2019 Speckle Park Journal - Herd Reference

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editorial A NOTE FROM YOUR EDITOR

Welcome to the 2019 “Herd Reference” issue. As communication began with breeders and advertisers, it was exciting to hear about a number of new sales being hosted this year and heading into 2020. Demand continues to grow for Speckle Park. It was in 2009 that the CSPA first reached out to Bella Spur Innovative Media Inc. to work with the association on promotion, and developing commercial acceptance for the breed in Canada. That year, “The Decision is Black and White” campaign was created, followed by an event display, print marketing material, and a website, that would lay the foundation of a decade-long relationship, building a customer base for Speckle Park. Two years on, we presented the association with the concept for an annual that would record the breed’s history, share the story of Speckle Park with potential commercial users, and provide an advertising avenue for breeders.The CSPA saw the value of such a publication, but with consideration for its financial and human resources at that time, Bella Spur was asked to take on the endeavor. With that, The Speckle Park Journal was born, and the first issue was printed in 2012. Over the past ten years of working with this extraordinary Canadian breed, I have been proud to witness the exponential increase in membership, registrations, transfers, and commercial buy in. Speckle Park offers a unique combination of traits to the beef industry, and deserves the recognition it is finding as a contributor to offering consumers a quality eating experience. It has been my great honour to be a part of this breed’s growth. Many of you are aware, my professional endeavours changed direction in 2017, and I now find myself at a crossroads as Alberta’s Own Marketplace continues to expand. Thus, The Speckle Park Journal is exploring potential options for new ownership. I wish everyone invested in Speckle Park tremendous success, and look forward to continuing to watch your progress from the sidelines. Sincerely, Laura Bodell

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Welcome to the October edition of The Speckle Park Journal. The year 2019 has been an exciting one for the breed overall as it continues to grow and experience ever more interest. The Annual General Meeting took place in the Lloydminster area of Alberta and Saskatchewan, and was a great success. I would like to take the opportunity to thank all the volunteers, sponsors and attendees who contributed to the events. Mark your calendars for the 2020 AGM in Saskatoon, Sask., the weekend of June 20-21. Moving into autumn and cooler weather, we look forward to seeing the hard work of everyone’s breeding programs displayed at fall sales and shows. One of the most important aspects to continuing breed development is selecting replacement females and future herdsires. All breeds are a work in progress, striving to create a superior animal for the beef industry that can perform on pasture, compete in the feedlots, and display throughout the fall show run. No one programs is identical, however with common goals we can continue to improve our own breed standards. Let’s use the analogy of a house – even Whitney Signature the most beautiful homes can fall apart

without the right foundation. This rings true in many aspects of breed development. What are the measurables each one of us use to ensure we are keeping animals that contribute to breed advancement? No one should be more critical of their program than the breeder themselves. As the prices for females have been traditionally high, it has been challenging for people to implement culling practices on the female side of their programs. Not every female should be kept for breeding, and what may seem at the time as a loss of production will pay off down the road with a carefully selected herd. I think with each year we continue to raise the bar on what we expect from ourselves and others. With the herdbook expanding, it is anticipated to see prices more reflective of the quality offered rather than premium dollar for being a new exciting breed. Please take the time to read the “Newsbytes” section of the magazine for information on some current Association activities to help with the forward momentum of Speckle Park. We are beginning to make our mark in the beef industry, lets make sure it’s one that will be seen for many years to come.

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L E C O I N D E L’A S S O C I A T I O N Bienvenue à l’édition du mois d’octobre du Speckle Park Journal. L’année 2019 a été une année excitante pour la race dans son ensemble, car elle continue de croître et suscite de plus en plus d’intérêt. L’assemblée générale annuelle a eu lieu dans la région de Lloydminster, en Alberta et en Saskatchewan, et a été un franc succès. J’aimerais profiter de l’occasion pour remercier tous les bénévoles, les commanditaires et les participants qui ont contribué aux événements. Marquez vos calendriers pour l’AGA 2020 à Saskatoon, en Saskatchewan, la fin de semaine du 20 au 21 juin. À l’approche de l’automne et du temps des expositions, nous avons tous bien hâte d’évaluer le travail ardu des éleveurs qui participeront aux divers concours. L’un des aspects les plus importants pour le développement continu de la race est la sélection des femelles de remplacement et des futurs géniteurs de troupeaux. Aucune race est parfaite et elles exigent toutes un effort continu envers la création d’un animal supérieur qui contribuera à l’industrie du bœuf, un type capable de performer au pâturage, de rivaliser dans les parcs d’engraissement et de se distinguer aux expositions. Les élevages ne se ressemblent pas non plus, cependant, avec des objectifs communs, nous pouvons continuer à améliorer nos propres normes de race. Utilisons l’analogie d’une maison - même Whitney Signature

les plus belles maisons peuvent s’effondrer sans une bonne fondation. Le même principe s’applique pour de nombreux aspects du développement de la race Speckle Park. Quels sont les éléments mesurables que chacun de nous utilisons pour s’assurer la multiplication des animaux qui contribuent à l’avancement de la race ? La critique la plus sévère devrait être celle qui vient de l’éleveur luimême. Les prix obtenus les femelles étant traditionnellement élevés, il était difficile de mettre en pratique des bonnes habitudes de réforme pour les femelles qui ne méritent pas de rester en reproduction. L’élimination des femelles de qualité médiocre, peut-être perçu comme une perte pour certains éleveurs, mais c’est dans le meilleur intérêt d’intégrité de la race. Je pense que chaque année, nous continuons à élever la barre sur ce que nous attendons de nous-mêmes et des autres. L’expansion du livre généalogique dictera des prix qui reflèteront davantage la qualité offerte et non pas des primes gonflées dus à la nouveauté de la race. Veuillez prendre le temps de lire la section “Newsbytes” du magazine pour en savoir plus sur certaines activités en cours de l’Association afin de contribuer à la dynamique de Speckle Park. Nous commençons à faire notre marque dans l’industrie du bœuf, assuronsnous qu’elle sera visible pendant encore de nombreuses années.

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Lot 4

Purchased by Twin Lakes Purchased by Coulee Springs Livestock, Kitscoty, AB for $15,000 Ranch, Kenaston, SK for $15,000

Lot 12 Purchased by Hidden Valley Speckle Park, Dungay, NSW, AU for $22,000

Lot 47 Purchased by French Market Stock, Lisle, ON for $8,000

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Lot 5

Purchased by Veikle Cattle Co., Cut Knife, SK for $14,500

Purchased by Green Haven Speckle Park, Mitchells Island, NSW, AU for $13,500.00

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Lot 35

Purchased by Velian Farms, Roslin, ON for $14,500

Purchased by Back Country Speckle Park, Tisdale, SK for $11,000

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Fence-trained cows and a powerful, well-grounded fencer makes renting sloughs and bushland from grain-farming neighbours a rental grazing option.

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One week after cutting the millet and oat based greenfeed crop, four different clover species are now taking off and will hopefully cover the soil for winter and provide nitrogen for next year’s forage.

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My farming dream started as a 4-H kid with livestock. As a teenager, it was seedstock beef producers with beautiful sale barns, hosting their own production sales, who I looked up to. While I still love livestock and enjoy a good sale, my farming passion and my vision for what success looks like has slowly transitioned from impressive livestock to impressive grass, and now to a focus on building impressive soil. Cows and livestock are still important to my farm dream, but now it is as soil builders and nutrient cyclers. They are a key tool on my farm to improve my land, and their value to me has increased, having developed such an interest in soil health and regenerative agriculture. I purchased my farm three years ago after operating on others’ land for five years while building my livestock herds. The cultivated land was previously full-till managed and the hayfield production was partially sold off farm with limited added fertility. I soil tested the land when I purchased it, and the cropland measured only 2.8 percent organic matter with a depressing 9 lb/acre of insoil nitrogen. I dug more than 20 holes per field to get a representative sample and did not find a single earthworm in all of those shovelfuls. Even in my ignorance then, I knew I had a long way to go to have healthy, profitable soils. At that same time I began delving into learning about soil health. I attended various holistic management,

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regenerative agriculture, and soil conservation conferences, and looked for as much practical knowledge as possible from other farmers who had created efficient, low-cost, soil-building systems. These producers seemed to have matching messaging that soil health is the pillar to aligning animal production and farm profitability with land health and this is the type of farm that I want to operate. While trying to implement the five foundations of soil health (see sidebar), the main tools I am using are diverse crop species, converting land to perennial forages, and bale grazing. For the past three years I have been seeding multispecies annual blends of millets, oats, clover, radish, sorghum, sunflowers, chicory, and phacelia while slowly seeding the land down to high-legume perennial blends. I have stopped removing any feed biomass from my farm and keep all bales in the fields rather than bringing them into the yard. Eliminating tillage and trying to intensify my grazing are also important to me from an environmental perspective. Consumer misconceptions about agriculture are too common, and the conversations on social media about cow emissions and climate change are so often misinformed, I find. On my farm, I know that photosynthesizing plants are putting carbon in the ground and that Canadian livestock herds support significant grassland carbon sinks. I am fascinated by modern grazing research showing that intensive grazing management, which keeps plants


Note the taller, greener clump of grass in the photo. This is where a bale was grazed last winter. If the need to harrow and reseed the thick trash in the spring can be ignored, this is how it regrows in the summer.

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(ABOVE MIDDLE) Winter bales kept in the field and set at targeted areas, such as sandy, eroded hilltops, where the land might benefit the most.

An annual crop for fall grazing allows rest to the perennial forages in the fall, so they can store energy prior to winter. In this blend millet, oats, and sorghum provide forage biomass; sunflowers and radishes break up soil and scavenge deep nutrients with their taproots; phacelia accelerates soil aggregation and keeps a healthy pollinator population, and the Italian ryegrass keeps a growing root and green plant longer in the growing season to feed soil biology.

photosynthesizing longer in the growing season, is how wellmanaged beef herds are becoming net carbon sequesterers. One Manitoba grazer I admire has monitored soil carbon levels with soil tests over a three-year period of intensively managed grazing and has documented an average annual increase of 17.5 tonnes/ha of carbon in the ground. My grazing plan is not yet as sophisticated and intensive as I would like. I’m still “learning my land” and while I do make an annual grazing plan, the actual execution ends up being fairly on the fly. Best management for textbook cell grazing sounds wonderful but can be very challenging, especially when adding in factors such as drought, breeding groups, and trying to include some element of a non-farm social life. For now, cows are only moved every two to three weeks and the bulk of fencing is single strand polywire with pigtail step-in posts. I am lucky to have grainfarming neighbours who allow me to graze their grassy, valley bottoms for a ‘per head, per day’ grazing rate, with me managing the fencing and the moves. Leaving residue and appropriate litter was difficult this summer with such little rain; there are certainly areas where I took too much or didn’t move early enough. However, when building a farm, it is difficult to assemble all the moving parts – livestock, owned land, rented land, custom grazing, feed supplies – all at the right time, for an efficient, regenerative system. With any type of farming,

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keep the soil covered minimize soil disturbance plant diversity keep a live plant or root growing as long as possible in the season integrate livestock

There’s still a lot to improve in this soil but after three years of no-till seeding, diverse plant blends of both warm and cool season species, and integrating livestock on the land, finding the earthworms is now getting easier.

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systems are always being fined tuned and improvements are always being made, and I suspect it will be a long time until I am satisfied with how I manage the grazing. While I am fascinated by soil, I do still want to breed desirable and marketable seedstock. I would love to build a reputation of raising functional genetics for low-input bulls. When Brian Perillat from CanFax presented on cow value at the Canadian Beef Industry Conference, he showed that a cow with a $100/year lower annual maintenance cost has a $500 higher economic value as a bred heifer. If I want to maximize livestock dollars, they need to show this type of real, intrinsic value as an efficient animal. I feel I can best accomplish that by testing and selecting for livestock on my farm that are low-input, nutrient cyclers, satisfying my commitment to soil health. I have a long ways to go until I’m satisfied with my soil and the cows that feed it, but I can see improvements. After cutting this fall’s greenfeed crop, a few random shovel fulls discovered worms in every hole, and the soil is starting to aggregate better and look somewhat like chocolate cake. Soil testing again this fall will help quantify, and hopefully reinforce, any progress I’ve made during the three years on my farm. Conserving soil health and putting carbon in the ground is something I’m very proud of and an important part of agriculture I want to be involved in. I have a lot more to learn, but am glad to be on this path and proud to be raising cattle and beef that have such a positive and important soil-building and environmental story to tell. SPJ

Stuart Chutter grew up involved with his family’s commercial cattle ranch near Merritt, B.C. After a competitive career in skating that took him across the country, Stuart decided to pursue his love of livestock, from scratch. The first several years saw him renting land as he built up his herds, first in Alberta, then Manitoba, and finally Saskatchewan. Three years ago, he was able to purchase property near Melville, Sask., and has been working to improve the soil health and his farm’s profitability through regenerative agricultural practices.

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The Buldoc family planted its roots in the seedstock business more than 100 years ago, beginning with Grandfather Swift’s Shorthorn cattle in the 1880s and then transitioning in the 1960s to become Cudlobe Angus. As they now market 150-plus bulls each year, along with facilitating a feeder calf sale for their customers that sees in excess of 2,000 head sold, there is no doubt their customer-centric approach has laid the foundation of their success. “We believe, quite simply, in treating people the way we would like to be treated,” says David Bolduc. “But you also have to produce or have available to sell what your customer wants.


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It’s not just about selling a bull today, it’s about having a relationship with your customers year round. The most important component of customer service is follow up – touch base with your buyers to ensure their purchases are working out, and if they have any problems, be available to deal with them quickly. SPJ

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ALBERTA’S OWN MARKETPLACE Every business exists at the pleasure of the customers it serves, and the cattle industry is no different. Buyers make purchases based on two factors, the product and the experience. In the same way as Apple Inc. develops products to solve daily problems for their users, successful seedstock producers are constantly striving to improve their genetics in ways that add value for their customers, and their customers’ customers. For any business to do that well, it’s crucial to ask questions that can help guide product/service development, and listen carefully to feedback in order to decipher what’s really important. Customer experience is truly what establishes loyalty, though. From the first impression created by advertising or an initial meeting, to the comfort level provided as a purchase decision is being made, through to the service following the sale, people remember how they felt. As is the case in any relationship, care and gratitude always go a long way. Never underestimate the power of a heartfelt, “thank you.” SPJ “Our parents were competent stockmen, and recognized that animals weren’t great because of a breed, but because of the traits they expressed. So, we were raised with an open mind as far as that goes.” Cudlobe Farms raised, showed, and sold purebred Shorthorn cattle from the early 1940s through the late ‘80s. The first three Angus females were acquired out of the Apache Angus dispersal in 1967, when David, sisters Diane and Pat, and brother Dyce were in their early teens. David’s and Dyce’s children are now raising their children in the business, and the family still believes it is what’s under the hide that matters. “We used to show... CONTINUED ON PAGE 22

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...quite competitively – we didn’t go out there to get second place,” laughs David. “But covering our barn wall in banners didn’t speak to the success of our clientele – those genetics actually had to go out and work for them and make them successful in the industry. “We moved away from the show ring, thinking maybe there was a better way to evaluate cattle, and looking toward a more science-based approach. But at that point, science didn’t really evaluate function in the way the show ring does.” CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21

“We’re in this for the long haul,” he iterates. “These guys need to be proud of the bulls they’re running from us...” To that end, Bolducs maintain a balanced approach to breeding, complimenting phenotypic evaluation with tools and technology as they have become available in order to ensure their genetics provide customers with a profitable product. “For us to be successful, our customers need to be just as successful,” David believes. Until the year 2000, Cudlobe Angus primarily marketed their bulls by private treaty, allowing David and Dyce to establish strong relationships with their customers, which is a level of human interaction that David says he does miss. “The best part of selling private treaty was the opportunity to really get to know the customer and spend time in conversation with them,” David says. “We got so that as these relationships grew and we got to know folks better, we could have conversations around how what we were doing would or wouldn’t benefit them. “You always want to be open enough and accepting enough to recognize change that’s needed,” he suggests. David uses the analogy of The Great One, Wayne Gretzky, saying the key element to a seedstock producer’s longterm success is their observation abilities; like Gretzky with the puck, it’s not where the industry or puck is that’s critical, it’s where it’s going to go. “As soon as genomics became available, we were all over them because we wanted to find greater accuracy in our EPDs at a younger age,” he shares. With their bull sale taking place in December and the bulk of the offering being 10-11 months old, increased EPD accuracy adds another layer of trust for customers. “For a trait such as birthweight, the progeny equivalent of a genomic test

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is something like 24 calves. That gives us confidence selling heifer bulls, by allowing us to identify those superior bulls at a young age.” Following the sale, the bulls are all wintered at the farm to maintain contemporary groups, and have performance and ultrasound data collected. They complete their breeding soundness evaluations and are delivered when the purchaser wants them. Selling immature bulls does translate into a handful that don’t pass their semen test, and so the Bolducs retain a good-sized reserve for buyers to select from when the need arises. However, if someone doesn’t find the right replacement, Cudlobe simply simply refunds their purchase. “I know other outfits offer future credit, but we don’t like to trap buyers,” says David. “Maybe they’ll come back to us and find another bull, or maybe they’ll find one somewhere else, but they need to have that choice. Customers shouldn’t have to bank roll your operation for a year while they’re out a bull.” The reserve pen also finds use if a bull doesn’t grow out like Bolducs expected; twice David has thrown an extra bull on the trailer that he has hand selected for the buyer’s needs, and given them the choice of their original or the replacement. Both times they’ve kept his choice. “We’re in this for the long haul,” he iterates. “These guys need to be proud of the bulls they’re running from us.” David also offers some other advice about making deliveries: don’t have so


many bulls on the trailer and such a tight schedule that you can’t take time with your customers to learn about their operation. Remembering your customers’ family’s names and the bulls they’ve bought in years previous, and walking through their cowherd with them to hear about what’s going right and areas they would like to improve is very important. This builds rapport with your clientele and also gives you the knowledge required to make bull recommendations for their specific needs. After solidifying the connection at delivery, Cudlobe Angus hosts an annual field day each summer. They welcome customers and friends to the farm for a day of fun and learning, presenting speakers who can provide updates and insights on industry trends. “The joke has always been that we have to get someone smarter than Dyce and I (to explain the science),” laughs David. They’ve brought in the likes of Dan Moser, president of Angus Genetics Inc.; John Stika, president of Certified Angus Beef; Bern Kotelko of Highland Feeders, and Travis Hickey, formerly general manager of Western Feedlots Ltd., assistant general manager of JBS Five Rivers Cattle Feeding, JBS’ head of cattle trading, and now a consultant for Compass Ag Solutions LLC. “Dan commented after his presentation that this was one of the most knowledgeable groups of commercial cattlemen he had ever spoken to,” David humbly shares. That is in large part... CONTINUED ON PAGE 24

josh vogel LEGACY SPECKLE PARK

Profitability for a commercial cow-calf producer is determined by numbers such as: percentage of live calves weaned, pounds of calf raised per acre, percentage of calf weight weaned per cow, and the marketability of their calf crop. Our clients are the folks on the ground floor – they are the price takers – and they need to see reliable returns on their calf crops to make land and equipment payments. Let’s look and see if we are actually providing a product that each level of the marketplace is asking for, by evaluating indicators such as 1) Ranchers are now coming to buy their second, third, and fourth bulls. This means their very first bull, which was the most difficult purchase decision, did all he was supposed to: he covered the cows, injected hybrid vigour no matter the breed base of the cow, and the calves impressed the most dubious of ranchers and even the neighbours. 2) More auction markets are hosting Speckle Parkinfluence sales to capture the maximum value of increasing number of Speckle feeder calves coming to town. 3) Cattle buyers and feedlots are supporting the influence sales by paying top price or even bidding to premiums. After years of effort, the question should always be, “are we going in the right direction?” When a breed of cattle can provide profit to all of the players in the beef industry and still impress the consumer with its beef, the answer has to be YES. SPJ


CUSTOMERCENTRIC The Bolduc family has long served as exemplars in the Canadian beef industry, as well as in a multitude of leadership positions. Both David and Dyce stepped up to the role of Canadian Angus Association President, and David also chaired the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, along with sitting on the boards of the Beef Improvement Federation and the Canadian Beef Grading Agency. Cudlobe Angus has marketed genetics onto every continent except Africa.

T H R E E GEN ER AT I ONS OF BOLDUCS: Kaitlynn, Steve, Kevin, Adrianna, Dyce, David, Merrit, Mat, and Adeleen

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...due to the farm’s efforts to make information accessible and understandable for everyone. The Canadian Angus Association created the Bull Battery Program, which allows breeders to pull data and easily communicate the genetic merit of a group of cattle based on their average percentile ranking within the association’s population. For example, Cudlobe can extract EPDs on the bulls they’ve sold in the past four years to demonstrate that their bull offering ranks, on average, in the top 5 percent of the breed for weaning weight. Their customers are now able to use this data to assist in sire selections, and also to prove value to potential buyers in the Cudlobe Influence Feeder Calf Sale each fall. The sale itself was created following a conversation with a longtime customer who came to preview the bulls one November. “Bruce was saying he truly believed the bulls he was buying were the best genetics in the industry,” remembers David.“He said the calves were some of the best a feedlot could buy, and that they were indeed topping the market, but he was convinced they should be driving a premium. These cattle were making money, especially down the chain, and it should have been translating more effectively back to the cow-calf producer.” Though Bruce wasn’t issuing a challenge, the Bolducs saw an opportunity in his feedback to determine a way to have the superior genetics of their customers’ calves recognized and categorized more effectively within the industry. The seed planted, David began exploring various options to help their bull buyers derive more value from the data-driven genetics they were offering feedlot buyers. He determined that a video sale would both alleviate concerns about gathering the cattle in one place from such a large geographical region, while also allowing sellers the option to decline bids. With the help of Rob Bergevin from Foothills Auctioneers Ltd. at Stavely, Alta., guidelines for the sale were developed that include calves being treated with the Bovi-Shield Gold program prior to sale to ensure there are no health concerns as they enter the feedlot, and selling in pot loads. The Bolducs worked hard that first year CONTINUED FROM PAGE 23

to ensure the feedlot industry was engaged by helping to educate potential buyers on the data provided with the calves. More than 2,000 calves were consigned from year one, and to communicate the herd-specific genetic value of each group of calves, Rob Holowaychuk of Optimal Bovines Inc. was hired to introduce each lot. Data from the CAA’s Bull Battery Program is presented by consignors to show feedlots the gain and carcass quality potential of each group of calves’ sires. CanFax also analyzed the results from the first couple of sales, showing the premium that was generated for Cudlobe’s customers. “Last year was exceptional,” says Bolduc. “Stavely’s regular calf sale began that morning, and broke at 11 a.m. for our video sale. Immediately, there was a jump in prices, and the calves sold all through the sale at a 10-cent premium over the high that day.” Though their EPDs indicated that the calves’ genetics were some of the best available in the country, Bolduc says that the feedlots’ experience is really what has created the level of premium that Cudlobe-sired calves now command. “One feedlot manager told me they were the most expensive calves he bought that year, and also the ones he made the most money on,” he shares. During the BSE crisis when producers were retaining ownership on their calves in an attempt to derive more income out of them, another customer found he was making $143 more per head on his heifers than a neighbour. “I’m happy with the genetic profile of the majority of bulls in our sale,” says David. “You don’t see a really weak spot from a commercial standpoint.” Through the process of educating their customers about EPDs, they have also found value added to the bulls selling later on in their sale. “Those bulls may not be the eye candy of the first 20, but they’ll sire calves that will wean off well,” he notes. “We have customers who buy volume, and they can see the merit to those bulls later on and bid on them, rather than waiting on the next sale.” It has taken years, dedication, and diligent culling to get to this point, though. “A lot of purebred guys have the mindset that the cattle they produce are like their kids – they’re perfect,” laughs David. “But we’re not General Motors, these are genetics we’re selling, and they’re unpredictable.” For the Cudlobe program, it comes down to having the data to make good breeding and marketing decisions, and ensuring the needs of their customers are always at the core of that decision making. SPJ


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newsBYTES MARKETING INITIATIVES The CSPA has new marketing content available for breeders and those new to the Speckle Park breed. Coming this fall, a newly-designed promotional booth will also be on display Farmfair International and Canadian Western Agribition, stocked with The Speckle Park Journal and print marketing material. Expo Boeuf in Quebec will be including a Speckle Park class for the first time this October, and there will also be a display at the 2019 Royal Winter Fair in Toronto, Ont., leading up to their new Speckle Park show taking place in 2020. One of the target markets chosen by the CSPA for 2019 and 2020 is the United States. Though it is geographically the closest international market to Canada, Speckle Park are relatively unknown to our southern neighbours. With the assistance of funding grants from the Canadian Beef Breeds Council, the CSPA will attend two or three major livestock events with a promotional display. The CSPA is working with two feedlots this fall to collect performance data. Aaron Canard will report on their feedlot trials and provide information regarding their feedlot practices following the National Speckle Park Show at Canadian Western Agribition.

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

veteran, alta.

DRYLAND CATTLE TRADING CORP.

OCT

17 2019

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SASKATOON LIVESTOCK SALES LTD.

NOV

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lloydminster, alta.

HEARTLAND LIVESTOCK SERVICES

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yorkton, sask.

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DNA SNP

TRANSITIONING OUR

GENETIC TESTING PROTOCOLS The CSPA is excited to transition its genetic testing protocols to SNP technology with the Neogen Canada lab. SNP uses more markers, resulting in higher accuracy for parentage. Additionally, 50K is the standard for exporting genetics internationally, which will make it easier to transfer data to each country.

To mitigate some of the financial impact for breeders testing mature animals in their herd, the CSPA is offering an incentive on SNP testing until December 31, 2019, for all animals born in 2018 or earlier: $25 per test for a 50K SNP profile, or $50 per test for a 50K SNP profile plus horned/polled, coat colour, and myostatin. Breeders may collect new hair samples on living animals or contact the association to request existing samples be moved to Neogen for a $10 fee per sample, charged by the previous laboratory partner. The CSPA will move any deceased sires and dams still in use for semen or embryos at no charge to members. The association would also like to assure members that any animals registered prior to 2011 without a current parent verification on file WILL NOT be parent verified; a SNP profile will be placed on file only to register offspring off those animals.

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www.canadianspecklepark.ca

After an anticipated wait, the new CSPA website has been released! With a fresh, new look it offers value-added content to those interested in the Speckle Park breed. The association’s goal was to create an easy-to-use site with simple access to information. New features include breeder profiles, marketing tools, online applications for 4-H awards and bursaries, and commercial and purebred breeder of the year nomination forms. The sale barn continues to showcase live cattle and genetics available for sale by breeders. Along with the website, a new Speckle Park online store has been launched where you can buy CSPA branded swag.

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Debbie, Clayton AND Dustin Spencer 444 RANCH

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Do you have pictures of Speckle Park you would like to show off? If you would like your pictures considered for the CSPA’s online gallery, please send high-resolution files (please, no low-quality cell phone photos) to

info@canadianspecklepark.ca

Which animal has been the most influential on your program, and why?

I still say the Prairie Hill Paddy 233P cow, which we originally purchased as a bred heifer, and is the foundation cow for the Redneck herd. We still have lots of embryos from this line and look forward to advancing our herd from them.

What is breakfast time like at your house?

Breakfast is an on-the-go thing at our house, with me leaving for work just as the boys are getting up to go do chores and get ready for school. It’s in the evenings when we discuss our plans for the farm and really get stuff sorted out.

If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would it be? Unanimously, we all say riding in the mountains or south to see family.

What is your favorite cut of beef?

Rib steak. Who doesn’t like a good, medium rare steak.

When did you purchase your first Speckle Park? January of 2006.

Tell us about your best Speckle Park memory. Dustin with his bred heifer last fall in Brandon as reserve female and then he topped that with junior champion female at Agribition.

Why did you choose this breed?

What makes you most excited for the future of the breed?

I actually can’t take the credit for choosing this spectacular breed of cattle, however when I had the choice to change or stay with my speckles, I felt it was the right choice for the boys and I to stay with them, eventually getting back on track with the original style of the Redneck cattle breeding program. 28

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All the youth that seem to be showing Speckle Park, and the fact that my kids have had and will have a hand in what this breed will come to be. While we all have a different version of what a cow should be, I think we can all agree that speckles will go far, and have many more gates still to open for them as people realize the uniqueness of this breed.


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NEW WORLD

RECORD River Hill 60A First Choice 6F

$43,000

SOLD FOR

River Hill 60A First Choice 6F set a new world record for the top price paid for a Speckle Park female. The daughter of River Hill 50U All In 60A was offered by River Hill Farm in the Summit 3 Sale on March 30, 2019, where she was purchased by Prestwould Parke, Virginia, USA.

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Jason & Sara Goodfellow AND Family N O T TA R A N C H

N E I L B U R G , S A S K AT C H E WA N

When did you purchase your first Speckle Park?

I purchased my first group of Speckle Park cattle from Glen Goodfellow in 1998. I was 21 years old and I was always a risk taker. Glen was a neighbor and relative. I spent a lot of time helping work his stock and was always found myself picking out my favorites. After I bought my first piece of land, I decided I needed some cattle to graze it. I looked past the color pattern a saw the quality of his herd, so I took another risk!

Why did you choose this breed?

I chose Speckle Park cattle because I always liked a good challenge. We knew then that you couldn’t just breed these cattle for type and confirmation alone.You had to factor in the color patterns. At the time, we were targeting the traditional color pattern. That in itself was a unique challenge. Back then, people in other breeds would talk down about the type and color of Speckle Park cattle that were on display at the fall shows. In my mind, if they painted all the cattle with the same color brush, they weren’t that different. We wanted to prove that fact! Every year, we made cattle that we felt could be compared to the best in every breed.

What is breakfast time like at your house?

It’s like clockwork because it has to be. We are all up having breakfast, Sara and I getting our four kids ready for school, and then off to our day jobs.

If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would it be?

Our dream vacation would have to be a family trip to Australia to see the cattle and all the sights.

What is your favorite cut of beef? Gotta love great prime rib steak.

Tell us about your best Speckle Park memory.

Canadian Western Agribition 2016 show day, we had lots of help that day… or so we thought. The show started off great – so great that none of our show help had come back to the stall because they were all needed at the ring for the final female drive. Our young daughter, McKenna, had to quickly take the role of showing on a minute’s notice. Then, Sara told me to “breathe and take a look around.” I couldn’t believe the amount of help that had come down from the stands up to hold cattle for us as we frantically changed out show numbers. It still gives us a lump in our throats knowing those friends and family members were missing the show because they were helping us. The success of that day has to be given to the team in the back that showed up when we needed them the most.

What makes you most excited for the future of the breed?

What excites us most is young cattlemen and women that are seeing the benefit of using a carcass breed like Speckle Park in their program. It is so hard to change the mindset in the older generations that take so much pride in what dad and granddad did. As the industry changes, so will the producers, and Notta Ranch’s family will be there to greet them.

Which animal has been the most influential on your program, and why?

At this point in time, Star Bank Lacerta 68L has to be the most influential animal in our program. His progeny has allowed us to do what we set out to do – promote and grow the breed globally. They all have lots of style and eye appeal with a performance bonus. We have yet to have had a bull that can do as much as he did. Only time will tell if Notta 1B Hawkeye 444E can do what Lacerta still does. T H E S P E C K L E PA R K J O U R N A L

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Natalie Merz & Alex Pateman

R O S E H I L L S P E C K L E PA R K R Y L S T O N E , N E W S O U T H WA L E S , AU S T R A L I A

When did you purchase your first Speckle Park?

We purchased our first Speckle Park as embryos in 2010.

Why did you choose this breed?

We were impressed by Speckle Park’s ability to turn off a quality carcass with marbling at 400 days. And, of course, they look amazing in the paddock!

Which animal has been the most influential on your program, and why?

It’s so hard to pick, and our answer next year would be Underhill All Out. This is not only because we will have more calves on the ground by him and his progeny, but also because he was our first Canadian live animal purchase, and that experience opened a whole new world of possibilities to us. At the moment, though, we would have to say Kahleatha Gunna Get U, a River Hill Walker 60W out of Prairie Hill Reba 154F, who we got as a 2-year-old from Kerrie EbbeckSimpson. Her progeny have all been outstanding – Rose Hill American Pie and Rose Hill Miss Business have both been broad ribbon winners at Royal shows. Two animals in our current show team are out of her as well.

If you could go anywhere on vacation, where would it be?

We would love to eventually see Canada in the summer time! We seem to only be there in the snow. The United Kingdom is also high on the list.

What is your favorite cut of beef?

For Alex it would have to be a T-bone, for Nat, Porterhouse.

Tell us about your best Speckle Park memory.

So many to choose from, but the Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2019 was just tops. From 1st and 2nd in the first class, to Grand Champion Female and the rest… priceless!

What makes you most excited for the future of the breed? ROS E HILL SPECKLE PARK S TUD • ALEX PATEMAN & NATALIE MERZ “TEBRADDEN” BOWLES LANE RYLSTONE, 2849, NSW, AUSTRALIA

Tel: (02) 6379 0700 Cell: 0428791972 rosehillspecklepark@gmail.com

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The same things that made us excited in the first place: their ability to turn off the perfect-sized carcass and hitting all the quality specs, including marbling, at 400 days. No other breed comes close in this market. With consumers becoming more discerning and conscious about sustainability and the environment, a shorter production time means a smaller carbon footprint, without compromising on taste.


COULEE SPRINGS RANCH SELECT HEIFERS ALSO AVAILABLE CALL FOR FURTHER DETAILS

Al & Deanne Bleackley Box 117, Kenaston, SK S0G 2N0 Al 306-561-7377 Deanne 306-221-2331 email d.a.bleackley@sasktel.net

When did you purchase your first Speckle Park?

We were given an orphan Speckle Park heifer in 2007. “Freckles” is still with us and is the matriarch of Diamond K.

Why did you choose this breed? If Freckles was the indication on what Speckle Park were like, we were hooked. Calving ease, quiet, and easy finishing were part of why we chose this breed.

Which animal has been the most influential on your program, and why? It’s hard to pick just one. Freckles, of

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Tom & Leanne Kindler AND Family

D I A M O N D K S P E C K L E PA R K T E L K WA , B R I T I S H C O L U M B I A

course, and our first heifers from Codiak Acres: Codiak Unique 1U and Codiak Cougar GNK 15U. River Hill Step’n Out 05S was one of our top-producing cows. Our first bull, P.A.R. Mr Universe 66U, will forever be special – a pleasure to deal with, and he has “speckled” our Bulkley Valley. His progeny made incredible 4-H projects.

What is breakfast time like at your house?

What is breakfast? Haha. Usually it’s coffee and chores.

If you could go anywhere on vacation? Australia! What is your favorite cut of beef? Prime rib.

Tell us about your best Speckle Park memory.

We have lots of those! The first time we saw Freckles coming home in the canopy of Tom’s Tacoma; our first sale; 4-H moments with the girls; first time at Agribition to watch the show; and all the wonderful people we have met who are involved with this breed.

What makes you most excited for the future of the breed? It’s exciting to see the breed grow and thrive in

Canada and around the world. Our hope is that we keep the wonderful and unique traits that they are known for and preserve the integrity of this wonderfully Canadian breed.


GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Underhill Freightliner 7F E X H I B I T E D BY

Underhill Specs

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

Watson Crusher Lonestar 11F E X H I B I T E D BY

Watson Land & Livestock

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Diamond K Ranch Debutante 4D E X H I B I T E D BY

Underhill Specs

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

Red Maple 58Y Sunbeam 9D E X H I B I T E D BY

Red Maple Speckle Park

paris FAIR SPECKLE PARK SHOW HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

US Game Day 10G

E X H I B I T E D BY RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Silvertip Terminator 09G

E X H I B I T E D BY JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

Silvertip Speckle Park

Watson Crusher Joy 43F

E X H I B I T E D BY RESERVE JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

Watson Land & Livestock

Underhill Spitfire 35F

E X H I B I T E D BY SENIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

Underhill Specs

Red Maple 78B Velvet 11F

E X H I B I T E D BY RESERVE SENIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

Red Maple Speckle Park

Steele Fayme 2F

E X H I B I T E D BY SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Underhill Specs

Steele Speckle Park

Diamond K Ranch Debutante 4D E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Red Maple 58Y Sunbeam 9D E X H I B I T E D BY

BULL CALF CHAMPION

Red Maple Speckle Park

US Whiskey Bent 5G

E X H I B I T E D BY RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Underhill Specs

US Scarface 6G

E X H I B I T E D BY

Underhill Specs

Underhill Freightliner 7F E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Underhill Specs

Underhill Specs

Watson Crusher Lonestar 11F E X H I B I T E D BY

SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

Watson Land & Livestock

River Hill Smokeshack 252E E X H I B I T E D BY

Underhill Specs

D AT E

AUGUST 31, 2019 L O C AT I O N

PARIS, ONT. JUDGE

DAVID JOHNER MAIDSTONE, SASK.

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Wrangler Mr Perfect 8D E X H I B I T E D BY

Codiak Acres & River Hill Farm

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

JSF Creed 1F E X H I B I T E D BY

Johner Stock Farm & Spring Coulee Enterprises

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

River Hill 99Y Pho-Cover 18C E X H I B I T E D BY

River Hill Farm

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

Greenwood First Lady DJP 7F E X H I B I T E D BY

Greenwood Speckle Park

agribition

CANADIAN

WESTERN

HEIFER CALF CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

Greenwood First Lady DJP 7F

Greenwood Speckle Park

RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

INC Cattle Co.

INC Havana 101F

JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

444 Ranch

Redneck 5C Elizabeth 13E

RESERVE JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

Fleetwood Speckle Park

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

D AT E

NOVEMBER 21, 2018

Notta Ranch

BULL CALF CHAMPION

L O C AT I O N

REGINA, SASK. JUDGES

DARRELL SAUNDERS MARKDALE, ONT.

SHOW

RESULTS

River Hill 99Y Pho-Cover 18C

River Hill Farm

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

E X H I B I T E D BY

JSF Creed 1F

INC Six Gun 428F

INC Cattle Company

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

JSF Wall Street 36E

Johner Stock Farm & Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp.

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

Wrangler Mr Perfect 8D

Codiak Acres & River Hill Farm

RESERVE SENIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

D.A.M. Dots 94A Electric 31E

McAleer Ranching & Lehr Ranching

SENIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

Notta 13Z Photo-Finish 208D

Johner Stock Farm & Spring Coulee Enterprises

RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

Fleetwood Big Ethel 03E

MX Dirty Deeds 43D

MX Ranch & P.A.R. Ranch

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LLOYDMINSTER

stockade ROUNDUP

Greenwood First Lady DJP 7F

JUNIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE JUNIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Greenwood Speckle Park

JSF Miss Whiskey 27F

E X H I B I T E D BY 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

Johner Stock Farm

Ravenworth Prairie Lily 119F E X H I B I T E D BY

SENIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Ravenworth Cattle

INC Havana 101F

INC Cattle Co.

E X H I B I T E D BY

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE SENIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

E X H I B I T E D BY

Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp. RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

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

Notta Ranch

4C Ranch

Uneeda Farms

Ravenworth Cattle

HS Amanda ET 18C

E X H I B I T E D BY

Johner Stock Farm

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

JUNIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

Notta Ranch

River Hill 60A Fletcher 860F E X H I B I T E D BY

River Hill Farm

Notta 110B Hawghunt 315F E X H I B I T E D BY

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

Notta Ranch

JSF Creed 1F

Johner Stock Farm & Spring Coulee Enterprises

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

Ravenworth Adrenaline 115F E X H I B I T E D BY

SENIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

Ravenworth Cattle

INC Six Gun 428F

E X H I B I T E D BY RESERVE SENIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

INC Cattle Co.

Ravenworth Rubicon 103F E X H I B I T E D BY

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Ravenworth Cattle

JSF Wall Street 36E

D AT E

OCOBER 31, 2018 L O C AT I O N

LLOYDMINSTER, SASK.

Johner Stock Farm & Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp.

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Notta 1B Hawkeye 444E E X H I B I T E D BY

SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

RESERVE SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

Notta Ranch

MX Dirty Deeds 43D

E X H I B I T E D BY

MX Ranch, P.A.R. Ranch

Colgan’s Dexter D’Angelo 01D

E X H I B I T E D BY

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RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

Colgan’s Dexter D’Angelo 01D

Ravenworth Acadia 107E E X H I B I T E D BY

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Johner Stock Farm

Emerald Of Uneeda 61E E X H I B I T E D BY

E X H I B I T E D BY

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

HS Amanda ET 18C

Elexa Mona Lisa Of P.A.R.16E

SENIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

E X H I B I T E D BY

E X H I B I T E D BY

MX Ranch, P.A.R. Ranch

Notta Ranch

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

MX Dirty Deeds 43D

Notta 110B Kat 202F

RESERVE SENIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp.

JUDGE

KASEY PHILLIPS WASKETNEAU, ALTA.

SHOW

RESULTS


GRAND CHAMPION BULL

MX Dirty Deeds 43D MX Ranch & P.A.R. Ranch

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

Wrangler Mr Perfect 8D

Codiak Acres & River Hill Farm

E X H I B I T E D BY

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

Outback Aurora 105D Outback Stock Farms

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

Outback Eclipse 119F

Outback Stock Farms

E X H I B I T E D BY

farmfair INTERNATIONAL

HEIFER CALF CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

Outback Eclipse 119F

Outback Stock Farms

RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

River Hill Farm

River Hill 60A Fancy Lady 96F

JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

McAleer Ranching

D.A.M. Dots Enticing 41E

RESERVE JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

D AT E

NOVEMBER 7, 2018

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

L O C AT I O N

JUDGE

ANDRE STEPPLER MIAMI, MAN.

SHOW

RESULTS

Outback Aurora 105D

River Hill Farm

BULL CALF CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

Wolf Lake Frontman 55F Outback Final Cut 15F

Outback Stock Farms

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

MT Bar Eddie The Eagle 01E

MT Bar Ranch

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

MX Dirty Deeds 43D

MX Ranch & P.A.R. Ranch

RESERVE SENIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

D.A.M. Dots 94A Electric 31E

McAleer Ranching & Lehr Ranching

SENIOR BULL CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

River Hill 99Y Pho-Cover 18C

Wolf Lake Speckle Park

RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

C Speckles Elegance 15E

Outback Stock Farms

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION E X H I B I T E D BY

EDMONTON, ALTA.

McAleer Ranching

Wrangler Mr Perfect 8D

Codiak Acres & River Hill Farm

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GRAND CHAMPION BULL

INC Six Gun 428F INC Cattle Co.

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

Flying E Digger 4D

E X H I B I T E D BY

Wilcox Livestock

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

INC Havana 101F INC Cattle Co.

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

Redneck 5C Elizabeth 13E E X H I B I T E D BY

444 Ranch

manitobaAgEx INC Havana 101F

HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

E X H I B I T E D BY

Underhill Steam Whistle 9F

RESERVE HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

E X H I B I T E D BY

JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

Underhill Specs

Redneck 5C Elizabeth 13E E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE JUNIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

Calico Creek Speckle Park

Second Chance Yippee 02Y

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

E X H I B I T E D BY

Prairie Bell Speckle Park

Second Chance Yo’ Momma 3Y E X H I B I T E D BY

Second Chance Speckle Park

BULL CALF CHAMPION

INC Six Gun 428F

E X H I B I T E D BY RESERVE BULL CALF CHAMPION

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Calico Creek Speckle Park

Calico Creek Evolution 16E

E X H I B I T E D BY SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

Calico Creek Speckle Park

Flying E Digger 4D

E X H I B I T E D BY

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

Wilcox Livestock

Calico Creek Epic 14E

E X H I B I T E D BY RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

INC Cattle Co.

Wilcox Ferdinand 1F

E X H I B I T E D BY

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444 Ranch

Calico Creek Exclusive 11E

E X H I B I T E D BY

RESERVE SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

NEW SHOW

INC Cattle Co.

Wilcox Livestock

D AT E

OCTOBER 25, 2018 L O C AT I O N

BRANDON, MAN. JUDGE

BILL BIGLIENI DOUGLAS, MAN.

SHOW

RESULTS


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salesRESULTS Results have been provided by sale organizers or managers either directly or sourced from their websites; The Speckle Park Journal is not in any way liable or responsible for the accuracy of any information printed.

october 6, 2018 // ardrossan, alta.

ladies of the fall

A U C T I O N E E R : B R Y O N W O LT E R S

The inaugural Ladies of the Fall sale saw steady bidding on an elite offering of live cattle and genetics. Codiak/Clark Tweetie NAG 41D topped the sale at $16,500, and was selected by Wrangler Farms, Westlock, Alta. KFC Farms, Didsbury, Alta., was the winning bidder on Codiak El Paso GNK 811E, the high-selling bred heifer at $15,000.

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

4 heifer calves averaged $8,000 13 bred heifers averaged $8,827 9 heifer calves averaged $5,878 21 cows averaged $8,952 5 pregnant recipients averaged $5,550 21 embryos averaged $1,400/embryo 30 units of semen averaged $446/straw C O M M E R C I A L S P E C K L E PA R K

10 bred heifers averaged $1,750

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $405,273 on 60 lots of purebred cattle and genetics.

october 13, 2018 // oberon, new south wales

wattle grove speckle park annual sale

AUCTIONEER: MICHAEL GLASSER

In Wattle Grove Speckle Park’s annual on-farm sale, the high-selling lot was a long-yearling bull sired by Wattle Grove Merlin F67. Wattle Grove Wizard N68 commanded a price of AUD$25,000 and sold to Outback Speckle Park of New South Wales, Australia. The topselling heifer was Wattle Grove 61Y Amanda L261, a daughter of Codiak Putnam GNK 61Y, who sold to Wanda Vale Pastoral, New South Wales, Australia, for AUD$20,000. Semen from Upto Specs Ulysses 25U fetched AUD$900/straw, going to Spics n Specs Speckle Park, Victoria, Australia. Minyara Speckle Park purchased the top embryos, a mating of Upto Specs Ulysses 25U and Codiak Utah 23U, for AUD$3,600/embryo.

23 bulls averaged $12,981 15 heifers averaged $11,766 21 embryos averaged $2,833/embryo 40 units of semen averaged $515/straw

new world-record female

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $544,625 on 50 lots of purebred cattle and genetics. november 22, 2018 // regina, sask.

canadian nationa speckle park sale AUCTIONEER: CHRIS POLEY

River Hill 60A First Choice 6F River Hill Farm NEILBURG, SASK SOLD FOR

$43,000

in the Summit 3 Sale

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Prestwould Parke

BU YER: RICHMOND, VA., USA

½ bull calf sold $20,000 14 heifer calves averaged $11,750 4 bred heifers averaged $11,188 1 cow/heifer calf pair sold $24,000 1 pick of the herd sold $24,000 34 embryos averaged $1,616 16 units of semen averaged $313

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $337,200 with 20½ live lots averaging $13,524.


april 6, 2019 // neilburg, sask.

AUCTIONEER: DAVID CARSON

AUCTIONEER: CHRIS POLEY

herd builder speckle park bull sale

supreme speckle park bull and female sale

march 30, 2019 // ardrossan, alta.

Topping the sale was Notta 110B Kat 203F, sired by Spots N Sprouts Bart 110B. She was purchased for $22,000 by Hidden Valley Speckle Park, New South Wales, Australia. The bull offering was topped by yearling Notta 110B Jus Chillin 302F, who went to Twin Lakes Livestock, Kitscoty, Alta., for $15,000. The high-selling 2-year-old bull was Spots ‘N Sprouts Erie 104E at $5,900, purchased by Steven Dow, Rivercourse, Alta. The high-selling cow-calf pair was Ravenworth Acadia 116D, purchased by Velian Farms, Roslin, Ont., for $14,500.

A U C T I O N E E R : B R Y O N W O LT E R S

9 yearling bulls averaged $3,800 3 2-year-old bulls averaged $2,750 1 mature bull sold $3,400 8 heifer calves averaged $5,438 1 yearling heifer sold $9,500 2 cows averaged $7,725 1 flush sold $4,250 6 embryos averaged $1,100 8 units of semen averaged $225/straw

summit 3 sale

The world record price paid for a Speckle Park female was broken by River Hill 60A First Choice 6F, a daughter of River Hill 50U All In 60A, who sold for $43,000 to Prestwould Parke, Virginia, USA. River Hill 5C First-Rate 859F was the high-selling yearling bull, selected by Codiak Acres, Ardrossan, Alta., at a valuation of $17,000. The high-selling extra-age bull was Codiak End to End 802E, purchased by KFC Farms of Didsbury, Alta., for $14,500.

16 extra-age bulls averaged $6,484 32 ½ yearling bulls averaged $5,815 13 open heifers averaged $9,808 96 units of semen averaged $269/straw 36 embryos averaged $1,183/embryo

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $488,650 on 79 lots of purebred cattle and genetics. april 5, 2019 // lloydminster, sask.

the source sale

A U C T I O N E E R : RYA N D O R R A N

The top-selling bull came out of the yearling offering in the Source Sale; MX Heat Seeker 169F garnered a final bid of $8,000 from P.A.R. Ranch, Lashburn, Sask. The top-selling heifer was Fire Cracker of MX 44E at $9,000, who went to Jerry Barber of Shawville, Que.

19 yearling bulls averaged $3,753 3 2-year-old bulls averaged $3,750 18 open heifers averaged $5,444 18 embryos averaged $767/embryo 48 units of semen averaged $179/straw

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $202,950 on 43 lots of purebred cattle and genetics.

SALESRESULTS

ALES

february 23, 2019 // listowell, ont.

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

12 ½ yearling bulls averaged $7,712 12 2-year-old bulls averaged $4,175 14 open heifers averaged $7,214 2 cow-calf pairs averaged $12,750 5 straws of semen averaged $700/unit 9 embryos averaged $1,333/embryo C O M M E R C I A L S P E C K L E PA R K

4 extra-age bulls averaged $2,650 6 open heifers averaged $1,537

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $308,350. april 12, 2019 // veteran, alta.

top cut speckle park sale AUCTIONEER: KIRK GOLDSMITH

27 yearling bulls averaged $3,893 10 open heifers averaged $4,950 5 commercial heifers averaged $1,533 2 cow-calf pairs averaged $5,375 20 straws of semen averaged $75/unit 18 embryos averaged $983/embryo

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $176,000.

april 20, 2019 // saskatoon, sask.

leading edge speckle park sale AUCTIONEER: CHRIS POLEY

21 bulls averaged $4,814 9 open heifers averaged $11,917 20 straws of semen averaged $218/unit 16 embryos averaged $1,613/embryo

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $247,250.

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ONLINE SALE

Wattle Grove Speckle Park’s second online sale saw lively bidding on 56 lots. The two live cattle sold very well with Wattle Grove He’s Got The Look N314, a son of JSF Trade Secret 11A, being selected by Shavalgen Australia Pty Ltd. of Victoria, Australia for AUD$19,250. Wattle Grove Miss Wattle N107, sired by Codiak Putnam GNK 61Y, brought a final bid of AUD$16,500 from Peter and Bonnie Doolan, Victoria, Australia. An exclusive offering of genetics was well received with semen from Avery Creek Banjo 01B and Upto Specs Ulysses 25U each fetching AUD$510/straw to Black Diamond Speckle Park and Greenhaven Pastoral Co., respectively. The mating of Codiak Putnam GNK 61Y and Codiak Niome GNK 5X was also purchased by Shavalgen Australia Pty Ltd. for AUD$2,200/embryo.

1 bull sold $19,250 1 heifer sold $16,500 90 straws of semen averaged $296/unit 108 embryos averaged $1,306/embryo

F I N A L R E S U LT S :

The sale grossed $201,950 on 56 lots of purebred cattle and genetics.

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june 6, 2019 // masterton, new zealand

maungahina stud sale AUCTIONEER: NEVILLE CLARK

Maungahina Nightlight N275, son of Maungahina Legacy, was the high-selling bull, commanding NZD$18,000. The top-dollar heifer brought NZD$17,000; a daughter of River Hill 60W Line Drive 54Z, Maungahina P184 sold to Pine Hill Speckle Park, New Zealand.

15 2-year-old bulls averaged $12,000 5 heifers averaged $12,900 70 straws of semen averaged $307/unit 20 embryos averaged $2,000/embryo

august 12, 2019 // guyra, new south wales

waratah speckle park 6th annual sale AUCTIONEER: BRIAN LESLIE

In their sixth annual event, a 2-year-old bull topped the sale. Waratah Natural Beauty N69 by Legacy Bone Crusher 35B sold for AUD$15,000 to Michael Pokarier of Moura, Queensland. Four heifers sold to a top price of AUD$6,000.

SALESRESULTS

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ALES

june 2, 2019

7 yearling bulls averaged $4,700 24 2-year-old bulls averaged $7,710 25 open heifers averaged $4,620 55 straws of semen averaged $121/unit


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vaccine reactions

With more vaccines now given subcutaneously, and to wash dirt into the needle hole, or the process itself takes especially with those vaccines using oil-based adjuvants, in more dirt. Try to avoid vaccinating in inclement weather. reactions have become more common. Though adjuvants It is also advisable not to vaccinate through manure, and are designed to protect the vaccine and stimulate a higher if the multi-dose gun is hard to advance, you may be too immune response, they can cause reactions in the form of a shallow and giving the vaccine intradermally. lump visible under the skin. As many of the pharmaceutical To check technique, if giving several vaccines, give them representatives will tell us, at least we know the vaccine is precisely in the same location leaving at least 10 cm between. working. This is true and we Give injections on opposite You can accept a few reactions must keep in mind that the sides of the neck if possible, so same reaction was probably as normal, but investigate with your that if there are lumps you will happening with intramuscular be able to assess which vaccine veterinarian if the incidence gets products, but deep in the was involved or who had too high or if abscesses are created. given the vaccine. Sometimes muscle where it was not visible Rest assured, the vaccine is to us. This is where lots of the tweaking the technique is all gristle (scarring in the muscle that is required. working and offering protection. cuts of meat) would occur. So, Use the smallest gauge needle from a beef quality assurance standpoint, there has been that still allows you to inject it quickly, about 16-18 gauge. a huge improvement with the increase in vaccines going You want to definitely give the product subcutaneously subcutaneous and at a lower dose. and it should be very easy to inject. A needle does cause a Most of the lumps regress with time or leave a small egglittle pain, so try to use as small of a needle as is practically sized lump, which is a granuloma (scar tissue). More reactions possible. Product must be able to flow through the needle are often found with the bacterins such as blackleg and other with only minimal pressure. killed vaccines, as they generally use the oil-based adjuvant. It is also important to keep the vaccine protected from the The modified live vaccines more often use sterile water as the elements, as frozen or overheated vaccine will be ineffective liquid for reconstitution, and so the reaction is much milder. and may be denatured, leading to more vaccine abscesses. More reactions can occur if the nutritional status of the Keep vaccines at fridge temperature until ready to use. herd is low, especially as it relates to the three trace minerals: Certain genetic lines of cattle are more reactive to certain copper, zinc, and selenium. If there is a high percentage of brands of vaccine, most often because they are reacting to large reactions, nutrition should be considered, along with the adjuvant or carrier of the vaccine. This can explain the producer’s administration technique. Dull, bent, dirty why certain producers will have a high incidence rate or burred needles increase the likelihood of introducing while other farms have almost no reactions, using the same infection or causing more trauma. This needs to be watched; vaccine. Cattle do not appear to get any more sensitive over it is recommended to change needles when they are damaged, time to repeated vaccinations, but if they reacted once, they and approximately every ten animals. You will be able to feel will commonly react again. If they experience too many when a needle is getting dull, and change it. Proper technique reactions you may need to change brands. will go a long way toward minimizing reactions, so use the You can accept a few reactions as normal, but investigate sharp, disposable needles and ensure they have a metal hub. with your veterinarian if the incidence gets too high or if If you are seeing large swellings that subsequently abscesses are created. Rest assured, the vaccine is working abscess, technique is definitely a possibility. I have seen and offering protection. If a specific vaccine seems to cause some wrecks vaccinating in the rain; the moisture seems too many reactions, triple check technique, or it may be 44

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p hot o Š N at al i e J ack man

necessary to change to a different brand. Very rarely, we can see allergic reactions with vaccinations, so always have epinephrine on hand when you are processing or working cattle. Allergic reactions, if severe, usually occur within the first 30 minutes after vaccinating. It is advisable to check cattle 15-30 minutes after vaccination for any heavy breathing or swollen faces. Epinephrine can be injected, split half under the tongue and half under the skin. It may need to be repeated in severe cases. In my experience, when you do have allergic reactions, it may be more than one animal. Epinephrine can save a calf’s life. If a lump gets larger over time (baseball size or larger), it most likely is abscessed and may need to be lanced and flushed. The infection starts after the vaccine is absorbed, so in all likelihood the animal will still have had a decent response. The egg-sized reactions are not a concern to the animal, but are simply a blemish noticed more in this country in the summer when the hair is slicked off. Purebred, show, or display animals can be vaccinated behind the elbow to prevent reactions from being noticeable. Vaccinate on the non-show side as well in case there is a slight reaction. I have never heard of these vaccine reactions being a problem on sale through an auction. The argument could actually be that at least you can see these particular stock have been vaccinated, and to me, relates to good management. In the winter, they become like a brand and disappear under the hair. When slaughtered these lumps are somewhat adhered to the hide, and in almost all cases come off with the hide, not affecting the underlying meat in any way to cause trim losses. The future may see needleless vaccination, oral, or more intranasal vaccines given that will eliminate external evidence of reactions. SPJ

Dr. Roy Lewis, DVM

practiced as a large animal veterinarian specializing in beef cattle for more than 30 years at Westlock, Alta. He now works part time as a technical services veterinarian for Merck Animal Health.

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proudly shown by Madison Graham

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SHE SELLS! NATIONAL SALE, NOV. 27

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MX RANCH NEILBURG, SK

780-205-1668

306-823-7209

WILF & RUTH SUNDERLAND

ROLAND, FAITH and TORRIE CHIBRI

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LITTLE ACRES NEILBURG, SK

P.A.R. RANCH L L OY D M I N S T E R , S K

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FAITH OF P.A.R. 056F

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PURCHASED BY

PURCHASED BY

PURCHASED BY

PURCHASED BY

Leigh & Anita Mckain

Rose Hill Speckle Park

P.A.R. Ranch

Jerry Barber