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The “Breeding Book” edition of The Speckle Park Journal presents a breadth of options for acquiring Speckle Park genetics for your breeding program – commercial or purebred, both privately and at public auction. Here are the future herd sires, AI sires, and embryo matings that will drive the breed, and your own program, forward. 2016 was another exceptional year for Speckle Park in Canada, as demonstrated by increases in registrations, transfers, and memberships in the Canadian Speckle Park Association. Individual Speckle Park registrations rose to 956 from the previous record of 752 in 2015. Transfers of ownership grew 33.6 percent for the same period. The Association’s membership has now risen to 165 as new breeders take up Speckle Park. Though exact numbers are not available, every indication points to exports of semen and embryos having also continued at an increased pace. One detail deserves special comment – a full 14 percent of the Speckle Park calves registered in 2016 were conceived by embryo transfer. This reflects an increase of 3 percent over the previous year. Embryo transfer and artificial insemination are both excellent ways to increase your herd numbers and quality, and to incorporate new genetics. Every year, Speckle Park gain more extensive use among cow-calf producers in Canada – both west and east – as well as
internationally. There are now four Speckle Park-influenced feeder sales to market calves and feeders. We’ve also heard many auction markets have standing orders for Speckle females. Feedlot operators recognize the benefits of Speckle Park feed efficiency and marbling, and actively seek Speckle Park-influenced cattle, particularly to target for quality-based grids and branded beef programs. As breeders, it is our mission to continue to improve the genetics available for both seedstock and commercial users. Of course, it’s only possible to manage what is measured, and so it is critical we employ best management practices as it relates to data collection, evaluation, and subsequent culling of individuals that don’t make the grade. Evaluation also identifies of truly superior genetics – those that excel in traits of economic importance to the beef industry. However, balance is the key when it comes to selection, and as all of the phenotypic, performance, pedigree, and genomic information available is weighted, we strive to find the animal(s) that best compliment our own herd’s strengths and weaknesses, without slipping into singletrait selection. Enjoy the view in this issue of The Journal! May your selection of Speckle Park genetics give you great success in your breeding program and increase your profits.
Rod Remin, Business Manager CAN ADI AN SP EC KLE PAR K ASSO C I ATI O N
Joseph Stookey DIRECTORS
Barry Ducherer, Rod Remin, Josh Vogel, Andrew Metcalfe A N D Wade Meakin
CANADIAN SPECKLE PARK ASSOCIATION
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Published on Mar 6, 2017
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