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Welcome to this new issue of the Journal. If you are reading this, you’re holding in your hands the first ever Bull Issue of the Speckle Park Journal. 2016 marks the fifth year for the Journal and the Bull Issue is a fantastic demonstration of how Speckle Park continue to move forward and reach out to commercial cattlemen. Watch for this year’s second issue – an anniversary commemoration – to be published in September. This year also marks the tenth anniversary of Speckle Park becoming a distinct Canadian beef breed, as well as the tenth anniversary of the export of Speckle Park frozen genetics to Australia. Speckle Park in Australia have been a fantastic success with combinations of lines and families never seen in Canada. This year and this issue of the Journal also mark a new dimension in the nature of the trade between the breed’s Canadian and Australian partners. We are pleased and proud to see publicly offered in this issue semen from Australian-bred Speckle Park. Trade in both directions truly marks the partnership as a trade partnership. In Canada, Speckle Park have enjoyed another outstanding year of successes and growth. Association membership continues to grow, and purebred registrations reached a new high by increasing 80 percent in

2015. Additionally, three new Speckle Park bulls are now on offer and presented in the catalogues of international semen companies – another highlight for the breed. This year will see a new show in Ontario and a new sale in Alberta. The Speckle Park 2015 National Show in Regina achieved a record entry with several new exhibitors. All these details and more information will be available at this year’s Annual General Meeting, and in the next issue of the Journal. Please consider this your personal invitation to attend the Canadian Speckle Park Association’s annual meeting on Saturday, June 18, 2016, in Westlock, Alberta. Come and learn the details of the breed’s growth, enjoy the BBQ and herd tours, and most importantly of all, meet the Speckle Park members, breeders and friends of Speckle Park. All the information will be available on the Events page of the Association’s website as well as through the Association’s email list. If you’d like to be included in the CSPA email list, please contact the CSPA office with your request. Contact information is listed on the previous page. Enjoy the view in this issue of the Journal! Better yet, come and join us – put a Speckle Park in your field. Speckle Park do stand out!

Rod Remin, Business Manager Can ad ian Speckle Park Association

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Top ranked Canadian Speckle Park bull (by number of registrations) Star Bank Lacerta 68L. photo Š Allan Browar ny

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selection Excerpts reprinted from the National Beef Cattle Evaluation Consortium’s Sire Selection Manual with permission. For the complete manual, visit www.nbec.org.

The Importance of Sire Selection Dan W. Moser, Kansas State University

Bull selection presents an important opportunity to enhance the profitability of the beef production enterprise. For several reasons, bull selection is one of the most important producer decisions, and as such, requires advance preparation and effort to be successful. To effectively select sires, producers must not only be well versed in the use of (performance and genetic comparison tools), and understand breed differences, they must accurately and objectively assess their current genetics, resources and management. Furthermore, recent advances

in DNA technology and decision-support tools add complexity to selection, but will ultimately enhance selection accuracy. Producers who stay up to date on advances in beef cattle genetics should profit from enhanced revenue and reduced production costs, as they best match genetics to their production situation.

Opportunity for Genetic Change

Sire selection represents the greatest opportunity for genetic change. Genetic change in cow-calf operations can occur both through sire selection and through replacement female selection in conjunction with cow culling. Most producers raise their own replacement heifers rather than purchasing from other sources. This greatly limits contribution of female selection to genetic change because a large fraction of the heifer crop is needed for replacements. Depending on culling rate in the cowherd, usually one-half or more of the replacement heifer candidates are retained at weaning to allow for further selection at breeding time. So even if the best half of the heifers are retained, some average heifers will be in that group. T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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“When I started with

Speckle Park, it was as a terminal cross for their meat. The past (few) years, we’ve taken a bit of a twist and are keeping more females. They winter really well, and are nice cows. We’ve also sold a few, with the market being so good.”

Finally, the information used to select replacement heifers in commercial herds is limited.

In contrast, whether selecting natural service sires for purchase or sires to be used via artificial insemination, the amount of variation available can be almost overwhelming. Producers can find bulls that will increase or decrease nearly any trait of economic importance. Furthermore, since a —Greg Holtby HO LTB Y FAR MS relatively few bulls will L L O YDMI NSTE R , SASK. service a large number of cows, producers can select bulls that are fairly elite even when natural mating. Use of AI allows commercial producers to use some of the most outstanding bulls in the world at a reasonable cost, allowing for enormous amounts of genetic change, if desired.

Permanent and Long-Term Change

Genetic change is permanent change. Among management decisions, genetic selection differs from others in that the effects are permanent, not temporary. Feeding a supplement to meet nutritional requirements is beneficial as long as the feeding continues and health protocols, while important, must be maintained year after year. However, once a genetic change occurs, that change will remain until additional new genetics enter the herd. Whether selecting for growth, carcass traits or maternal performance, those traits, once established in the herd, are automatically passed on to the next generation. Sire selection has a long-term impact. Regardless of whether a selected sire has a

favourable or unfavourable effect on the herd, if his daughters enter the cowherd, his effects will remain for a considerable period of time. Assuming a sire is used for four years and his daughters are retained, his impact will easily extend into the next decade. And, while each generation dilutes his contribution, his granddaughters and great-granddaughters may remain in the herd a quarter-century after last sired calves. For this reason, purchases of bulls and semen should be viewed not as a short-term expense, but a long-term investment into the efficiency and adaptability of the beef production enterprise.

Assessing Management, Resources, and Marketing Darrh Bullock, University of Kentucky

Goal setting is important for many areas of beef production, especially for the breeding program. These goals include reproduction, calf performance, income, herd replacements, cost containment, or a number of others. Breeding management decisions are going to impact each of these goals to varying degrees. For example, the breeding management practice that has the greatest impact on reproduction is crossbreeding; whereas selection is the best management practice for improving carcass quality. Once goals for your beef herd that are important to your family’s quality of life are set, it is time to determine which management and breeding practices will be best for your cattle operation. Remember, most management decisions can be changed in an instant, but changes to your herd’s genetics generally take time.

TESTIMONIAL

Steve Serone QDOS BRAHCKLES - LISMORE, NSW, AUSTRALIA

“I might be shallow, but Brahckles are simply smart, handsome looking cattle; great temperaments, fantastic mums, ease of calving, good fertility and great foragers.” photo courtesy of Wattle Grove Speckle Park

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“We’re very pleased by our results to date crossing Speckle Park bulls over our Angus cows. It’s early days yet, but we estimate that we are getting an extra 4% in dressing percentage and 3mm less carcass fat cover on a 100-day fed, firstcross steer compared with our pure Angus steers, which are some of the best commercial Angus in Australia. MSA marbling scores are consistently 2 to 3 on our 12-month old steers, inducted at 480 kg and fed for 100 days, and they average over 2 kg per day in weight gain. The most prestigious carcass competition here (in Australia) is the Beef Spectacular feedback trial, where the team of 6 steers competes against 75-95 other teams from all over the east coast of Australia. We entered a team of first-cross Speckle Park/Angus in both 2015 and 2016 and were overall winner in both years – a great endorsement for the future of the breed here in Australia.” David Reid MINNAMURRA PASTORAL

COMPANY - WILLALA, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Minnamurra F1 Speckle steers in Mort & Co’s Grassdale feedlot, Queensland, Australia

Visual and Phenotypic Evaluation of Bulls

Dan W. Moser, Kansas State University While a majority of the emphasis in bull selection should be placed on objective performance information, visual and phenotypic evaluation of bulls remains important for two reasons. First, bulls must be evaluated for traits that affect their physical ability to breed cows. In addition, some traits of economic relevance are not included in genetic evaluation programs. Successful commercial cow-calf operators should strive to select bulls that combine the genetic potential to improve profitability with the physical ability to work and survive in their production environment.

Breeding Soundness Traits

Likely the most important reason to evaluate prospective herd sires visually is to ensure they have the physical characteristics necessary to serve a large number of cows for a number of years. Typically, bulls offered for sale will have been subject to a breeding soundness exam (BSE), conducted by a veterinarian using guidelines set by the Society for Theriogenology (Spitzer, 2000).

A BSE consists of three steps, as follows; 1. A generalized physical examination and thorough examination of both internal and external portions of the reproductive system; 2. A scrotal circumference measurement; and 3. Collection and evaluation of a semen sample. While structural soundness of feet and legs is included in the BSE, producers would be wise to make their own evaluation of a bull’s skeletal structure before making a purchase. The ability of a bull to walk freely and without discomfort is critical for both breeding and grazing behaviour. The most critical details of soundness are correct slope and angle to the joints of the front and rear limbs. Bulls that are excessively straight-legged travel with short strides, and are somewhat prone to stifle injuries during mating (Boggs et al, 1998). Sound structured bulls, walking on smooth, level ground, will set their rear hoof down in the track of their front hoof. Straight-shouldered, straight-legged bulls will set their hind foot down in a position well behind where the front foot was set. Hocks and knees should be free of any swelling or inflammation. Structural problems in yearling bulls tend to become more severe as the bulls age and increase in weight. Body condition, or fatness of bulls is also an important consideration. Bulls need to be in moderate body condition at the beginning of the breeding season, as most will lose weight during periods of active breeding. However, T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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Beau & Christy Lyons VINY, ALTA.

“Our cows are mostly Simmental-Angus cross, and we find that using Speckle Park bulls has added value to the calf crop, as well as reducing labour at calving. Usually, you’d expect to take about a $100 hit per head on females, but Speckle Parkinfluence replacement heifers are such a hot commodity that we can sell them for the same or even a little more than the steers. Of our bull battery now, nine of eighteen are Speckle Park. If it wasn’t making money on our farm, we wouldn’t do it.” photo courtesy of Lyons Farm

after adjustment for environmental effects. For moderately heritable traits, like weaning weight, the relationship weakens, and data on relatives of the prospective sire add considerable information used in calculating the animal’s EPD. When dealing with traits of low heritability, like maternal weaning weight or reproductive traits, considerable information on relatives and progeny is needed to evaluate animals accurately. Regardless, EPD calculations account for the heritability of the trait, and the EPD is the single best estimate of progeny performance. …However, there may be a few instances where traits of economic importance are not included in genetic evaluations, usually because the traits are subjectively measured. For example, bull buyers may evaluate feet and leg structure, not only to ensure the bull can service cows, but also to maintain feet and leg soundness in the bull’s daughters. Again, the degree to which a sire’s conformation for such traits will be reflected in their progeny depends on the heritability of the trait in question… One of the traits most commonly evaluated visually by bull buyers is muscling… Obviously, bulls with overly aggressive, nervous or flighty dispositions can create management problems for producers, and should be avoided for that reason.

excess body condition can adversely affect fertility. Research has shown that excessively fat bulls on high-energy diets tend to deposit fat in the neck of their scrotum, interfering with temperature regulation of the testicles and lowering fertility (Coulter et al., 1997).

Visual Estimation of Breeding Value

Prior to the advent of performance testing, producers used visual evaluation to predict the breeding value of bulls for traits like growth rate and carcass composition, with variable success. The first performance-tested herds provided adjusted weights and in-herd ratios to their bull buyers, increasing accuracy of selection within one herd’s offering. But only with the availability of expected progeny differences (EPDs) were bull buyers able to accurately compare animals from different herds. Nonetheless, some bull buyers continue to emphasize actual weights or in-herd ratios when selecting a herd sire. Bull buyers often incorrectly assume that the animal with the most desirable actual performance will produce the most desirable progeny. While individual and progeny performance are related, the relationship is far from perfect. The relationship between an individual’s performance and their progeny’s performance depends on the heritability of the trait. For highly heritable traits, like carcass traits, relatives generally resemble each other closely, and an individual’s measurement is a reasonable estimator of their progeny’s performance,

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… Another area in which producers might use visual evaluation or phenotypic measurement in predicting a sire’s breeding value is in the area of calving difficulty, either direct or maternal. For example, a bull buyer might observe that a bull appears wider and more muscular through his shoulders, and wrongly conclude that his calves might require greater assistance at birth. Two studies at Virginia Tech evaluated the relationships between calf shape and calving difficulty, and concluded that once birth weight was considered, any measurements of the calf ’s dimensions or shape provided no additional information on the ability of the calf to be born unassisted (Nugent et al., 1991; Nugent and Notter, 1991). Also, pelvic area in females, measured at a year of age, has been shown to be a useful predictor of their ability to calve unassisted (Bellows et al., 1971). However, Kriese (1995) showed that using pelvic area of yearling bulls to predict their daughter’s calving ease is not useful. First, pelvic area is moderately heritable, so a sire with a larger pelvic area should transmit some but not all of that advantage to his offspring. Also, pelvic area seems to be significantly affected by developmental differences between males and females (Kriese et al., 1994), so genetics that result in large pelvic area in males might not have the same effect in females.


DNA-Based Biotechnologies

Alison Van Eenennaam, University of California-Davis Biotechnology is defined as technology based on biology. From this definition, it is obvious that animal breeders have been practicing biotechnology for many years. For example, traditional selection techniques involve using observations on the physical attributes and biological characteristics of animals to select the parents of the next generation. One only needs to look at the amazing variety of dog breeds to realize the influence that breeders can have on the appearance and characteristics of animals from a single species. Genetic improvement through selection has been an important contributor to the dramatic advances in agricultural productivity that have been achieved in recent times (Dekkers and Hospital, 2002). During the past century, several new technologies have been incorporated into programs aimed at accelerating the rate of the genetic improvement of livestock. These include, but are not limited to, artificial insemination (AI), sire testing programs that use data from thousands of offspring, the use of hormones to control the female reproductive cycle so as to allow for synchronization and superovulation, and embryo transfer. Prior to their eventual widespread adoption, some of these new technologies (e.g. AI) were initially controversial and their introduction met with some resistance. In the past decade, applied DNA-based technologies have become available as a tool that livestock producers can use to aid in making their selection decisions.

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Hereford-Longhorn cow with Speckle Park-sired steer calf. photo courtesy of the Canadian Speckle Park Association

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Simmental-cross cow with Speckle Park-sired heifer calf. photo courtesy of Johner Stock Farm

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Angus-cross cow with Speckle Park-sired heifer calf. photo by Natalie Jackman, courtesy of the Canadian Speckle Park Association

There are several types of genetic markers. Microsatellites are stretches of DNA that consist of tandem repeats of a simple sequence of nucleotides (e.g. “AC” repeated 15 times in succession). The tandem repeats tend to vary in number such that it is unlikely two individuals will have the same number of repeats. To date, the DNA markers used to determine parentage have primarily utilized microsatellite markers. Another type of genetic marker is referred to as a single nucleotide polymorphism or SNP (referred to as “snip”) where alleles differ from each other by the sequence of only a single nucleotide base pair. SNP genetic tests focus on detecting precise single nucleotide base pair differences among the three billion nucleotide base pairs that make up the bovine genome.

Genotyping refers to the process of using laboratory methods to determine which DNAmarker alleles an individual animal carries, usually at one particular gene or location (locus) in the genome. The genotype identifies the marker alleles an animal carries. Because an animal gets one allele of each gene from its sire, and one allele of each gene from its dam, it can only carry two alleles of any given marker locus or gene. If an animal gets the same marker allele from each parent it is referred to as homozygous (e.g. “**” or “TT” or “140, 140”), or it may inherit different alleles from each parent in which case it is referred to as heterozygous. (e.g. “*-” or “TC” or “144, 136”). DNA testing can be used to distinguish between animals carrying different marker alleles and this information can also be used for tracking parentage. … A common criticism of the currentlyavailable DNA tests for quantitative traits in beef cattle is that their ability to predict genetic merit is limited. The accuracy of a DNA test at predicting the true genetic merit of an animal is primarily driven by the proportion of additive genetic variation accounted for by the DNA test. Current estimates suggest this proportion is generally low (0-0.10) in existing tests, although this number is not readily available for all tests. The exception is tenderness DNA tests where available estimates for the proportion of genetic variation range from .016-0.299 (http:// www.beefcrc.com.au/Aus-Beef-DNA-results; Accessed 3/09/10). Over time it is envisioned that genetic tests will have many more markers which will be associated with the majority of important genes influencing a trait. … DNA-based technologies are developing at a rapid pace. It is likely that these technologies will play a progressively important role in beef production and marketing in the future. DNA-based tests can be used for various purposes; for example selection and breeding decisions, feedlot sorting, pedigree verification, and as a marketing tool. Estimates of DNA test performance (e.g. proportion of genetic variation accounted for by a DNA test panel) and accuracy in representative populations will be required to evaluate their use for selection, and also for incorporation of DNA data into the existing genetic evaluation infrastructure. SPJ T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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The Speckle Park Journal is proud to present the first comprehensive AI sire listing of semen being marketed around the globe. This directory includes bulls of both Canadian and Australian origin to assist both purebred and commercial users of Speckle Park in making effective breeding decisions for their individual herds.

Speckle Park cattle have gained tremendous acclaim for their carcass quality, efficiency and hardiness. Last October saw commercial replacement heifers out selling same-weight steers, and both groups topping the market at feeder sales (see page 26). Cattle feeders are actively searching out Speckleinfluence cattle because of their profitability on quality-based grids. All of this commercial-driven demand has further supported seedstock sales, with averages continuing to climb year-over-year. It’s an exciting time to be in the cattle business, and even more so in Speckle Park. Thank you to all of the breeders and businesses who have listed their sires in this inaugural “Bull Issue” of the Journal.

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• STAR BANK LACERTA 68L

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• STAR BANK 64L

HWY. 4 SPECKLE PARK 2H

NOTTA PRETENDER 64P

$80/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

codiak acres

Waratah Hume H14

FLAT LAKE BIG BEN 69M •

• ROB ‘N SON’S FARMS 3S

belmoral’s special 99h •

codiak marcy rkw 11m •

• ROB’N SONS FARMS 7N

triple a gem 15g •

C.A.M.Y. TORQUE 03T

CODIAK URSULA GNK 3U

$80/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

codiak acres / Colgan’s cattle company

a & w 15R

• star bank lacerta 68l

prairie hill amys girl f8 • prairie hill amys girl 21h

$30/STRAW

qualified for australia

waratah speckle park

780-998-5483 - CODIAK@ALBERTACOM.COM

780-205-8229 - COLGANSCATTLE@SASKTEL.NET

+61 420 548 299 - ADMIN@WARATAHSPECKLEPARK.COM

waratah jump n join j142

Star Bank King George 82U

River Hill 60W Line Drive 54Z

LST J142 14SEP2013 LST J142

[CAN]2768-PB 2APR2008 GGG 82U

[CAN]3841-PB 6MAR2012 BED 54Z

bw: 97lbs 20m wt: 1671lbs scrotal: 42cm

bw: 80lbs

bw: 88lbs 205d: 698lbs 365d: 1227lbs scrotal: 40cm

SEE OUTSIDE BACK COVER FOR AD

hwy. 4 speckle park 2h •

wattle grove moonshine e10 codiak mindbender 59m •

• river hill samson 25s

waratah ember e26 • star bank 94m

$30/STRAW

qualified for australia

waratah speckle park

SEE PAGES 30, OBC FOR ADS

PRAIRIE HILL ENTICER 89G •

SPOTS ‘N SPROUTS NEFROM 101N SPOTS ‘N SPROUTS 6A •

SEE PAGE 22 FOR AD

• NORALTA 9E

River Hill Traffic Jam 26T •

• Star Bank Lacerta 68L

• LIGHTNING LADY 19C

River Hill Show Me Off 60S •

• Star Bank Leonid Night 54L

STAR BANK 11H

$50/STRAW

qualified for canada

Spots ‘N Sprouts Speckle Park

River Hill Walker 60W

Notta Pho-Finish 54P

$80/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

river hill farm

+61 420 548 299 - ADMIN@WARATAHSPECKLEPARK.COM

306-893-4096 - JHERBERT@SASKTEL.NET

780-205-2478 - RIVERHILLFARM@HOTMAIL.COM

Codiak Norseman RKW 38N

P.A.R. PAPA RAZZI 6P

Codiak Putnam GNK 61Y

C1S-PT (93.8%) 1APR2013 RKW 38N

C3D-PT (93.8%) 26FEB2004 PAR 6P

[CAN]3779-PB 2JUN2011 GNK 61Y

bw: 82lbs wwt: 662lbs mwt: 1900lbs scrotal: 36cm

bw: 75lbs mature wt: 2314lbs scrotal: 40cm

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P.A.R. IMPACT 11G •

CODIAK PRAIRIE FIRE RKW 14J CODIAK FANCY 1F •

• P.A.R. LITTLE EDDIE II 93E

PRAIRIE HILL GEM 38G

• PRAIRIE HILL DANDY 2E

$30/STRAW

qualified for canada, united states, australia

Spots ‘N Sprouts Speckle Park

306-893-4096 - JHERBERT@SASKTEL.NET WWW.SPOTSNSPROUTSSPECKLEPARK.COM

WWW.SPOTSNSPROUTSSPECKLEPARK.COM

P.A.R. King Pin 1K •

P.A.R. Mr. Powerstroke 4M Aspen Acres Kaaba Kin 4K •

• P.A.R. Kismit 10K

Monalisa of P.A.R. 6M • Double RR Angel 86’88

$15/STRAW

qualified for canada, united states, australia

p.a.r. ranch

306-823-4794 - PAR.RANCH@SASKTEL.NET WWW.PARRANCH.CA

SEE PAGE 7 FOR AD

bw: 79lbs CODIAK PHLEP GNK 3P •

CODIAK OSCAR GNK 8S

CODIAK MATEUSA RKW 63M •

• FLATLAKE BUZZ 60K

NORTHERN LIGHTS 14N • CODIAK KLIPSO RKW 31K

$50/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

codiak acres

780-998-5483 - CODIAK@ALBERTACOM.COM SEE OUTSIDE BACK COVER FOR AD


2 0 1 6 I N T E R N AT I O N A L S P E C K L E PA R K S E M E N D I R E C T O RY

P.A.R. ROLLIN STONE 01R

River Hill 68L Striker 50U

P.A.R. Throttle 66T

[CAN]2158-FS 26MAR2005 PAR 01R

[CAN]2750-PT (93.8%) 6APR2008 BED50U

[CAN]2705-PB 25MAR2007 PAR 66T

bw: 78lbs wwt: 630lbs ywt: 1120lbs scrotal: 41cm

bw: 86lbs 205d: 728lbs 365d: 1194lbs scrotal: 42cm

P.A.R. Freedom II 54H •

P.A.R. King Pin 1K pride of p.a.r. 1g •

• Al-Ann-Evan 25X

Aspen Acres 01B •Aspen Acres 1R

$35/STRAW

qualified for canada, european union

p.a.r. ranch

Spots ’N Sprouts Juno 103j •

STAR BANK LACERTA 68L Star Bank 55H •

• Prairie Hill Masterplan 97G

Prairie Hill Nabob 50N • Prairie Hill Kerry 10K

$40/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

river hill farm

bw: 74lbs mwt: 2465lbs scrotal: 41cm P.A.R. Mr Powerstroke 4M •

P.A.R. Papa Razzi 6P Monalisa Of P.A.R. 6M •

• Rob’N Son’s Farms 9M

Rob’N Son’s Farms 6P • Prairie Hill Minus 68M

$15/STRAW

qualified for canada, united states, australia

mx ranch / p.a.r. ranch

306-823-4794 - PAR.RANCH@SASKTEL.NET

780-205-2478 - RIVERHILLFARM@HOTMAIL.COM SEE PAGE 7 FOR AD

WWW.MXRANCH.CA / WWW.PARRANCH.CA

River Hill Traffic Jam 26T

Aspen Acres TNT 4Y

HS Untapped 3A

[CAN]2538-PB 21FEB2007 BED 26T

[CAN]QQ-PT (93.8%) 3APR89 EWS 4Y

[CAN]4742-PB 9APR2013 HSF 3A

bw: 78lbs 205d: 656lbs 365d: 1076lbs scrotal: 38.5cm

bw: 78lbs mature wt: 2340lbs

bw: 93lbs 205d: 710lbs 365d: 1290lbs scrotal: 39cm

SEE PAGE 29 FOR AD

HWY. 4 Speckle Park 20J •

A & W Joey 55P

Triple A Thunderett 55J •

• Codiak Hamlet 37H

Calamasue 26R • Calamasue 2M

$50/STRAW MINIMUM 5

NORTON •

SPOTS n SPROUTS DYNAMITE 23T TAG# 92 •

• PUSSY CAT 11

ASPEN ACRES 4U • COW #69

$35/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

qualified for canada, united states, australia

river hill farm

Ed Smith / Par Ranch / Spots ‘N Sprouts

WWW.RIVERHILL.CA

COMMERCIAL PRICING AVAILABLE

780-205-2478 - RIVERHILLFARM@HOTMAIL.COM

306-823-7209 - MXRANCH@LIVE.CA

belmoral’s special 99h •

a & w 15R

triple a gem 15g •

• P.A.R. Rilley 2R

Notta Pretender 4T • Notta Pretender 64P

$100/STRAW MINIMUM 5 qualified for canada, australia

johner stock farm / holtby farms

306-823-4794 - PAR.RANCH@SASKTEL.NET

306-893-2714 - JSFBULLS@HOTMAL.COM

River Hill 26T Walker 60W

Spots ‘N Sprouts Wampum 102W

River Hill Yager 99Y

[CAN]2967-PB 16FEB2009 BED 60W

[CAN]3103-PB 27MAR2009 JKH 102W

[CAN]3517-PB 21APR2011 BED 99Y

bw: 90lbs 205d: 698lbs 365d: 1286lbs scrotal: 40cm

bw: 80lbs scrotal: 35cm

bw: 82lbs 205d: 692lbs 365d: 1074lbs scrotal: 37cm

A & W Joey 55P •

River Hill Traffic Jam 26T Calamasue 26R •

• P.A.R. Moo Fassa 03M

River Hill Show Me Off 60S • River Hill Snap Shot 60M

$60/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

river hill farm

780-205-2478 - RIVERHILLFARM@HOTMAIL.COM SEE PAGE 7 FOR AD

Codiak Prairie Fire •

Codiak Norseman RKW 38N Prairie Hill Gem 38G •

• Aspen Acres Nobleman 3N

Spots ‘N Sprouts 2S • Lakeview Penelope 5P

$40/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

Spots ‘N Sprouts Speckle Park

306-893-4096 - JHERBERT@SASKTEL.NET WWW.SPOTSNSPROUTSSPECKLEPARK.COM

WWW.JOHNERSTOCKFARM.NET

A & W Joey 55P •

• P.A.R. Hemorrhoid 25H

River Hill Traffic Jam 26T

Prairie Hill Heartbreaker 99L

Calamasue 26R •

• Prairie Hill Fancy Pants 93J

$50/STRAW MINIMUM 5

qualified for canada, united states, australia

river hill farm / codiak acres

780-205-2478 - RIVERHILLFARM@HOTMAIL.COM SEE PAGES 7, OBC FOR ADS


why buy

a registered bull? P A P E R S

Though cattle producers don’t buy on pedigree alone,

there are many reasons to insist that a Canadian Speckle Park Association transferred registration certificate accompany your investment in a Speckle Park bull. Identification.

The registration certificate contains the identification of the bull you’ve purchased: the tattoo number and its placement, the colour pattern, the DNA Case File number and the CCIA tag number if it was submitted at the time of registration.

Verification. The Canadian Speckle Park Association certificate of registration verifies the authenticity of your purchase – Speckle Park genetics and in what concentration. The registration confirms that you’ve bought a registered Speckle Park and that you are the owner of that animal.

Accuracy of the Pedigrees.

All Speckle Park registered with the Canadian Speckle Park Association must qualify against their sire by a DNA test before they are eligible for registration. Currently, every Speckle Park animal qualifies against the sire, and as the registration continues in a few years they will

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also be qualified against their dams. Speckle Park is the only Canadian beef breed that requires this DNA testing of every animal prior to registration. Accuracy of the pedigree is essential in order to select seedstock so as to increase your herd’s performance based on your records of genetics and performance.

Performance.

Knowing your bull’s pedigree in detail will help make informed decisions about the selection of your next Speckle Park bull so as to select genetics for maximum performance and avoid excessive in-breeding on your retained females. Your bull’s pedigree and your production and performance records will help make profitability possible.

Resale Value.

Speckle Park bulls are known for their longevity. Many have served in several herds in their lifetime. Your possession of the registration certificate verifies the identity of your offering and helps you with the description of the bull you’re offering for sale. Not possessing the registration certificate will automatically eliminate any purebred breeders from your potential market.

It’s Canadian Law.

Canada’s Animal Pedigree Act sets the rules and standards by which purebred cattle are registered and sold. The Act specifies that any animal represented as purebred or percentage of a specific breed must be permanently identified by tattoo and be registered with the appropriate breed association. The Act further stipulates that the seller must present the buyer with the original of the registration certificate with the buyer listed as the new owner. This is the buyer’s right and the seller’s responsibility. SPJ


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Austraia’s Fnest

Dale Humphries

Phone: 0429 360 419 | Email: dale@wattlegrovespecklepark.com.au

www.wattlegrovespecklepark.com.au


TESTIMONIAL

“We bought our Speckle Park cows in the fall of 2005 out of the Bill Sage dispersal, as my sister had fallen in love with the breed for their unique colour patterns. Both cows were bred Speckle Park when we bought them, and both ended up having bull calves that we steered to become her last 4-H project. Her steer had a great run being named Champion Steer at the Strathcona Country Classic and also taking home the Champion Steer award at the Stony Plain and District 4-H Show. Both steers went on to Calgary Stampede where my sister’s steer was third in his class, and the other steer placed third overall in the carcass competition. One cow was a great producer for us, being bred Simmental every year that she remained here. She had bulls make our annual bull sale both in 2011 and 2013, and her 2010-born female is still actively producing in our herd. We thought the Speckle Park cows crossed well with our Simmentals; the progeny always preformed well against our straight-bred cattle. We liked that the Speckle cows where a touch smaller frame size, while still being very deep ribbed. We found they milked great and had sound udders, and were very correct in their structure. The Speckle cross sure didn’t hurt our half-blood program and added a bit of color along the way!” Jordan Buba, Lewis Farms - Spruce Grove, Alta.


RIGHT:

Charolais-cross cow with Speckle Park-sired steer calf.

CSPA

photo by Natalie Jackman, courtesy of the Canadian Speckle Park Association

newsbytes

Speckle Park calves were reported topping the market across Canada in the fall run of 2015. On October 19, at Veteran, Alta., approximately 350 Speckle Park-influence feeders were sold. The averages on reported steers were 625 pounds at $2.75 per pound; heifers averaged 581 pounds and sold for an average of $2.94 per pound. Topping the sale was a group of 13 heifers at 645 pounds that sold for $3.85 per pound. The pre-sort sale at Lloydminster, Sask., on November 11, saw 301 head of Speckle Park through the ring. They brought higher prices in the averages for every weight class except one, in which they were at par. The differential was as much as 44 cents per pound in the lightest weight of steers.

2015 feeder calves top market

LOT HEAD SEX BREED AVG. WEIGHT PRICE/CWT

1 2 3 4 5 6

13 50 51 48 27 11

STRS SPEC 396 STRS SPEC 465 STRS SPEC 533 STRS SPEC 582 STRS SPEC 665 STRS SPEC 739

$364.00 $312.00 $276.25 $251.25 $246.25 $231.75

TOTAL

200

STRS

79 80 81 82

39 40 13 9

HFRS SPEC 389 HFRS SPEC 503 HFRS SPEC 589 HFRS SPEC 665

TOTAL 101

$277.50 $276.00 $260.00 $253.50

AVG. OTHER BREEDS BY CWT

$320.00 $293.66 $254.24 $254.24 $235.61 $231.85

$245.00 $255.56 $222.99 $221.63

HFRS

On November 21, at Denfield, Ontario, a lot of 13 Speckle Park-influence steers averaging 567 pounds sold for $304.50 per pound. For additional details, see the “news” section on the CSPA website at www.canadianspecklepark.ca. T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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Andrew & Christine Metcalfe THAMESFORD, ON telephone 519-285-3675 cell 519-521-8761 email andchrisfarms@hotmail.com

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Ken Stanley & Rita, Lilly, Eme Artemenko

Box 5922, Westlock, AB T7P 2P7

TEL

780-349-4840

EMAIL

sunriseranch2@gmail.com

BULLS FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY • ANNUAL QUARTER HORSE SALE SEPT 17

CALL FOR PRICING SEMEN AVAILABLE ON ALL BULLS, INCLUDING

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COMMERCIAL & REGISTERED SPECKLE PARK

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Cover Girl of PAR 57C

SELLING C 55 PAR Casanova

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2016 Speckle Park Journal - Bull Issue  

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

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