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“We cannot accomplish all that we need to do without working together.” - BILL RICHARDSON When I sit down to write this column, I often feel as though I’m repeating myself. Speckle Park continually gain popularity and achieve accolades in an ever-increasing number of countries. This humble Canadian breed has become an international sensation, thanks to the hard work of many passionate people. Yet, there is still so much opportunity for a young breed to realize, and in cattle breeding – as in business – if we’re not continually monitoring the needs of our customer, we risk falling behind in market share. What differentiates our product in the marketplace? What are competitors offering customers that we may not be? What tools do buyers and breeders need in order to make informed decisions for their own herds? What services are customers looking for? What will set this breed on a path for long-term, sustainable success? Often, the answers aren’t necessarily new; sometimes we need simply to evaluate what the leaders in our industry are doing, and do it even better. There is a wealth of knowledge to be gained from those who have risen to the top, be they in Speckle Park or another breed, and cattle people are most always happy to share their expertise. So, with this “Herd Reference” issue, I challenge each of you to look for the opportunities ‘in your own barn,’ as well as identifying areas for potential improvement in the global Speckle Park herd. Then, let’s work together to make this breed the first choice of beef producers the world over. Sincerely, Laura Bodell

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This “Herd Reference” edition of The Speckle Park Journal continues to celebrate the growth and successes of the Canadiancreated breed of cattle. Speckle Park are truly becoming Canadian; 2017 has seen real expansion in the breed’s distribution across the country. The growth in Ontario has been particularly significant, as at this time the membership is approaching 30 and all are active breeders. For the first time in the association’s history, we have welcomed a new member in Quebec, hence this column is now translated into Canada’s other official language. Cattle have also been reintroduced this year to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Interest is increasing in Manitoba and British Columbia as well. The CSPA board of directors has also welcomed greater nation-wide representation. Our newest president, Andrew Metcalfe, hails from Ingersoll, Ontario, and one of the newest directors is Ken Friesen from Abbotsford, British Columbia. Both of these directors bring more than their postal code to the collection of skills and experience constituted by the collective of the association’s board. Mark your calendars for the association’s next annual general meeting, taking place in June 2018 at Cambridge, Ont. To further advance the quality and consistency of Speckle Park genetics,

the association’s directors determined to sponsor an initiative designed to encourage breeders to use DNA testing to evaluate their breeding stock in terms of three genetic conditions. The purpose of the program is twofold: to assess the frequency of these conditions within the breed itself and to help breeders know their cattle better so that they can make more informed decisions in their breeding programs. Ultimately, this is all about supplying cattle producers with the kind of profitable genetics that they demand. The CSPA program, working in conjunction with Delta Genomics, offers financial incentives to breeders who do the testing. The details of the program are readily available on the CSPA website in the Member Centre. This issue of the Journal features two articles that are of particular importance to marketing Speckle Park. One deals with the why and how of establishing Speckle Park-influenced feeder sales. There are now at least three such sales in Western Canada. Anyone selling Speckle Park bulls needs to help their commercial customers find and develop marketing avenues for their Speckle Park-influenced feeders. The second of the articles presents a summary of the data that is the basis of the Speckle Park’s fame for carcass quality and some suggestions for next steps in testing.

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L E C O I N D E L’A S S O C I A T I O N Cette édition du Journal Speckle Park « Référence de troupeau » continue de célébrer la croissance et le succès de cette race bovine créée au Canada. Le Speckle Park devient véritablement canadien puisque en 2017 la race a connu une expansion à travers le pays. La croissance en Ontario a été particulièrement importante, avec presque 30 membres actifs actuellement. Pour la première fois dans l’histoire de l’association, nous avons accueilli un nouveau membre au Québec. Donc à partir de maintenant cette rubrique sera traduite en français pour refléter les deux langues officielles. Les bovins Speckle Park ont également été réintroduits cette année à l’île du Prince Édouard et en Nouvelle-Écosse. De plus, l’intérêt est en croissance au Manitoba et en Colombie-Britannique. Le Conseil d’administration de l’ACSP accueille également une plus grande représentation à l’échelle nationale. Notre nouveau Président, Andrew Metcalfe, est originaire de Ingersoll (Ontario), et un des nouveaux directeurs, Ken Friesen vient d’Abbotsford, en Colombie-Britannique. Ces deux administrateurs apportent beaucoup plus que la diversité de leur code postal aux compétences et à l’expérience collectives du Conseil d’administration de l’association. Marquez vos calendriers pour la prochaine Assemblée générale annuelle de l’association, qui aura lieu en juin 2018 à Cambridge, en Ontario. En but de progresser davantage la qualité et la cohérence de la génétique des Speckle Park, le Conseil d’administration de l’association a décidé de parrainer une

initiative visant à encourager les éleveurs à utiliser des tests d’ADN pour évaluer leur cheptel reproducteur en ce qui concerne les trois conditions génétiques. L’objectif du programme est à double fins: de un - évaluer la fréquence de ces conditions au sein de la race elle-même et de deux - à aider les éleveurs à mieux connaitre leur bétail afin qu’ils puissent prendre des décisions plus informées pour leurs programmes de sélection. En fin de compte, le but ultime est de fournir de la génétique rentable exigée par les producteurs de bovins. Le programme de l’ACSP, en collaboration avec Delta Genomics (laboratoire), offre des incitatifs monétaires aux éleveurs qui feront tester leurs animaux. Les détails du programme sont affichés sur le site web de l’ACSP. Ce numéro de la revue contient deux articles qui reposent sur une importance particulière à la commercialisation des animaux Speckle Park. Le première traite le pourquoi et le comment de l’établissement de ventes veaux commerciaux à influence Speckle Park. Il y a maintenant au moins trois de ces ventes dans l’Ouest canadien. Toute personne qui vend des taureaux Speckle Park se doit d’aider leurs clients commerciaux, à trouver et à développer des avenues de commercialisation pour leurs veaux d’embouche de génétique S p e c k l e Pa r k . L e s e c o n d a r t i c l e d’importance présente un résumé des données qui est la base de la renommée de la race au niveau de la qualité de carcasse et inclue quelques suggestions pour les prochaines étapes du testage.

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New CSPA President Andrew Metcalfe on his journey with Speckle Park cattle, and the breed’s promising future in Canada.

a new chapter There’s no doubt the presence of the Speckle Park breed is growing across Canada. This rise in popularity, especially in Eastern Canada as of late, is exactly what Andrew Metcalfe wants to see. Metcalfe, who is originally from the Lancashire-Yorkshire border region of the United Kingdom, comes from a dairy production background. He arrived in Canada with his family in 1992 and they ran a dairy farm in Ontario before selling their herd in 1999. “We missed having cattle around, so we started in the beef cattle,” says Metcalfe. He and his wife Christine purchased their first Simmental females, and over time their herd grew to around 70 head. It was at Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Sask., that Metcalfe was first introduced to the Speckle Park breed. “They kind of caught our eye, and then a friend got talking about Speckle Park, and I bought some embryos for

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him in 2011 at the Speckle Park sale at Agribition. In 2012, he asked me if I would partner with him on an animal, so we bought a bred heifer in the Agribition sale,” he explains. “The following year, we bought another one, and we’ve been increasing ever since.” Today, the Metcalfes run Andchris Farms at Zorra, Ont., with a herd of around 50 head of purebred Speckle Park females. They also have about 25 Simmental, some of which are now used as recipients for Speckle Park embryos. These cows have also been used for crossbreeding purposes. “The last three years we’ve bred them Speckle Park, with very impressive results,” Metcalfe notes. He anticipates that within the next few years, their herd will be comprised entirely of Speckle Park females. It hasn’t taken long for Metcalfe’s herd to find the spotlight in Canada. In 2016, a bred heifer raised and consigned


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by Andchris Farms was one of the topselling lots at Agribition’s Canadian National Speckle Park Sale. “That was our first year at Agribition, and all the breeders came around and looked, and commented on what a good heifer she was,” Metcalfe recalls, noting that he was especially happy with the praise from the Western Canadian breeders at the sale. “When she went in the sale ring, making the price that she did, it just reinforced what they’d been saying. I was quite proud, to be honest.” In fact, Metcalfe considers this to be his highest achievement as a Speckle Park breeder thus far. “We’re going to Agribition again this year, and hopefully we can have similar results, but that’s got to be the greatest success,” he says. “I was proud of the comments from all the other breeders more than anything.” It’s not just in the sale ring that their cattle are receiving attention. Their granddaughter, Brooklynn Metcalfe, has found success exhibiting Speckle Park heifers at junior shows across Ontario. For her

“I hope to … keep moving the breed forward, not just in Ontario, but across Canada,” he says. The growing global interest in Canadian Speckle Park genetics is something he’s particularly enthusiastic about. “There’s now a lot of interest coming from the United States. There’s always been a lot of interest from Australia, and even more interest in the U.K. now.” K E E P I N G I T I N T H E FA M I LY

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grandfather, Brooklyn’s show circuit achievements also demonstrate the rising interest in the breed. “When she started … there were very few Speckle Park cattle in Ontario being shown,” recalls Metcalfe. “Maybe two or three in a show, but now it’s growing in leaps and bounds.” For example, he points to the Junior Beef Expo, which takes place each March at London, Ont. “There were always three or four animals. Last year, I think there were twelve Speckle Park there,” says Metcalfe. “It’s nice to see that the animals are creating interest for the show people.” Another example of this growth, he says, can be seen at the Speckle Park show now in its second year at the Paris Agricultural Fair in Paris, Ont.; more than 50 head were exhibited this year. Metcalfe is relatively new to exhibiting cattle, and finds that this exposure is particularly valuable for a younger breed. “I’ve never shown animals before in my life until my granddaughter started showing, so I’m not really a show person,” he admits, “but I think to get the breed seen and people looking at it, showing offers some great exposure.” His interest in advancing the breed led him to the Canadian Speckle Park Association’s board of directors. Metcalfe first became involved with the CSPA board three years ago, when he was asked to join the board as member at large. “I thought it was a great honour that they’d asked me, and then the following year they asked me again.” He is no stranger to working in organizations that represent cattle producers, having been a director with the Oxford County Cattlemen’s Association for 15 years and serving as president. Encouraged by the growth of the Speckle Park breed in his home province, Metcalfe ran for a full director position with the CSPA, starting a three-year term in 2016. Metcalfe was voted CSPA president this year, and aims to use this position to further the development of the breed. For several years, he has helped promote Speckle Park at events such as the Beef Farmers of Ontario and the Ontario Cattle Feeders Association annual general meetings. In mid-September, Metcalfe was looking forward to representing the breed with a CSPA booth at Canada’s Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock, Ont. “We have live animals there, which I think has helped tremendously with the breed,” he notes. “There are still a lot of people that don’t


know what Speckle Park are, but they’re getting less all the time.” “I hope to … keep moving the breed forward, not just in Ontario, but across Canada,” he says. The growing global interest in Canadian Speckle Park genetics is something he’s particularly enthusiastic about. “There’s now a lot of interest coming from the United States. There’s always been a lot of interest from Australia, and even more interest in the U.K. now.” As CSPA president, Metcalfe is currently working to plan the association’s 2018 annual general meeting, which will take place in Ontario for the first time. “We’re really looking forward to it,” he says. Some breeders have not been to Ontario, he adds, and indicated that visiting herds would be a valuable component of the AGM. “We’re going to try to accommodate that by having a day of farm tours in southwest Ontario, where we figure we can probably do six to eight breeders in that day because of the close proximities.” As the breed continues to grow in popularity across Canada, Metcalfe is hopeful that Speckle Park producers will work together and continue to focus on producing and promoting high-quality genetics. “I don’t know if the breed has any challenges, as long as the breeders continue to look at what they’ve got, improve what they’ve got, and be very strict on their culling,” he states. Beyond our borders, he continues, is where the breed’s most profitable opportunities await. “The greatest opportunities are the growth outside of Canada. It’s creating more and more interest. If you go on Facebook, there are breeders from all over the world asking about [Canadian Speckle Park cattle],” he says. “I think that’s the biggest opportunity, that people see what the breed can do, and it’s just going to grow all over the world.” Closer to home, Metcalfe anticipates the breed thriving in Ontario’s grassfed beef market, which is continually receiving more attention. “I think the Speckle Park breed will play a large part in that eventually,” he predicts. “It’s an ideally suited animal to the grassfed system, with the ability to create marbling off pasture and hay without having to feed grain to them.” In its ability to meet the desires of both local consumers and international beef producers, Metcalfe also feels that the Speckle Park breed is ready to play

an increasingly important role within the Canadian beef industry, one that could be very valuable to breeders. “I think with good promotion and good breeding, Speckle Park will play a big part in not just the purebred [sector] but in the commercial side of the beef industry,” he explains. “I’ve seen a lot of what the Speckle Park bulls do on the Simmental cows. They’re just tremendous calves, so I think that’s a big part of where we need to go to expand the breed into the commercial field … It’s growing, and I think that’s an area where we’ll see big growth in the future.” SPJ

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With the growing popularity of the Speckle Park breed, commercial cattlemen and feedlots are looking at the breed’s maternal and carcass merits. To provide opportunity for these buyers to access larger groups of cattle, breeders across Canada are working together to host special sales that also help merchandise their bull customers’ Speckle-influenced feeder calves. Cal Hansen, a Speckle Park breeder from Alberta, has a decade of experience in selling Speckle-influenced calves at auction marts. Ten years ago, Hansen organized his first Speckle Park feeder calf sale, and he says it has been an incredible way to promote the breed and capture a premium on sale day. “By hosting a special sale that highlights the breed, we’re able to advertise to buyers who are specifically looking for Speckle Park genetics,” said Hansen. “There are buyers and feeders who know exactly how these calves perform, and when you have a whole bunch of Speckle Park calves for sale in one place, it really draws folks in who are interested in the cattle and are willing to bid against each other.”

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With the next sale scheduled for Oct. 19, 2017, at Dryland Cattle Trading Corp. in Veteran, Alberta, Hansen says working with other breeders and enlisting the Canadian Speckle Park Association to help advertise the event has paid off. Looking at previous sales held at this location, in 2015, 350 head of Speckle Park feeder calves were offered. Based on 240 head from two consignors, 136 steers averaged 625 lb and sold for $2.75/lb, and 104 heifers averaged 581 lb and sold for $2.94/lb. A high-selling group of 13 heifer calves brought $3.85/lb on a 645 lb average. “ Last year, there were 700 Speckle Park calves and 1,500 Charolais-influenced calves offered on sale day,” said Hansen. “The Speckle Park calves outsold the other calves by a dime. The key for us has been reaching out to interested commercial cattlemen and feeders, and getting them in the stands on sale day.” “Hansen has done a great job of promoting the breed over the years, and his sale has helped to establish a good

With the growing demand, it made sense to establish a Speckle Park feeder calf sale at the auction mart where we can help our customers earn a premium for their Speckleinfluenced calves.

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price for Speckle Park calves,” said Rod Remin, CSPA business manager. “I see this trend growing to where breeders not only sell their own calves at a sale, but they are also able to buy calves back from their bull customers that are also featured as part of future Speckle Park feeder calf sales.” Another breeder who has worked hard to market the breed and attract a large group of Speckle Park feeders calves to sell is Josh Vogel, of Legacy Speckle Park in Theodore, Sask. “In the last five or six years, the popularity of the breed has really taken off with commercial cattlemen,” said Vogel. “We are slowly selling more bulls around here, and there are commercial operations that are starting to have some Speckle-influenced calves to sell.With the growing demand, it made sense to establish a Speckle Park feeder calf sale at the auction mart where we can help our customers earn a premium for their Speckle-influenced calves.”

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have a market and a manager who believes in the cattle and the breed find enough cattle to go through the ring on sale day (100-150 is a good start)

be professional and confident in your product (so commercial cattlemen grow to appreciate the breed as well)

Vogel organized the first sale on March 1, 2017, at Heartland Livestock Services in Yorkton, Sask. He worked with other consignors to offer 184 Speckle Park feeder calves, which were pre-sorted into eight lots at the sale. There were 103 steers and 81 heifers, with a total of 2,549 head sold through the auction mart the day of the Speckle Park sale. Remin reports that the average price of the eight lots was $185.50/cwt, with calves weighing an average of 556 lb. The average price per pound on all 184 head of Speckle Park was $1.82/lb, which was 12 cents higher than the average of $1.70/lb calculated for the total of all the calves sold that day. “Vogel is a great example of a Speckle Park member who went about this the right way,” says Remin. “He exercised his own initiative to build relationships with the auction mart, with other breeders and commercial cattlemen who consigned to the sale, and with prospective buyers. He made sure to tap his network to ensure that there were interested customers in the stand on sale day, and it paid off.” For Vogel, the key to a successful sale is three-fold. “First, breeders need to have a market and a manager who believes in the cattle and the breed,” said Vogel. “The staff at Heartland understand our breed and are excited to have us there. “Second, you need to find enough cattle to go through the ring on sale day; 100-150 is a good place to start. And, third, it’s important to be professional and confident in your product, so commercial cattlemen grow to appreciate the breed as well.” Creating an outlet for bull users to sell their Speckleinfluenced feeder calves at a premium makes special breed sales like those hosted by Hansen and Vogel a great customer service tool. “I’m so excited about what these breeders are doing to promote Speckle Park cattle,” said Remin. “The association is happy to promote sales like these and help identify potential buyers in the area, but it’s the breeders who will have to take the initiative to organize the event and put a group of calves together. The breed has developed a great reputation for carcass traits, and feedlots want them. Now it’s up to our breeders to reach out to these buyers and capitalize on this growing demand.” SPJ

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Western Feedlots Ltd. recently released data on a total of 157 steers and 93 heifers that were brought on feed the fall of 2015 and harvested through the summer of 2016. Additionally, information is considered from a total of 72 Speckle Parkinfluenced steers and heifers entered in the Quality Beef Competition at the Calgary Stampede, from the years 2010 to 2015. The total number of animals in this sample is 322 head. The genetic composition of this group of 322 head is a mixture of Speckle Park-influenced calves and includes a


S P E C K L E PA R K - I N F L U E N C E D S T E E R S A N D H E I F E R S I N C A L G A R Y S TA M P E D E Q U A L I T Y B E E F C O M P E T I T I O N

Total number of animals

Percentage graded AAA or Prime Average REA

Average Fat Cover Thickness Average Hot Carcass Weight

CALGARY STAMPEDE

76 75% 92.8 sq.cm 11 mm 757 lb

QUALITY

BEEF COMPETITION 2010-2015

few purebred Speckle Park. Most of the influence came from unidentified Speckle Park sires; the dams of these calves are primarily commercial females with a wide variety of Western Canadian beef genetics. The feedlot calves were randomly selected in as much as Western’s buyers directly bought calves offered by commercial cow/ calf producers and from Speckle Park seedstock breeders.The steers and heifers in the Beef Quality Competition were subject to no more selection pressure than that typically applied to the selection of 4-H projects... CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

Over the six-year period from 2010 to 2015, a total of 76 Speckle Park-influenced steers and heifers were entered in the Calgary Stampede Quality Beef Competition that takes place in conjunction with the UFA Steer Classic. As a total group they posted an average hot carcass weight of 747 lb (339.5 kg.), 75 percent graded Canada’s AAA (comparable to USDA Choice) with an average rib eye area of 92.8 sq.cm. (14.4 sq.in.) and average fat cover of 11 mm. To place all of these numbers in perspective, it might be helpful to know that the Quality Beef Competition was judged on the quality criteria typical of the boxed beef industry. The ideal ranges are: a 700-800 lb hot carcass weight, a REA between 85 and 95 sq.cm., and a fat cover of 4 mm. Quality grade, of course, speaks for itself. In the six years of this competition, only five carcasses in total graded Prime – two of those were Speckle Parkinfluenced entries. There was one outlier of particular note, in 2015; the steer exhibited a very large REA of 104 sq.cm., a quality grade of AAA40, a back fat measurement of only 5 mm, and weight of 672.6 lb. This particular carcass was penalized in two areas: having too low of a weight and too large of a REA for this sort of competition. The quality grade with minimal back fat and large REA were hallmarks of the Speckle Park carcasses in the Quality Beef Competition.

T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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CARCASSQUALITY

FROM PAGE 23 ...and the few entries from Speckle Park breeders. All animals in these groups are included in the calculation of the following statistics. The outliers were not eliminated; the highest and the lowest measuring carcasses are included. This is the first published summary of the numbers from the Speckle Park fed at Western Feedlots. CONTINUED

information is always good, more information is better. There are three directions Speckle Park need to go; three kinds of information are needed to continue to move the breed forward. 1) The carcass data from these sources is consistent in terms of quality grades, REA, fat cover and weights. However, the sample thus far is only 322 head in total. For the

sake of credibility, these statistics need to be based on a larger sample. More data will be beneficial, but to go forward Speckle Park need performance information. 2) Lifecycle group performance information is critical in order to attract feeders and their investors to put their resources behind Speckle Park cattle. Performance attracts people’s attention but brings with it many variables such as feedlot management, type of feed (barley, corn, or other), climate (east versus west), and even the demands of the market buying the finished product. Performance information – more of it, lots of it – is necessary to establish consistent indicators from all of this diversity. Genetics is another variable contributing to performance, which brings us to… 3) Genetic information is the next step. Sire selection is the point. Sire selection is the most direct road to improve the level of

SUMMARY OF THE RESULTS AT WESTERN FEEDLOTS

Total number of animals Percentage graded AAA or Prime* Average REA (sq.cm.) Average Marbling Score Average Fat Cover Thickness (mm) Average Hot Carcass Weight (lb) Average Adjusted Live Weight (lb) Average Entry Weight (lb) Average Yield Grade (1-5)

S T E E R S

H E I F E R S

157 75% 97.2 425 12.2 871.8 1453 641 2.1

93 93.4% 91.0 522.2 17.8 799.3 1303 551 2.9

S T E E R S

H E I F E R S

TWO LIFECYCLE GROUPS AT WESTERN FEEDLOTS

LCG number of head Average days on feed Initial weight (lb) Final live weight (lb) Live weight gain (lb) Carcass weight (lb) Dressing percentage Days on feed Live weight ADG (lb/day)

157 253.68 628 1418.67 790.65 874.80 62.76 255.36 3.10

Daily dry matter intake (lb/day) Carcass adjusted ADG (lb/day) Carcass adjusted DMG (lb/day)

18.74 3.07 6.11

B I O L O G I C A L

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P E R F O R M A N C E

T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

P E R A M E T E R S

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A L L

93 304.11 541.70 1332.21 790.51 799.33 62.90 305.62 2.59

A N I M A L S

16.81 2.56 6.56

WESTERN FEEDLOT TRIAL

* Some of the steers were harvested in the U.S.; for the purposes of this article, the carcasses grading USDA Choice were considered the equivalent of Canada AAA.

Overall, an outstanding 82 percent of the cattle fed achieved a quality grade of AAA* or Prime. Of note, more than half of the carcasses qualified for branded beef programs such as Sterling Silver, Certified Angus, and Prime Angus. Attention should also be given to the yield grades being well within acceptable range, with marbling being on the premium end of the scale. As processing plants continually struggle with trim waste, this anomaly of Speckle Park genetics holds particular value for the industry. The heifers generally graded much higher than the lower heifer feeder prices typically indicate. This group as a whole has higher live and HCW weights than many have come to expect of Speckle Park, but were certainly within the weight range that feeders and packers prefer at this time.


Speckle Park performance as a breed for the future. Putting potential sires on test was a good way to do this and had its advantages. However, evaluating the sires on the basis of the performance of their progeny has been proven and continues to prove to be the better form of sire evaluation. The most straightforward way to accomplish this is to sire verify the feeders’ cattle on feed and use their performance data to make genetic improvement in Speckle Park. A sire’s potential to move the breed forward can be identified by means of the performance of his sire-verified progeny. More carcass data will be great for Speckle Park and their credibility. More performance data will increase the marketability of Speckle Park feeders in particular. Sire evaluation on the basis of their progeny’s performance will drive the Speckle Park breed forward. SPJ

LIFECYCLE GROUP PERFORMANCE INFORMATION FROM WESTERN FEEDLOTS

The Speckle Park cattle at Western Feedlots were fed as an independent group in their own designated pens for steers and heifers. This data provides a first for Speckle Park feeders in Canada. Previously, this sort of performance data had only been collected for Speckle Park bulls on test. The LCG performance information is illustrative for this particular group of Speckle Park. When studying the numbers, dressing percentage certainly stands out. The ADG compared to DMI would also indicate Speckle Park excel in terms of feed efficiency, offering tremendous value in terms of improving feeding margins. Remember, this group of Speckle Park came into Western as weaned calves, with no backgrounding, and so the number of days on feed is longer than some may expect. Thus, average daily gain is also affected. This particular LCG performance is very specific to this group of Speckle Park, the management of this particular feedlot, and may vary in other contexts depending on environment, type of feed and the particular stage in the animals’ life cycle. T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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NEWSBYTES

newsBYTES

On August 22, 2017, the Canadian Speckle Park Association registered its 8,000th animal. ALPHA MW OF WLCC 12E -[CAN]7298- PB is a leopard-patterned female, bred and owned by Wilder Lake Cattle Co., Steve and Karen Brubacher of Durham, Ont.

CSPA registers th

8,000 speckle park

How did Alpha with the registration number 7298 become the 8,000th SP registered? Remember that in the beginning, bulls were assigned alpha-numeric identification such as “A5R.� There were 702 animals assigned these combinations and others like them. This ended when Canadian Livestock Records Corporation took over managing the Speckle Park Herd Book and switched bulls and females to the same series of numbers.

record-breaking

SALE Notta-Kager 101Y Cadence 221D

$30,000

SOLD FOR

The world record for top-selling Speckle Park female was broken on April 8, 2017, at the Supreme Sale near Neilburg, Sask. Notta-Kager 101Y Cadence 221D, a daughter of Six Star 82U Royal Flesh 101Y, was offered for sale by Notta Ranch and Kager Enterprises. She commanded a price of $30,000, with the winning bid placed by Below Sea Level, Ruawai, New Zealand.

feeder calf sales

Several Speckle Park-influenced calf sales are being planned in Canada.

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T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

veteran, alta.

DRYLAND CATTLE TRADING CORP.

OCT

19 2017

lloydminster, alta.

HEARTLAND LIVESTOCK SERVICES

NOV

13 2017

yorkton, sask.

HEARTLAND LIVESTOCK SERVICES

FEB

07 2018


NEWSBYTES

first speckle calf born in holland

September 3, 2017, saw the birth of the first Dutch Speckle Park at Jorieke Westhoff and Stefan van Noordt’s farm in the village of Durgerdam, near Amsterdam. The bull calf named Blackberry Jam was result of an embryo out of Codiak Unique GNK 8R, sired by River Hill Traffic Jam 26T. photo © Jorieke Westhoff

SPECKLE PARK BULL TAKES SUPREME A Speckle Park bull was selected supreme champion over all breeds at the Royal Canberra Show, Canberra, NSW. This historic event marked the first time the breed has won a supreme title. Six Star Premier L14 is the elite bull who accomplished this feat, and is jointly owned by Six Star Speckle Park at Bundanoon, NSW, and Grylls Cattle Company, along with Injazz Farms of Qatar.

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Park Association – 4-H & Juniors” group on Facebook, and share your Speckle Park projects’ stories!


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Dustin MCAleer – 306-228-1498 mcaleerd@hotmail.com

April 3, 2018 – Dryland Trading Corp. Veteran, AB

www.mcaleerranching.com


N AT I O N A L G R A N D C H A M P I O N B U L L

Avery Creek Banjo 01B E X H I B I T E D BY

Codiak Acres

N AT I O N A L R E S E R V E C H A M P I O N B U L L

Ravenworth Invictus 103C E X H I B I T E D BY

Ravenworth Cattle N AT I O N A L G R A N D C H A M P I O N F E M A L E

Notta 101Y Cadence 213C E X H I B I T E D BY

Notta Ranch

N AT I O N A L R E S E R V E C H A M P I O N F E M A L E

Notta 13Z Photo-Finish 208D E X H I B I T E D BY

Notta Ranch

CANADIAN WESTERN

agribition

HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Notta 13Z Photo-Finish 208D EXHIBITED BY Notta

RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

RESERVE JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Notta 13Z Janette 203D EXHIBITED BY Notta EXHIBITED BY Notta EXHIBITED BY Notta

Ranch

Jencrest Yavonna 6Y

EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farms

Ravenworth Western Jewel 116B EXHIBITED BY Colgan’s

RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION

Cattle Company Corp.

Underhill All Out 1D

EXHIBITED BY Underhill

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Stock Farm

Ravenworth Invictus 103C EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch, MX SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

Cattle

P.A.R. Casanova 55C

Ranch, Little Acres, & M Gerlinsky

Avery Creek Banjo 01B

RESERVE SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Codiak Acres

CAJA Zeppelin 1B

EXHIBITED BY INC

D AT E

NOVEMBER 23, 2016

SPECS

JSF Trademark 12D

EXHIBITED BY Johner

T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

Ranch

Notta Kager 101Y Calypso 203C

BULL CALF CHAMPION

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Ranch

Notta 101Y Cadence 213C

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Ranch

Cattle Co.

L O C AT I O N

REGINA, SK JUDGE

TOM WARNYCA MONTMARTRE, SK

SHOW

RESULTS


GRAND CHAMPION BULL

CAJA Zeppelin 1B E X H I B I T E D BY

INC Cattle Co.

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

Colgan’s Dexter D’Angelo 01D E X H I B I T E D BY

Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp. GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Cover Girl of PAR 57C E E X H I B I T E D BY

P.A.R. Ranch

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

Raina of MX 100D E X H I B I T E D BY

MX Ranch

farmfair INTERNATIONAL

HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY MX

Ranch

Raina of MX 100D

RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

River Hill 54Z Disco-Girl 36D

Cover Girl of PAR 57C

RESERVE JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Codiak Acres D AT E

NOVEMBER 9, 2016

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Heartridge BULL CALF CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Colgan’s L O C AT I O N

EDMONTON, AB JUDGE

DAWN WILSON BASHAW, AB

SHOW

RESULTS

Heartridge Amarillo Babe 01A

Ranch

Colgan’s Dexter D’Angelo 01D

Cattle Company Corp.

RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY MX

Ranch

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY McAleer

MX Dirty Deeds 43D

Notta 151A Cause N Effect 309C

Ranch

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch, MX SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY INC

Codiak Come on Over GNK 13C

P.A.R. Casanova 55C

Ranch, Little Acres, & M Gerlinsky

CAJA Zeppelin 1B

Cattle Co.

RESERVE SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Colgan’s

Colgan’s Baxter 1B

Cattle Company Corp

T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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LLOYDMINSTER

stockade ROUNDUP

JUNIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Notta 13Z Photo-Finish 216D EXHIBITED BY Notta

Duchess of PAR 16D

RESERVE JUNIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

I N T E R M E D I AT E H E I F E R C A L F C H A M P I O N

EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

Ravenworth Prairie Lily 103D EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

R E S E R V E I N T E R M E I D AT E H E I F E R C A L F C H A M P I O N

EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

River Hill 60A Cinder 5D EXHIBITED BY River

RESERVE SENIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

RESERVE JUNIOR BRED HEIFER CHAMPION

CAJA Zeppelin 1B E X H I B I T E D BY

INC Cattle Co.

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Jencrest Yavonna 6Y E X H I B I T E D BY

Johner Stock Farm RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

Ravenworth Invictus 103C E X H I B I T E D BY

Ravenworth Cattle RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

Chloe of Uneeda 60C E X H I B I T E D BY

Uneeda Farm

Hill Farm

KFC Photogenic 1D EXHIBITED BY KFC

Farms Ltd.

Chloe of Uneeda 60C

JUNIOR BRED HEIFER CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Uneeda

Farm

Cover Girl of PAR 57C EXHIBITED BY P.A.R. Ranch

Notta Kager 101Y Calypso 203C EXHIBITED BY Notta

RESERVE SENIOR BRED HEIFER CHAMPION

Ranch

River Hill 54Z Cinder 5C

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Cattle

River Hill Fancy De-Lite 93D

SENIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

SENIOR BRED HEIFER CHAMPION

Ranch

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

EXHIBITED BY River

Hill Farm

Jencrest Yavonna 6Y

EXHIBITED BY Johner

Stock Farms

Ravenworth Western Jewel 116B

JUNIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Colgan’s

Notta 13Z Double Down 310D EXHIBITED BY Notta

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

I N T E R M E D I AT E B U L L C A L F C H A M P I O N

Ranch

MX Dirty Deeds 43D EXHIBITED BY MX

Ranch

River Hill 60A Deal Me In 4D EXHIBITED BY River

R E S E R V E I N T E R M E D I AT E B U L L C A L F C H A M P I O N

SENIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

Cattle Company Corp.

Hill Farm

Notta 13Z Diligence 303D EXHIBITED BY Notta

Ranch

Ravenworth Legendary 101D EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

RESERVE SENIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Cattle

Ravenworth Gallant 102D EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

Cattle

Ravenworth Invictus 103C EXHIBITED BY Ravenworth

Cattle

Notta 60W Chief of Staff 1C EXHIBITED BY Notta

SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

RESERVE SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

Ranch

CAJA Zeppelin 1B

EXHIBITED BY INC

Cattle Co.

Redneck JSF Whiskey 4B EXHIBITED BY Johner

D AT E

NOVEMBER 3, 2016

Stock Farm

L O C AT I O N

LLOYDMINSTER, SK JUDGE

KYLE LEWIS SPRUCE GROVE, AB

SHOW

RESULTS


HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

D AT E

Fleetwood Desiree 01D EXHIBITED BY Fleetwood

SEPTEMBER 2, 2017

Farm

RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Underhill France 2C EXHIBITED BY Underhill

L O C AT I O N

PARIS, ON

SPECS

JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Andchris Cleopatra 6C EXHIBITED BY Andchris

JUDGE

Farms

REED CRAWFORD

RESERVE JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

GLENCOE, ON

Andchris Cailyn 7C EXHIBITED BY Andchris

Farms

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Petemar Ride Lilly 5A EXHIBITED BY Petemar

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Petemar Special Edition 2D

Farms

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Legacy Sassafras 97Y EXHIBITED BY Andchris

E X H I B I T E D BY

Farms

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

River Hill Smokeshack 252E

BULL CALF CHAMPION

Underhill All Out 1D EXHIBITED BY Underhill

E X H I B I T E D BY

SPECS

Petemar Special Sassy 4D

Steele Dominator 1D

Speckle Park, Underhill SPECS

E E X H I B I T E D BY

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Watson Land & Livestock Inc

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

River Hill 21A Cost-A-Lot 152C EXHIBITED BY Silver Tip

Underhill SPECS

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION

EXHIBITED BY Steele

Watson Land & Livestock Inc

Speckle Park

paris

Underhill Watch Me 1E E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Underhill SPECS

Notta 13Z Carbon Copy 313C SPECS

FAIR S H O W

photos © Bar n Girls Photography

EXHIBITED BY Underhill

S P E C K L E PA R K

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Underhill All Out 1D E X H I B I T E D BY

Underhill SPECS

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

Steele Dominator 1D E X H I B I T E D BY

Steele Speckle Park, Underhill SPECS

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Fleetwood Desiree 01D E E X H I B I T E D BY

Fleetwood Farm

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

Petemar Ride Lilly 5A E X H I B I T E D BY

Petemar Farm

D AT E

SEPTEMBER 3, 2016

NEW SHOW

HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Underhill Watch Me 1E EXHIBITED BY Underhill

SPECS

RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Silver Tip Electra 43E EXHIBITED BY Silver Tip

WINTER JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Petemar Special Sassy 4D

EXHIBITED BY Watson

Land & Livestock Inc

RESERVE WINTER JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

JSF Miss Sage 6D

EXHIBITED BY Watson

Land & Livestock Inc

RESERVE SPRING JUNIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Red Maple 3A Esmeralda 7D EXHIBITED BY E

& J Craig Farms

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Andchris Cailyn 7C

EXHIBITED BY Andchris

Farms

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Silver Tip Redneck STS 02C EXHIBITED BY Edgewater

Farms

BULL CALF CHAMPION

L O C AT I O N

PARIS, ON JUDGE

SCOTT MARTIN ROCKWOOD, ON

SHOW

RESULTS

River Hill Smokeshack 252E EXHIBITED BY Underhill

SPECS

RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION

DKM Easy Rider 43E EXHIBITED BY Solo

Farms

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Petemar Special Edition 2D

EXHIBITED BY Watson

Land & Livestock Inc

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

D.A.M. Dots 94A Dynamite 31D

EXHIBITED BY D.A.M. Dots

Ranch, Saskatchewan

SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

Notta 13Z Carbon Coby 313C EXHIBITED BY Underhill

SPECS


salesRESULTS australian record

$5,800/head for pregnancytested-in-calf, F1 heifers from JAD Agriculture, in the Wattle Grove Speckle Park Sale

october 15, 2016 // oberon, nsw

wattle grove speckle park sale

The top-priced bull at the Wattle Grove Speckle Park Sale broke the Australian breed record at the time when he sold for $30,000 to Minnamurra Pastoral Company, Coolah, NSW. Twenty-eight of the 29 stud bulls offered sold to a top of $30,000 and averaged $10,822, 14 open heifers sold to a top of $12,000, averaging $5,707, one embryo lot sold for $14,000, and three semen packages offered sold to a high of $200 and averaged $157. Females held their own when one lot, consisting of eight commercial, F1, preg-tested-in-calf heifers offered by guest consignors JAD Agriculture of Yeoval, NSW, sold to Richard and Helen Thompson, Palmers Island, NSW, for $5,800 per head, setting a new Australian record paid for a commercial heifer in any breed.

october 15, 2016 // listowell, on

herd builder ontario speckle park female sale

The third annual Herd Builder Female Sale sold 34 lots from 6 Ontario breeders, into Canada and the United States. The top seller was a heifer calf consigned by Underhill SPECS and purchased for $7,700 by Walkerbrae Farms of Guelph, Ont.

november 23, 2016 // regina, sk

canadian national speckle park sale

at agribition

The high-selling lot in the Canadian National Sale was again a bred heifer, River Hill 54Z Cinder 5C, sired by River Hill 60W Line Drive 54Z. She was purchased by Hugh McNeil Farms of Brantford, Ont., and Brookway Farm, Dorchester, United Kingdom, for $26,000. Notta Kager 101Y Calypso 203C, named National Reserve Junior Champion Female earlier in the day, was selected by Twin Lakes Livestock, Kitscoty, Alta. for $21,500. The top-selling heifer calf was JSF Miss Sage 6D, a daughter of HS Untapped 3A, who was purchased by Tandra Livestock, Hamilton, Ont. for $10,500. Wrangler Mr Perfect 8D commanded $16,000 to River Hill Farm, Neilburg, Sask., and Codiak Acres, Ardrossan, Alta., for $16,000; he is sired by Moovin Zpotz Avenger 28A.

10 open heifers averaged $7,790 5 bred heifers averaged $17,900 1.5 bull calves averaged $18,333 21 embryos averaged $1,340

The sale grossed $223,050 with 16.5 live lots averaging $11,812.

new world record female

R E G I S T E R E D S P E C K L E PA R K

3 bred heifers averaged $6,033 15 heifer calves averaged $4,773 3 cows averaged $5,750 2 cow/calf pair brought $11,000 C O M M E R C I A L S P E C K L E PA R K 1 bred heifer brought $2,900 4 open heifers averaged $1,900 5 cows averaged $2,817

The sale grossed $154,000 on 34 lots.

Notta-Kager 101Y Cadence 221D Notta Ranch SOLD FOR

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T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

$30,000

at the 2017 Supreme Sale


The third Herd Builder Bull and Female Sale placed cattle with 12 first-time Speckle Park buyers. The top-seller of the day was Portercrest Win 4D at a valuation of $6,700 to Sommer Meadow Farm of Norwich, Ont., and consigned by Steele Speckle Park.

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9 yearling bulls averaged $3,488 1 2-year-old bull brought $4,700 4 open heifers averaged $6,175 C O M M E R C I A L S P E C K L E PA R K 6 yearling bulls averaged $2,525 1 open heifer brought $3,600

The sale grossed $80,500 on 22 lots of purebred and commercial cattle.

april 2, 2017 // androssan, ab

summit 3 sale

A heifer topped this year’s sale at $20,000, selling on DLMS.ca to Below Sea Level, John & Jan Bellamy, of Ruawai, New Zealand. She was River Hill 60A Deva-Jade 59D, a Codiak Oh My Gosh GNK 60A daughter out of the famed River Hill 25Y AlexiaJade 59A. The high-selling extra-age bull was Codiak Captaine 5C, a son of Codiak Putnam GNK 61Y, purchased by River Hill Farm, Neilburg, Sask., for $18,000. River Hill Debate-A-Bull 225D, Lot 26, was the high-selling yearling bull. This first son to sell of Second Chance Bazinga 2B was selected by the partnership of Pura Vida Acres, Saskatoon, Sask., and Second Chance Speckle Park, Fairlight, Sask., at a valuation of $10,500 for half interest and half possession. First-release, exclusive semen packages on Upto Specs Ulysses 25U and Second Chance Bazinga 2B were hotly contested, commanding $550/straw for Ulysses and $437.50/straw for Bazinga.

25.5 yearling bulls averaged $5,324 22 extra-age bulls averaged $6,018 11 open heifers averaged $11,068 6 lots of embryos averaged $1,419/embryo 2 lots of semen averaged $505/straw

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april 1, 2017 // lloydminster, sk

the source sale

Delta of P.A.R. 70D was the high-selling heifer in this year’s Source Sale, finding a new home with Wrangler Farms of Westlock, Alta. for a price of $12,500. The high-selling bull was P.A.R. Da Bomb Diggity 26D, a son of P.A.R. Arret 38A, at $6,750 to Janzen Speckle Park of Wymark, Sask.

24 bulls averaged $3,954 20 open heifers averaged $7,663 2 lots of embryos averaged $831/embryo 1 lot of semen brought $210/straw

The sale grossed $308,800 with 52.5 live lots averaging $5,801.

april 8, 2017 // neilburg, sk

supreme speckle park bull and female sale

A new world female sale record was set by NottaKager 101Y Cadence 221D (pictured left) at a valuation of $30,000. The daughter of Six Star 82U Royal Flesh 101Y was purchased by Below Sea Level, Ruawai, New Zealand. The highselling bull was Spots ‘N Sprouts Classic 107C sired by Spots ‘N Sprouts Zenith, purchased by Wrangler Farms of Westlock, Alta. and Outback Farms, Sturgeon County, Alta. for $15,000. Spots ‘N Sprouts 1B 101Y and her heifer calf sired by Spots ‘N Sprouts Bravo 118B were the top-selling cow/calf pair to Twin Lake Livestock, Kitscoty, Alta., at a figure of $17,000.

19 yearling bulls averaged $4,584 12 2-year-old bulls averaged $6,229 13 open heifers averaged $10,346 2 cow/calf pairs averaged $13,250 6 embryos averaged $787.50

The sale grossed $329,850 on 47 lots of live cattle and genetics.

The sale grossed $436,575 on 66.5 lots of live cattle and genetics.

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Read more of Andrew’s thoughts in this issue’s Breeder Profile on page 12.

australian record-selling bull

Minnamurra Leander L81

Minnamurra Pastoral Company SOLD FOR

$35,000

at the 2017Minnamurra Pastoral Company Speckle Park Sale

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april 4, 2017 // veteran, ab

top cut speckle park sale

The stands were full for the second Top Cut Sale. Wolf Lake Commander 9C was the top-selling 2-year-old bull to Ian Goodbrand, Provost, Alta., at a price of $9,000. Donna Ridley of Harris, Sask., paid $7,000 for the high-selling yearling bull, D.A.M. Dots Deuce 7D. Teaming up to buy the top heifer were Pura Vida Acres of Saskatoon, Sask., and Harv Fehr, Hague, Sask.; she was D.A.M. Dots Destiny 15D, who brought $9,000.

34 yearling bulls averaged $4,053 13 open heifers averaged $5,366 46 commercial heifers averaged $2,016

The sale grossed $300,310 on 93 head. may 19, 2017 // coolah, nsw

minnamurra pastoral company speckle park sale

In their first sale, Minnamurra broke the Australian record for a Speckle Park bull sold, achieving a $35,000 valuation for Minnamurra Leander L81. The son of Six Star Royal Flesh 101Y was purchased by a syndicate of New South Wales and Victorian breeders: Mick Malone, Kitchen Hills, Te Mooi Speckle Parks, Hanging Rock Speckle Park, and Wayne Munt (of Snowline Speckle Park). Also on offer were 49 Speckle ParkAngus cross open heifers sired by Codiak So Long George; the top pen brought $2,000/ heifer to to Pyrie Pastoral Co. of Dalby, Qld.

51 bulls averaged $11,392 49 commercial heifers averaged $1,877

The sale grossed $673,000 on 100 head. july 10, 2017 // guyra, new south wales

waratah speckle park sale

In the Turnham family’s fourth annual sale, Waratah Look At Me was the top-selling bull, commanding $19,000. Sired by Waratah J57 from Waratah Teeka J141, he sold to Big Star Speckle Park, Hillston, NSW. The high-selling female was Waratah Amy M93, going to South Australian breeders Andrew and Gabrielle McKinnon for a price of $17,500. PTIC commercial heifers reached a top of $3,700 and averaged $2,688, with commercial first-cross heifers selling to a high of $1,950 and averaging $1,771.

45 bulls averaged $8,333 21 purebred heifers averaged $9,928 5 purebred cows averaged $12,600

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Every year, there seem to be a number of show cattle that suffer varying degrees of sickness in the show season. This applies to weaned cattle at home as well. Being prepared to monitor and treat these individuals in the initial stages of disease will minimize any problems. This is critical to the wellbeing of all cattle at shows, as they are in close confinement to each other and are also under stress. You may even have the fortitude to help fellow cattlemen in the process. In the days leading up to the show, take time to stock your tack box with the various health essentials you may need. This would include: • Several thermometers to measure body temperatures. It is important to record daily temperatures of each show animal, as they will give what the absolute normal range is for each one. There is enough normal variation that some may fluctuate around low normal temperatures and some high normal temperatures. This is very much worth knowing when the temperatures start to rise outside the normal range for that animal. • The regular arsenal of antibiotics and antiinflammatories you are familiar with on your ranch, complete with the range of syringe and needle sizes you may need. These should all have been prescribed by your veterinarian. Taking your cattle to a show is a good example of a completely open herd where they will be exposed to a myriad of things. They need to be vaccinated for the common respiratory pathogens, as well those which could cause abortions like IBR and BVD. Some breeders will give intranasal IBR just before going to a show. If you can get this vaccine, it does have good merit as it is not harmful and will quickly cause production of interferon in the body, a non-specific fighter of viral infection. There is also an intranasal vaccine against two of the bacterial causes of pneumonia, so again a very good idea to protect against these diseases locally, in the nose. Immune stimulants are also new additions to the marketplace that are worth 40

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looking at. Long-acting metaphylactic antibiotics may be given; discuss this with your herd veterinarian before leaving to the show. Check each show’s health protocol, as these have been well thought out and it is advisable to follow them closely. Even with quiet cattle there is quite a stress component to shows. From the water being different, to the damp environment of the wash racks and drafts in the show barns, it is really not surprising some cattle get sick. Normal incubations for disease are about seven days, so also closely observe your cattle for some time after returning home – a week to ten days. City or town water will be chlorinated and this most certainly may turn them off for a couple of days. Some people will flavor the water for a couple of days with something like Jell-O. Others filter the water before giving it. Since individual animals are watered and fed separately, monitoring individual water and feed consumption should be easy. Try to stay on a regular schedule for feed and water to minimize digestive outbreaks. Varying types of probiotics or ruminant stimulant boluses may assist you if loss of appetite becomes a problem. Diet should be cut back as stressed worried cattle get looser so some dry hay should minimize runny manure. As mentioned, taking temperatures daily in the morning is also a very good idea. Larger shows often have a veterinarian present who can address major needs such as injured, extremely sick or cattle off of feed. They may even attend to lumps and bumps or mystery ailments that crop up from time to time. Their main concern is the overall health of the stock at the show. This is of major concern if any contagious, infectious diseases develop. Biosecurity between show animals is monitored, as is the zoonotic potential for spread to and from the viewing public. You want to be able to show your animals to their maximum potential; if they are droopy and lethargic, that won’t happen, so monitor their health closely. It is far better to treat early than to wait because you are worried about an injectable antibiotic causing a noticeable lump or bruise.


Every year, there seem to be a number of show cattle that suffer varying degrees of sickness in the show season. Being prepared to monitor and treat these individuals in the initial stages of disease will minimize any problems. If you are concerned an animal is incubating a disease like pneumonia, in the best interest of your fellow competitors, don’t bring them. If they are already at the show, inform the veterinarian and discuss whether they should be totally removed from the premises where convalescing at home may be far less stressful. Many others are permitted to convalesce outside. We as veterinarians wish no ill health, but with all of the stresses and close proximity to others, it is inevitable. Being prepared will give you the head start you need for a favorable outcome. Don’t hesitate to call for help early, and only follow sound advice. There are many concoctions and remedies out there that not only lack sound medical principals, but may also be harmful. This is contrary to Beef Quality Assurance guidelines and sets a poor example of how beef is raised in Canada. Most products are approved for cattle, so use these rather than jeopardizing your reputation as a seedstock provider to our commercial industry. Have a successful and fulfilling show season and keep in mind these principles apply equally well to the cattle at home. SPJ

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2017 Speckle Park Journal - Herd Reference  
2017 Speckle Park Journal - Herd Reference  

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

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