his first purebred Speckle Park female this fall. Freimark, who has been in 4-H for seven years, started 10 Acre Ranch at Marshall, Sask., with his brother. “I have a small herd WRIT of commercial Speckles,” he says. “I bought my first purebred this past spring.” Freimark has done very well with his influence cattle, winning Grand Champion Steer in his 4-H club in 2015, and Grand Champion Female in 2014, and is looking forward to showing purebred females. “I helped Leroy Argue show for a couple of years, and this past year I went to two bigger shows with Tony Freimark, and I really enjoyed it, so I decided to buy my own and show her.” Freimark purchased his heifer with the money earned from selling his 4-H steer. “I really liked her tone and her depth. Her udder placement is really nice, and she’s a long heifer.” He plans to show her at the Stockade Roundup, Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition, and hopes to bring home more banners in the upcoming show season with the breed he loves. “You never know what colour their calves are going to be. And their meat is exceptional.” Today, the opportunities for junior Speckle Park exhibitors to compete at a higher level

TEN BY PIPER WHELAN

as Summer Synergy in Olds, Alta., have an All Other Breeds division, allowing youth exhibiting cattle from smaller breeds to compete in a variety of skill competitions with other keen youth, and vie for coveted scholarship opportunities. One such highly-competitive opportunity for Speckle Park youth is the Calgary Stampede’s UFA Junior Steer Classic. The breed has always topped the show’s Quality Carcass Competition, and now reframed as a junior show, the 2015 edition of Steer Classic featured a number of Speckle Park steers. Abigail Brady of Craigmyle, Alta., picked up weight class champion honours with her steer Skunk, purchased from Hiller Farms at Calmar, Alta. To see a Speckle Park steer and his enthusiastic owner do so well at this famed show is certainly a sign of the growing interest in the breed as a solid choice of show cattle. SPJ photo © Show Champions

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Wattle Grove Speckle Park Finding better ways to do beef business Best of Both Worlds

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“Mary Lindsay’s father James had bought a small herd of cattle from the Formo family and Mary went to help him bring them home. As they were riding along, Mary, who always liked different coloured animals, noticed what was probably a Shorthorn-derivation cow, roan, but not really roan because she had quite a few speckles on her side. She asked her father if she could buy this heifer. I think that Mr. Lindsay, for a man of his era, was probably very advanced, because he thought it was fine if daughters had lots of cattle and lots of land. That heifer dropped a white, black-pointed heifer calf, and that resulting heifer was bred to a Highland bull – Mary was one of the first importers of Highland cattle – and from then on it was Galloway and Angus bulls, but also Jersey in there. It was because in the 1930s, 40s, 50s, and 60s, most farms were mixed farms and the cream cheque was extremely valuable. So, if you put a little Jersey into the cows you were milking it was richer cream and you got more money. That’s why the Jersey got in there. It was almost serendipity, a happy accident; Mary didn’t plan to do what she was doing, she was doing what was useful at the time and in time she developed her own Lindsay Linebacks.

a humble

inception How Speckle Park cattle originated

Bill and Eileen Lamont knew the Lindsays through the Angus breed. They would trade bulls back and forth, and finally Bill decided he wanted a couple of Highland heifers. Mary Lindsay was honoured by the Highland association for her work, and also by the Lloydminster Exhibition Association. In 1963, Bill and Eileen went to pick out Bill’s Highland heifers, but Eileen also decided she wanted a Lineback heifer.

A history, as told by Christine Pike upon request by the membership at the 2015 Annual General Meeting

That’s the origin of the breed, and of course Bill and Eileen had Angus. Bill always got the best Angus bulls he could, the likes of Bardolier of Old Post. They were kind of intrigued by the first calf that heifer dropped, so whenever Mary could spare any, they bought more. That’s basically how it happened. Then Bill started a pasture-to-plate, as they liked their own beef very much from this cross. The first butcher to butcher the animals, Doug Staniforth, kept saying to Bill, “Have you thought about making a breed out of these?” Bill said, yes, he had thought about it. The man told him they were the best carcasses he had ever butchered on the basis of meat-to-bone ratio, and it was he who gave Bill and Eileen the idea for their slogan, “the balanced beef breed with the colour bonus.” Consequently, as Bill’s business was getting bigger and people were talking more and more about the good beef, Bill thought he had better get some more people interested and start an association.” The Lamonts were honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association for their work in the development of the Speckle Park breed. SPJ

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photo 2 Some of the first Speckle Park heifers with calves at side PHOTO BY C. Pike

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How long have you been breeding Speckle Park? “I bought my first Speckle Park cows in the fall of 2012.” Why did you choose this breed? “I chose Speckle Park because I was told how good the meat was, and how easy keeping they are. To my surprise and satisfaction, once I started raising them myself I found out that there are many other reasons why I will stick with this breed, such as: mothering ability, vigour at birth and the amazing cross with virtually any breed for commercial cattle.” What is one tool you couldn’t live without on the ranch? “Probably my horse. I use him for everything I do with the cattle, from checking and moving cows, to doctoring sick animals and fixing fence.” Tell us the best piece of advice you’ve ever received. “You can learn at least one thing from everyone if you’re willing to listen. Sometimes it’s not always learning what to do from someone, but also learning what doesn’t work can be helpful too.”

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Which animal has been the most influential on your program, and why? “Spots ‘N Sprouts 21U is basically a picture-perfect cow that has impressed a lot of people, and she’s what I’m striving to get all my females to look like. With many of her offspring working in my herd, I’m proud to say she’s a cow I am building my herd around.” Where do you get your agriculture news? “I usually get my news from the Western Producer or talking to other people. If there’s something specific I want to know or learn, I will look it up online. What is the best thing about Speckle Park, in your opinion? “Definitely, the beef. There is nothing better than a barbequed Speckle Park steak!” What is your favourite cut of steak? “Ribeye.”


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Photo courtesy of Kathleen Vogel Legacy Speckle Park Theodore, SK

New Rules of Eligibility

FOR SPECKLE PARK BORN TO SOLID BLACK PARENTS

Speckle Park breed characteristic colour patterns are: speckled, leopard, and white with black points. Speckle Park, however, still produce solid black Speckle Park which are registered in the percentage or appendix portions of the Speckle Park Herd Book, and this will continue. Effective May 25, 2015, calves born to a black parent but exhibiting a breed characteristic colour pattern will now be eligible for registration as purebred Speckle Park.

Prior to this bylaw amendment, for the offspring of a solid black Speckle Park to be eligible for registration as a purebred, the individual was required to meet all the other requirements of eligibility for purebred, and was also required to be the third consecutive generation of the breed characteristic colour patterns; this requirement was known as “the three generation rule.” The rule was originally part of the evolving breed requirements as determined by Animal Pedigree Act and served its purpose as long as Speckle Park were an evolving breed. The rules of eligibility appeared very complex but certainly allowed Speckle Park breeders to use the solid blacks to maintain a greater diversity in the breed’s gene pool. In summary, calves which display the breed characteristic colour patterns of speckled, leopard and white with black points and which meet the other requirements of eligibility for registration as purebred will be registered as purebred, even though they have a solid black percentage or appendix registered parent. The Rules of Eligibility for registration as purebred, percentage or appendix Speckle Park are on contained in the CSPA By-laws, Sections 15, 16 and 17.

Quality Beef

2015

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Competition

Speckle Park win again! Congratulations to Jessica Shewchuk of High River, Alta. for the winning Grand Champion carcass in the Quality Beef Competition as part of the UFA Junior Steer Classic, July 11-13, 2015. Her Speckle Park-influenced steer weighed 799 lbs. on the hook and graded AAA70, with a backfat measurement of 12 mm and a REA of 87 sq.cm. Speckle Park and Speckle Park-influenced entries have won the Quality Beef Competition seven times and placed second four times in the fifteen years they have competed. This year’s 32nd annual UFA Steer Classic came with two significant changes. The live steer show became a youth event, open to exhibitors between the ages of 9 and 21. In addition, the classes were split by weight rather than breed. The total entry in the UFA Junior Steer Classic was 60 animals, with 24 going onto compete in the Quality Beef Competition. A total of five Speckle Park were entered in the Quality Beef Competition, placing Grand Champion, 5th, 7th, 9th and 20th. One of only two carcasses grading Prime was a Speckle Park; the other four Speckle Park graded between AAA 10 and AAA70. A 104 sq.cm. REA was the largest in the competition and belonged to a Speckle Park. This same steer’s back fat measured at 5 mm, the lowest in competition, but also had the smallest hanging weight at 627.6 lbs. The ideal weight was considered 700-799 lbs. The margins in this competition are very tight and quite worth studying. The details are all available on the Calgary Stampede’s Agricultural Results web page. Thank you to these junior exhibitors for keeping Speckle Park at the front in this competition: Kassie Wrubleski, Amanda Morland, Kennedy Wrubleski, Laressa Shewchuk and, of course, Jessica Shewchuk. Thank you also to their support teams and the breeders of these Speckle Park steers.

photo © Show Champions


Back at the Royal!

Speckle Park will be returning to The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto this November. Speckle Park were first shown at the Royal in 1973 as a group of three steers bred by Bill Lamont and fitted by Larry Glassman from Russell, Manitoba. The Speckle Park steers placed second in their class of three market steers, and individually 3rd, 6th and 9th in a class of 25. In fact, Speckle Park have been back to the Royal for a few years now, competing as entries in the 4-H shows. Thank you to the 4-H members for exhibiting Speckle Park in these events. In 2015, Speckle Park will be back at the Royal featuring a display of live exhibits sponsored by the CSPA. For more information about the Speckle Park booth and live animal display at the Royal, please contact CSPA’s Ontario director, Andrew Metcalfe. Speckle Park pen of three steers competing at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in 1973. photo given to Bill Lamont by Larry Glassman

CSPA

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Every Speckle Park calf registered must qualify against its sire by DNA testing before registration (CSPA By-law 21, 6). No other beef breed in Canada has such a comprehensive requirement. Since January 1, 2011, every calf, male or female, propagated naturally, by artificial insemination or by embryo transplant must quality against its sire by DNA verification. In the case of embryos, the calf must qualify against both. When this by-law was introduced, CSPA members accepted the extra cost of the DNA tests as a matter of fact means to ensure the accuracy of Speckle Park pedigrees and thus the quality of the animals they sell.

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salesRESULTS october 18, 2014 // listowell, on

Herd Builder Ontario Speckle Park Female Sale

This first sale for Ontario Speckle Park was a fantastic success with a full house of buyers, bidders and spectators. The high selling purebred heifer calf was Steele Bryanna 3B for $7,000. The high selling purebred bred heifer was Silver Tips Jodiak STS 06A for $7,200. The high selling purebred bull was Petemar US Flip 11Z for $4,500.

REGISTERED SPECKLE PARK

4 bred heifers averaged $5,725 1 heifer calf sold $7,000 2 bulls averaged $3,050 2 mature bulls averaged $3,750 COMMERCIAL SPECKLE PARK 8 bred heifers averaged $4,637 2 2-year-old females averaged $4,000 2 cows with calves averaged $5,930 2 bulls averaged $2,933

Canadian National Speckle Park Sale at Agribition

The high-selling heifer calf was Ravenworth Acadia 112B, sired by River Hill 12X Zaar 7Z, was purchased by Wayne & Linda Meakin, Sturgeon County, Alta. for $13,250. Lost Valley Ranch Ltd. of Pontiex, Sask., purchased the high-selling bull calf; JSF Guardian 4B, sired by Codiak Calvin GNK 58Y, commanded $12,900 for 2/3 interest and full possession.

2 bull calves averaged $12,200 11 heifer calves averaged $7,773 12 embryos averaged $1,562/embryo 3 10-pack semen doses averaged $1,417/pkg

The sale grossed $132,900 with 12 2/3 live lots averaging $8,676.

october 26, 2014 // neilburg, sk

high selling bull april 3, 2015 // ardrossan, ab

Star Bank U-Pick 77U was the high-selling purebred cow, selected by Underhill Ent. of St. Williams, Ont. and River Hill Farms of Neilburg, Sask. for $9,000. The high-selling purebred bred heifer was purchased by D.A.M. Dots Ranch, Unity, Sask., for $5,750; she was Moovin Zpotz Ally 16A, a daughter of Moovin Zpotz Camaro 6X. Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp of Lashburn, Sask., purchased the high-selling heifer calf for $8,250, who was Ravenworth Western Jewel 116B, sired by River Hill 12X Zaar 7Z.

The high-selling bull was purchased by the “Oh My Gosh” syndicate for $30,000; He was Codiak Oh My Gosh GNK 60A, a stout, high-performance bull from one of Codiak’s premier cow families. The yearling bulls sold steadily, and were topped by River Hill Backgrounder 025B, who sold to P.A.R. Ranch of Lashburn, Sask. Heifers were hotly contested again this year, with the high-selling heifer being River Hill Beyonce 57B, sold to 4G Cattle Co., at a value of $15,000. Several buyers purchased in volume: Steve Butler, Burnell & Laurel Martin, and Sunrise Ranch.

Western Elite Speckle Park Sale

20 bred females averaged $5,625 11 heifer calves averaged $3,809 3 commercial females averaged $2,567 8 commercial heifer calves averaged $1,913 1 commercial steer brought $1,600

The sale grossed $179,000 on 43 lots of purebred and commercial cattle.

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Summit 3 Sale Results

15 extra-age bulls averaged $9,033 22 yearling bulls averaged $6,300 8 open heifers averaged $11,219 12 embryos averaged $1,106/embryo 30 units of semen averaged $192/straw

The sale grossed $390,875 on 51 lots of live cattle and genetics.


april 4, 2015 // lloydminster, sk

The Source Sale

A yearling fetched the top dollar in the prospective sire division of The Source Sale; Uneeda Bravo 105B brought a final bid of $7,750 by T-Bone Cattle Co. of Marwayne, Alta. The high-selling 2-year-old bull was P.A.R. MX Are You Ready 20A, purchased by Underhill Specs, St. Williams, Ont., for $7,100. Bridget of Uneeda 501B was the highselling heifer, being selected by Sunrise Ranch Ltd., Westlock, Alta. for $12,600.

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9 open heifers averaged $8,750 28 yearling bulls averaged $4,170 4 2-year-old bulls averaged $5,625 8 embryos averaged $850/embryo 50 units of semen averaged $75/straw

The sale grossed $228,550 with 42 live lots averaging $5,190.

april 12, 2015 // neilburg, sk

Supreme Speckle Park Bull and Female Sale

Wrangler Farms of Westlock, Alta. purchased both the top-selling bull and heifer in the inaugural Supreme Sale. Notta 101Y Bar Code 113B brought $9,500. On the female side, Ravenworth Prairie Lily 119B found the gavel at $10,500.

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The sale grossed $193,050 to average $6,106 on 31 live lots.

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8 bulls averaged $5,131 11 purebred females averaged $8,086 2 commercial heifers averaged $4,000 6 embryos averaged $625

JSF ESSENSE 2B Rs Champion Female

april 25, 2015 // listowell, on

Herd Builder Ontario Speckle Park Bull Sale

The first Herdbuilder Bull Sale was well received by Ontario cattlemen and women. Most bidders and buyers were discovering the Speckle Park breed for the first time and had many questions about the breed. Spot-R-None Skippy 2B, sired by Spots’N Sprouts Extreme 104X, was purchased by Allin Farms of Selwyn, Ont., for $4,400. River Hill Austin, a 2-year-old bull sired by River Hill Traffic Jam, was purchased by Todd Konecny, Walkerton, Ont., for $4,500.

13 purebred yearling bulls averaged $4,233 8 purebred aged bulls averaged $3,606 3 commercial yearling bulls averaged $3,400 1 commercial aged bull sold $4,600 10 commercial yearling heifers averaged $4,350

The sale grossed $99,850 on 25 lots of purebred and commercial cattle.

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Laundry of PAR 52B sold to Pathfinder Farms, AB

Miss Essence of PAR 25B sold to Sunrise Ranch, AB

PAR MX Are You Ready 20A sold to Underhill Enterprises, ON

MX R ANCH Max & Lindsay Graham 306-823-4494 306-823-7209 www.mxranch.ca

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UNEEDA FARM Wilf & Ruth Sunderland 780-745-2694 780-214-1024 sunderland@mcsnet.ca


{ } We are proud to run one of the largest herds of Speckle Park females, from which we’ve meticulously worked to produce influential sires that will continue to advance the breed around the globe. Look for us at the Farmfair International show, as well as in the Summit 3 Sale every year with a selection of top herd bulls, foundation females and breed-leading genetics. CODIAK EAGLE GNK46Y

CODIAK PUTNAM GNK61Y

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CO D I A K AC R E S • G A R Y & N A N C Y K I Z I A K A N D FA M I LY range road 214. ardrossan, alberta • 780-998-5483 • codiak@albertacom.com

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2015 Speckle Park Journal  

The official publication of the Canadian Speckle Park Association, published by Bella Spur Innovative Media Inc.

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