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Welcome to the 2021 “Breeding Book” issue of The Speckle Park Journal. As I write this, winter has hit the Canadian Prairies in earnest with temperatures dipping below -40C, while Western Australia has been battling both fires and floods. It seems that though the calendar changed, 2021 isn’t about to let us off easy, either. But one thing we know for certain is that stockmen and women are tough, tenacious, and talented. Twelve months ago, you all proved that as you quickly pivoted from hosting engaging, in-person auctions to selling bulls, females, and genetics successfully online. As 2020 unfolded and more marketing events were cancelled due to the pandemic, you all stepped up to become increasingly creative in how you put your program in front of an online audience to ensure your businesses survived. There’s no doubt you will continue to withstand new challenges with the same strength as you did the many that have passed. In this issue, we are pleased to share the stories of two cattlemen from opposite sides of the country and different segments of the beef industry, who both were drawn to the quality and opportunity offered by Speckle Park. Shannon Eaton has successfully built a commercial herd of commercial Speckle Park, along with one of, if not the largest, Speckle Park-influenced backgrounding and grasser operations in Canada (page 12). We also enjoyed speaking with Alex Steele about his transition from the dairy business to beef, and his experience exporting genetics around the globe (page 20). Finally, we are very excited to announce that Dalton Payne has been hired as the sales representative for SpeckleParkSires.com. His passion for the breed, and for helping to connect buyers and sellers, is going to be a tremendous asset to our goal of creating a one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to review available Speckle Park genetics around the globe. Wishing you health and wellness,

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Welcome to the 2021 “Breeding Book” issue of The Speckle Park Journal. The past year brought forth unique challenges to the beef industry, along with opportunities to find new ways to market cattle in the absence of many live sales. Growth of the Speckle Park breed remained strong for the year with almost double the live animal transfers over the previous year. Online marketing opportunities came to the forefront, getting purebred cattle visibility out to the customer via online sales and promotions. Print marketing was also a very reliable form of getting information out to the customer. It is anticipated bull sales this spring will be mostly online or have the option of bidding online. Invest in professional photo and video services to provide potential customers the best view of your cattle available. Take the time to put thought into descriptions of sale animals in catalogues. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase individual animal benefits to prospective programs. Please make sure to send any auction advertisements to the Association at info@canadianspecklepark.ca for posting

on the website and e-blast to membership. The Canadian Speckle Park Association will focus on our registry change, as well as feedlot data for Speckle Park and Speckle Park-influenced cattle. Please continue to send your registrations to CLRC until our registrar change is announced. Feedlot data is anticipated later this year, with the trials going well to date. Thank you to the commercial committee for working on the feedlot trial setups. We would also like to thank Dibbhurst Farms for their Speckle Park feedlot trial completed in 2020. Gathering data on feedlot performance is necessary for continued growth in the cow-calf sector and demand for Speckle Park stockers. The association welcomes member photos or stories of customer success. Speckle Park bulls working in commercial programs are an excellent opportunity to share first-hand results of why buyers want Speckle Park bulls. Any photos provided must be in a high-resolution format (no cell phone pictures). We wish everyone a successful calving season and look forward to seeing everyone’s breeding efforts later this year.

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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 spécial d’élevage 2021 du Speckle Park Journal. L’année dernière a posé des défis uniques à l’industrie du bœuf, ainsi que des opportunités de trouver de nouvelles façons de commercialiser le bétail en l’absence de nombreux encans en direct. La croissance de la race Speckle Park est restée forte pour l’année avec près du double des transferts d’animaux vivants par rapport à l’année précédente. Les possibilités de marketing internet sont devenues la vitrine des bovins pur-sang auprès des acheteurs par le biais de ventes et de promotions en ligne. La publicité imprimée est également une forme très fiable de fournir des informations aux clients. Il est prévu que les ventes de taureaux du printemps seront principalement en ligne ou offrant la possibilité de miser à partir d’un accès virtuel. Investissez envers des services professionnels de photographie et de vidéo afin d’offrir aux clients potentiels la meilleure vue possible de votre bétail. Appliquez-vous lors de la rédaction des descriptions des animaux de vente dans les catalogues. C’est une excellente occasion de présenter les avantages uniques de vos animaux. S’il vous plaît assurez-vous de partager vos publicités d’encan avec l’Association à info@canadianspecklepark.ca pour l’affichage sur le site web et e-blast à l’adhésion. L’Association canadienne Speckle Park mettra l’accent sur le changement de services pour les enregistrements, ainsi que sur les données de parcs d’engraissement

pour les bovins génétiquement influencés par la race Speckle Park. Veuillez continuer d’envoyer vos demandes d’enregistrement à la Société canadienne d’enregistrement des animaux jusqu’à ce que notre changement de registraire soit annoncé. Les données provenant des parcs d’engraissement sont prévues plus tard cette année, et les études se sont bien menés jusqu’à maintenant. Merci au comité commercial pour leur travail au niveau des installations pour les projets d’études d’engraissement. Nous tenons également à remercier Dibbhurst Farms leur projet d’engraissement avec des animaux Speckle Park qui s’est terminé en 2020. La collecte de données sur la performance en engraissement est nécessaire à la poursuite de la croissance de la race dans le secteur vache-veau et ainsi créer de la demande pour les bovillons Speckle Park. L’association aimerait bien que les membres partagent leurs photos ou leurs témoignages de réussite avec vos clients. Mettre en vedette des taureaux Speckle Park qui sont utilisés dans des programmes commerciaux, est une excellente occasion de partager les résultats de premier ordre et de promouvoir la race en milieu commercial. Toutes les photos fournies doivent être dans un format haute résolution (pas de photos de téléphone cellulaire). Nous souhaitons à tous une saison de vêlage sans problème et nous avons bien hâte de constater le fruit de vos efforts d’élevage plus tard cette année.

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buying into Shannon Eaton runs Eaton Livestock with his wife, Kim, and has a commercial herd of about 500 Speckle Park cattle nine miles north of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. The couple have owned Eaton Livestock since 2011.

“About ten years ago, it just so happened that I’d been buying a few Speckle Park here and there, and we had about 30 to 35,” he said. “We sorted them all separately and put them on a small pasture and it turned out that they were the heaviest yearlings we had coming back.” Eaton saw Speckle Park had been selling at a bit of a discount and he decided to start buying lots of Speckle Park calves and combining

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speckle park lots. More people in his area were using Speckle Park bulls, and there were some Speckle Park-influence feeder sales in the fall. “I’m a cattle buyer and I go to sales all the time. I just kept on going to Speckle Park sales and taking them home. We started amalgamating. I believe the first year we went to 600. Then we went to 1,100,” he said. Two years ago, Eaton and his wife had 1,550 Speckle Park steers that they bought to put on grass. “When I was able to get a lot of Speckle Park, I had interest from different feedlots who would feed them if I had enough of them put together. They were able to feed full pens of them at feedlots. We buy them as calves in the fall, and some we buy in February or March. We grass all of them and they’re all sold in September.”

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When the animals come off grass, they are about 1,000 pounds. He likes to buy the bigger calves in the fall, as he finds they are generally better quality. He has gotten rave reviews when he sells cattle. “I sent 350 cattle to a new customer and when they got them, they said, ‘They’re simply awesome.’ They couldn’t believe how good the cattle were.” Once he started buying them, he started really focusing on their breed characteristics. Eaton likes Speckle Park cattle because they are very hardy animals that generally stay in good health. In addition, he says Speckle Park cattle are quite docile, easy to handle, and have shown consistent gains. One characteristic of Speckle Park is they may look small, when they’re actually heavier. “The one big attribute that the breed has is the grading in the cattle when they’re slaughter ready. We have a very high number of AAA. The cattle marble extremely well. There’s definitely a niche market for that high end, highly marbled beef, and these cattle definitely do that,” he said. The udders on the females are generally square and good. Speckle Park cows are good mothers, and the animals are hardy and have the will to live. Speckle Park were bred for the prairie environment. In the last 10 years, breeders have bred better bone structure, better hair, and created a bigger frame on the cattle, said Eaton. “That said, I can’t stress enough that people do their proper vaccinations and proper castrations on their cattle. One thing I would like to tighten up in the Speckle Parks is the consistency of the breed,” he said. “I can’t stress enough that people need to be culling their bulls harder to breed more consistency.” Eaton judges a lot of cattle shows and judged the National Speckle Park show at Canadian Western Agribition in 2019. “That was the highlight in my cattle judging career,” he said. “Agribition is the superbowl of cattle shows, and I was fortunate to judge it. That year, Speckle Park was the second largest breed.” SPJ [CONTINUED fFROM PAGE 13]

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n their beautiful farm near Thamesford, Ontario, Alex Steele and his wife, Florence, raise Speckle Park cattle and have 300 acres in crops, growing vegetables, corn, and beans. Before venturing into the exciting world of Speckle Park, Steele spent years in the dairy cattle business with his brother. They were quite successful at selling Holstein embryos and breeding stock to many countries, and also won a couple of Master Breeder Awards. In 2003, the Steele brothers made the difficult decision to disperse the Stelbro Holstein herd, though Alex and Florence continued to raise some heifers for a few more years. “It was kind of hard to see the cows go,” said Steele. “I just found it hard to be without cattle. I knew I couldn’t do that.” His desire to keep cattle started him on his journey toward a purebred Speckle Park herd. In talking with his neighbours, he heard about a new breed that had originated in Western Canada. At that time, there were only a handful of breeders in Ontario, and the breed wasn’t common in the east. “First of all, the colour kind of caught me because they are black and white like Holsteins,” Steele said. He went to Canadian Western Agribition in Regina, Saskatchewan, a couple of

times and learned about Speckle Park’s carcass quality. He liked that the breed offered a medium-sized cow with good temperament and good calving ease. In 2010, he made his first purchase of Speckle Park embryos through the Canadian National Speckle Park Sale at Agribition. “That was our start. We were familiar with embryos and we still had Holstein heifers to put them in,” he said. “One of those Moo Fassa embryos developed into a great cow who is still in the herd.” In 2011 and 2012, Steele and his neighbour Andrew Metcalfe purchased two heifers at Agribition. Together, they flushed those heifers to grow their respective herds before each farm took full ownership of one of the females; Steele now owns Legacy Unity 51X, who is leaving her mark on the breed. “She’s a very deep bodied, good uddered cow at 11 years old now,” [CONTINUED ON THE NEXT PAGE]

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he said.“She flushed very well; we got enough embryos that we started getting daughters, and we sold embryos, too. “She transmitted her traits to her offspring consistently. That’s the key. If you get a good-looking cow, that’s good, but if she can pass on her traits, that’s amazing, and that’s what you’re looking for.” Legacy Unity 51X has daughters and granddaughters in the Steele herd, and one of her bull calves, Steele Front Runner 5E, topped the 2018 Herd Builder Sale, selling to a syndicate of two breeders in Ontario, an Australian breeder, and a breeder in New Zealand. “He has offspring on the ground now, and I’ve seen them and they’re looking quite promising,” said Steele. Another cow in the herd that has done quite well is Upto Specs Wanda 22W. The Steeles have retained several daughters while those they’ve offered for sale have topped the sales, and they’ve also sold 22W’s embryos both domestically and overseas. In one case, Steele got a call from a breeder in Australia who bought six embryos from Wanda 22W and was thrilled to have six calves: four heifers and two bulls. “To get a 100 percent pregnancy rate is amazing, especially if they get shipped around the world,” he said. [CONTINUED FROM PAGE 21]

If you get a good-looking cow, that’s good, but if she can pass on her traits, that’s amazing, and that’s what you’re looking for.”

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Steele appreciates the vigour, efficiency, carcass merit, and overall conformation of Speckle Park cattle. “We had our first calves and we were very impressed with the calf vigour compared to the Holsteins,” he said. “I think the cows are more efficient with their feed. That’s only my observation, but they didn’t need as much feed as some of the larger breeds. Local butchers are pretty impressed with the carcasses.” The feet, legs, and udders of the cattle are also traits that Steele has found to be strong in Speckle Park, and the animals are quite adaptable, doing well in a variety of climates. “They have great calving ease as well,” he said. Each year, about half of the Steele’s steer calves will go to feedlots, while the rest will be sold to local people who want to finish them. The female calves are kept in the herd or sold as breeding stock, and the top end of the bull calves are offered for sale. Steele finds that Speckle Park bulls cross well with a lot of other breeds, and give some pretty impressive calves. “Some dairy herds prefer to use them on a percentage of their cows. With sexed semen, they can breed the top half of their cows to get the heifers, and the bottom half can be bred to beef bulls,” he said. On October 17, 2020, Hugh and Paula MacNeil of Silver Tip Speckle Park asked Steele Speckle Park to co-host the Autumn Debutante sale with them


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at the Brantford location of their farm. “We had a very successful sale with some very good feedback,” Steele said. The quality of the cattle sold were excellent, thanks to the help of Shawn Weir and Dan Boers. The sale was hosted both online and in-person, following COVID-19 guidelines, with buyers from Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada, and as far away as Australia. “It was time to have another sale in Ontario,” said Steele. “There’s been a

regular Herd Builder series that we were involved in, and we were pleased to be in – it’s still going on. But the MacNeils and us are on our own now, and we’re trying this and it’s working really well.” Steele said there is a lot of room for expansion in Speckle Park, especially in Ontario and Eastern Canada. “It’s been quite exciting to get involved in something like this after dairy. It’s been fun, and we’ve met a lot of new people from all around the world.” SPJ

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Steele Front Runner 5E

HIGH-SELLING LOT IN THE 2018 HERD BUILDER SPECKLE PARK SALE Sold to Silver Tip Speckle Park, Fleetwood Speckle Park, Black Diamond Speckle Park, and Aniwaniwa Speckle Parks

Steele Heady 202H

Sold to Robvale Speckle Parks in the 2020 Autumn Debutante Sale

Steele Spirit 30E

HIGH-SELLING LOT IN THE 2018 HERD BUILDER SPECKLE PARK FEMALE SALE Sold to KFC Farms

(FAR LEFT)

Upto Specs Wanda 22W (MIDDLE)

SAC Miss Abbie 1A (LEFT)

Legacy Unity 51X L-R:

Shawn Weir, Alex Steele, Bryan Ball

Alex Steele is adamant that Steele Speckle Park could not exist without the help of Shawn Weir with the show and sale cattle, and Bryan Ball assisting with day-today farm operations. photos © Bar nGirls Photography

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US MS CNE 43G GOTCHA SPECKLE PARK

N SW, AU S

F U T U R E F O R WA R D 2 0 2 0

F E AT U R E B I D D E R S

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RECORD NUMBERS REG LIVE AVG

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$2,450 SEMEN AVG

$230 RECIP AVG

$4,300 UNDERHILL SPECS

F E AT U R E B U Y E R S

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NEWSBYTES

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new world record S P E C K L E

PA R K

B U L L

S A L E

Wattle Grove Paperboy P503

AUD$68,000

Wattle Grove Paperboy P503 set a new world record for the highest-valued Speckle Park bull sold at auction at AUD$68,000 in Wattle Grove Speckle Park’s production sale at Oberon, New South Wales, on October 17, 2020. The son of Codiak Putnam 61Y sold to Stephen Ariss, Temple Mount Farm, Woodend, Victoria.

increase in

4-H AWARDS: THE CSPA REWARDED 75 4-H MEMBERS

F O R E X H I B I T I N G S P E C K L E PA R K P R O J E C T S I N 2 0 2 0 Award tokens are available to any 4-H member who has a purebred Speckle Park or a Speckle Park-influenced animal. Application forms can be found at www.canadianspecklepark.ca/association/#youth and then mailed in or emailed to youth@canadianspecklepark.ca

Keston Artindale was the lucky winner of the youth raffle heifer donated by Fleetwood Speckle Park to raise $10,000 for the CSPA’s junior program. Fifty tickets were made available to be purchased in the name of a youth, with the draw for Fleetwood Hotsy 02H and nine bursaries taking place at the inaugural Autumn Debutante Sale. LE 28

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Tell Calvert

photo © Laura Elizabeth Photography

NEWSBYTES

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YOUTH BURSARY

Congratulations to Tell Calvert for being the recipient of the $500 CSPA youth bursary to be used in 2021. 4-H Awards

speckle park-influence sale

The CSPA rewarded 75 4-H members for exhibiting Speckle Park projects in 2020.

A very successful Speckle Park-influenced feeder calf sale was hosted by Northern Livestock Sales, Lloydminster, Sask., on November 19, 2020. Of the 4,316 cattle sold that day, a total of 558 head were speckles. Several pens came in at or near the top of their categories:

137 steers weighing an average of 558 lb. brought $205.25/cwt. 32 steers weighing an average of 417 lb. brought $250.00/cwt. 133 heifers weighing an average of 442 lb. brought $212.00/cwt.

CSPA memberships in

2020:

16%

feedlot trials

Two feedlot trials of Speckle Parkcross cattle are underway in Alberta and Saskatchewan. A pen of 140 head are being fed at Red Coat Cattle Feeders, Hazemore, Sask., while another 214 head are at Highway 21 Feeders, Acme, Alta. The CSPA will be collecting on-feed and carcass data to analyze and use for breed improvement and promotion purposes.

BUYER SURVEY

The CSPA’s commercial committee has launched an effort to engage feedlot owners and buyers regarding their insights related to the commercial market for Speckle Park. If you would like to be contacted, please reach out to Josh Vogel at 306-621-4035 or legacysp@xplornet.ca.

registration transfers

UP 80% in 2020 over 2019

*data provided by the Canadian Speckle Park Association

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LLOYDMINSTER

stockade ROUNDUP JUNIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

Waldner Bliss 052H

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

Prairie Hill Hailstorm 25H 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

Prairie Hill Ranch

Wilcox Cinder 65H

E X H I B I T E D BY R E S E R V E 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

Wolf Lake Speckle Park

SENIOR HEIFER CALF CHAMPION

KFC Hera 16H

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

Wilcox Livestock

Wolf Lake Halo 93H

E X H I B I T E D BY

GRAND CHAMPION FEMALE

KFC Girl Crush 699G E X H I B I T E D BY

KFC Farms Ltd. RESERVE CHAMPION BULL

KFC Gladiator 1G E X H I B I T E D BY

KFC Farms Ltd. RESERVE CHAMPION FEMALE

KFC Hera 16H E X H I B I T E D BY

KFC Farms Ltd.

KFC Farms Ltd.

Girls Got Rhythm of MX 110G Rose Hill Speckle Park

KFC Girl Crush 699G

SENIOR YEARLING HEIFER CHAMPION

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

KFC Farms Ltd.

Outback Chromed Up 102G E X H I B I T E D BY

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

Outback Farms

Prairie Hill Belinda 52E

SENIOR FEMALE CHAMPION

Prairie Hill Ranch

Notta 13Z Janette 203D 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

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

Johner Stock Farm

Prairie Hill High Caliber 5H E X H I B I T E D BY

SENIOR BULL CALF CHAMPION

Prairie Hill Ranch

Greenwood Headliner 71H

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

Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp.

Notta Primetime 312H E X H I B I T E D BY

JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

RESERVE JUNIOR BULL CHAMPION

Notta Ranch

KFC Gladiator 1G

E X H I B I T E D BY

KFC Farms Ltd.

Colgan’s General 20G

E X H I B I T E D BY

D AT E

NOVEMBER 4, 2020 L O C AT I O N

LLOYDMINSTER, SASK.

Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp.

SENIOR BULL CHAMPION

JSF Creed 1F

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

Notta Ranch

JSF Dynasty 23H

E X H I B I T E D BY

Johner Stock Farm

Wolf Lake Field Ready 52F

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

E X H I B I T E D BY

Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp.

Greenwood Speckle Park

E X H I B I T E D BY

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Greenwood Headliner 71H

Greenwood Halo 8H

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

Jesse Waldner

GRAND CHAMPION BULL

Wolf Lake Speckle Park

JUDGE

GARTH RANCIER KILLAM, ALTA.

SHOW

RESULTS


PRAIRIE HILL HI-CALIBER 5H

[CAN ]1 1 3 3 9 - P B P.A.R. CASANOVA 55C x DAFFY OF LITTLE ACRES 51D

Reserve Champion Intermediate Bull Calf LLO Y D MI N S T E R S T O C K A D E R O UNDUP

PRAIRIE HILL HOMETOWNGIRL 406H

[ C AN]11144- PB WILLOW LANE FREDDIE 2F x RAINA OF P.A.R. 46B

High-selling lot in the 2020 Homecoming Sale SOL D T O TOPLINE SHOWSTOCK, AUSTRALIA

PRAIRIE HILL RANCH R E G I S T E R E D

S P E C K L E

CHIP & WANDA CHIBRI N E IL BURG

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306-823-4228 C. 780-870-5668 CCHIBRI@SASKTEL.NET

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PRAIRIE HILL BELINDA 52E

[CAN]7071- P B CODIAK KOOL CHARLIE GNK 76B x BELINDA OF P.A.R. 152B

Senior Champion Female

LLOYDMINSTER STOCKADE ROU N DUP

SEM EN

AVAILABLE

FR O M

PRAIRIE HILL 76B GUNNER 460G maternal brother to HOMETOWNGIRL 406H

O W N E D B Y C A S H M E R E C AT T L E C O . , A U S T R A L I A

PRAIRIE HILL LOADED UP 5E

paternal brother to GUNNER 460E and BELINDA 52E EM BRYOS

AVAILABLE

FR O M

RAINA OF P.A.R. 46B

dam of HOMETOWNGIRL 406H and GUNNER 460G

PRAIRIE HILL BELINDA 52E

2020 Stockade Roundup Senior Champion Female

WE BELIEVE THAT

GREAT COWS COME FROM GREAT COWS

Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant.” – ROBERT LOUIS S TEVENS ON

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Yearling bulls and heifers available from these breed leading sires.

[CAN]5270- PB

SIRE: Codiak Oscar 8S DAM: Codiak Willa GNK 13W MGS: Raven Meadows Magnum 10N

[CAN]7002-PT

SIRE: Moovin Zpotz Falcon 3X DAM: Codiak She’s Cute GNK15Z MGS: Legacy Unrivaled 12U

[CAN]4851- PT

SIRE: Clear View Ty 205R DAM: Codiak Unique GNK 8R MGS: Codiak Mr. Black RKW 13M

CODY AND RODI MURRAY

VISITORS ALWAYS WELCOME. s o n s

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780-831-5781 CDYMURRAY@YAHOO.CA

a v a i l a b l e

MX EL GUAPO MX DIRTY DEEDS 43D P.A.R. THROTTLE 66T [CAN]7409-PB

[CAN]6265-PB

[CAN]2705-PT

SIRE: P.A.R. CASANOVA 55C DAM: HIGH MAINTENANCE OF MX 103Z BW:82lb 205D:725lb 365D:1130lb SC:36.5cm MYOSTATIN NON-CARRIER HOMOZYGOUS BLACK HOMOZYGOUS POLLED

SIRE: CODIAK GNK 24X DAM: MELISSA OF P.A.R. 57U BW:83lb 205D:868lb 365D:1226 LB SC:44.5cm MYOSTATIN NON-CARRIER HOMOZYGOUS BLACK HOMOZYGOUS POLLED

SIRE: P.A.R. PAPA RAZI 6P DAM: ROB’N SON’S FARMS 6P BW:74lb MWT: 2465lb MSC:41cm MYOSTATIN NON-CARRIER HOMOZYGOUS BLACK HOMOZYGOUS POLLED

SEMEN QUALIFIED FOR:

SEMEN QUALIFIED FOR:

SEMEN QUALIFIED FOR:

call for pricing

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SEMEN ALSO AVAILABLE ON MX BIG GUN 105Z

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Semen Sells

He Sells

He Sells

He Sells

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Sons Sell

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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.

december 19, 2020 // saskatoon, sask.

the big chill sale

AUCTIONEER: CHRIS POLEY

The second annual Big Chill Sale was an online-only event due to COVID-19 regulations at the time. The genetics of Single Tree Shady Lady 14A were a highlight of the sale, with embryos selling for an average of $1,167/egg to Wattle Grove Speckle Park, Australia, and River Hill Farms, Neilburg, Sask.; the right to flush 14A was purchased by Codiak Acres, Ardrossan, Alta., for $8,750. JSF Naomi 88G, sired by JSF Unmarked 2D, was the top-selling heifer, going to McMurry Cattle of Billings, Mont., for $12,000. Pick of INC Cattle Co.’s 2020-born heifer calves was purchased for $11,000 by Prestwould Parke, Richmond, Va. Pick of their 2020-born bull calves was purchased for $9,500 by KFC Farms Ltd., Abbotsford, B.C.

8 bred heifers averaged $7,906 7 heifer calves averaged $6,021 1 pick of heifer calves sold $11,000 1 pick of bull calves sold $9,500 2 pregnant recipients averaged $5,500 1 right to flush sold $8,750 140 embryos averaged $1,016/embryo 140 units of semen averaged $116/straw

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

The sale grossed $304,200 on 50 lots, averaging $7,205 on the 19 live lots sold.

JSF Naomi 88G

JOHNE R STO CK FARM SO LD FO R

$12,000 to McMurry Cattle of Billings, Mont., USA

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Misty Fritz of Uneeda 130A U N EEDA FAR M SO LD F O R

$15,000 to MX Ranch & Rose Hill Speckle Park november 4, 2020 // lloydminster, sask.

homecoming speckle park sale AUCTIONEER: CHRIS POLEY

The Homecoming 2020 Speckle Park Sale was hosted in conjunction with the Stockade Roundup at Lloydminster, Sask. Prairie Hill Hometowngirl 406H (see page 36), sired by Willow Lane Freddie 2F, topped the heifer calf offering, selling to Topline Show Stock, Australia, for $18,250. The high-selling bred heifer was Outback Chromed Up 102G at $11,250 to Black Diamond Speckle Park, Australia. Embryos from the mating of CAJA Zeppelin 1B to Wren of P.A.R. 70E sold for $2,500 each to MX Ranch, Neilburg, Sask. The first offering of semen from Greenwood Headliner 71H averaged $132/ straw to Calico Creek Speckle Park, Codiak Acres, Edgewater Farm, Brent Porter, and Wilcox Livestock.

3 bred heifers averaged $9,583 13 heifer calves averaged $7,023 25 embryos averaged $1,158/embryo 70 units of semen averaged $119/straw

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

The sale grossed $157,350, averaging $7,503 on 16 live cattle.


AUCTIONEER: CHRIS POLEY

The Speckle Park breed celebrated the legendary contributions of the Sunderland family at their dispersal sale in October. The top-selling female was Misty Fritz of Uneeda 130A, sired by Uneeda Wonderbar 05W, was purchased by the partnership of MX Ranch, Neilburg, Sask., and Rose Hill Speckle Park, New South Wales, Australia, for $15,000. Emerald of Uneeda was the second highestselling female at $10,500, sired by P.A.R. Ascape 89A, and went to Wheaton Bros. Pty Ltd. and B & BH Guest, both of New South Wales, Australia.

11 cow-calf pairs averaged $9,055 22 bred females averaged $5,500 1 open female brought $10,000 4 bulls averaged $3,625 113 embryos averaged $480/embryo 20 units of semen averaged $40/straw

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

The sale grossed $300,100 on 54 lots, averaging $6,450 on 38 lots of live cattle. october 24, 2021 // neilburg, sask.

legendary ladies speckle park sale AUCTIONEER: CHRIS POLEY

Spots ‘N Sprouts 1B (see page 36) was the topselling female at $10,750; a daughter of Six Star 82U Royal Flesh 101Y, she was purchased by KFC Farms Ltd., Abbotsford, B.C. The highselling heifer calf was Ravenworth Lightning Lady 310H, sired by Wolf Lake Free Trade 42F, who went to Colgan’s Cattle Company Corp., Saskatoon, Sask., for $5,000. Notta Ranch opened up their tank to share an offering of semen from some of the breed’s most influential sires, and it was hotly contested, selling for $275325/unit to KFC Farms Ltd., Maple Lake Stock Farm, River Hill Farm, Spots N Sprouts Speckle Park, Underhill Specs, and Velian Farms.

6 cow-calf pairs averaged $5,200 16 cows averaged $4,547 5 bred heifers averaged $3,860 2 heifer calves averaged $4,750 3 bulls averaged $3,750 7 embryos averaged $357/embryo 124 units of semen averaged $144/straw

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

The sale grossed $164,360 on 39 lots, averaging $4,500 on 32 lots of live cattle.

SALESRESULTS

ALES

october 25, 2021 // lloydminster, sask.

uneeda farm and double s farm complete speckle park dispersal

october 17, 2020 // oberon, nsw

wattle grove speckle park annual sale AUCTIONEER: MICHAEL GLASSER

A new world record for the highest-selling Speckle Park bull was set at Wattle Grove’s annual sale. Wattle Grove Paperboy P503, a son of Codiak Putnam GNK 61Y, sold for AUD$68,000 to Stephen Ariss of Temple Mount Farm, Victoria, Australia. The topselling female was Wattle Grove 01B Niome Q506, a daughter of Avery Creek Banjo 01B, who was purchased by Gotcha Cattle Stud of New South Wales for AUD$31,000. The offering of the buyer’s choice of semen from a selection of proven Australian sires sold for $500/straw to AG & SG Chessells of Victoria, Australia. Toebelle Speckle Park, New South Wales, Australia, purchased the top embryos, a mating of Avery Creek Banjo 01B and Codiak Utah GNK 23U, for AUD$3,750/embryo.

21 bulls averaged $7,925 16 heifers averaged $9,421 24 embryos averaged $1,568/embryo 40 units of semen averaged $381/straw

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

The sale grossed AUD$891,100.

new world-record-selling bull

Wattle Grove Paperboy P503 Wattle Grove Speckle Park SOLD FOR

AUD$68,000

to Stephen Aris, Temple Mount Farm, Victoria

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

Andchris Hope 1H A NDC HR IS FAR MS SO LD FO R

$11,400 to Cashmere Cattle Co, Australia october 17, 2020 // brantford, ont.

autumn debutante speckle park sale

A U C T I O N E E R : B R E N T F E AT H E R S T O N

The inaugural Autumn Debutante sale sold cattle into Ontario, Quebec, Western Canada, and Australia. Andchris Hope 1H topped the heifer calf offering; a daughter of HS Untapped 3A, she was purchased by Cashmere Cattle Co. of Australia for $11,400. The high-selling bred heifer was Walkerbrae Ulysses Rose 43G, going to the partnership of Black Diamond Speckle Park, Australia, and Fleetwood Speckle Park, Iona Station, Ont., for a final bid of $9,700. Steele Cara Jane 2C and her heifer calf Steele Hailee Jane 220H topped the pairs, with the cow selling to Lehr Ranching, North Battleford, Sask., for $8,500, and the calf going to Fleetwood Speckle Park for $4,500.

1 cow-calf pair sold $13,000 13 bred heifers averaged $5,973 12 heifer calves averaged $5,219 2 pregnant recipients averaged $5,450 18 embryos averaged $850/embryo 36 units of semen averaged $140/straw

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

The sale grossed $195,840 on 37 lots of live cattle and genetics. homecoming speckle park sale

Prairie Hill Hometown Girl 406H P R A I RIE HIL L R ANC H SO LD FO R

$18,250 to Topline Show Stock, Australia

The third annual Ladies of the Fall sale was topped by River Hill Shomi-Fayth 7F, a daughter of River Hill 50U All In 60A. She went to KFC Farms Ltd., Abbotsford, B.C., at a final bid of $15,000. The high-selling yearling heifer was River Hill Ginette 95G, selected by Quantum 40 Ranch Inc., Barrhead, Alta. for $11,000. Two packages of Canadianqualified semen from Maungahina Kidman’s Cove sold for $525/straw to River Hill Farm, Neilburg, Sask., and Underhill Specs, Guelph, Ont. The high-selling embryos were from the mating of A&W 15R to Codiak Teressa GNK 12T, going to Golden Leaf Speckle Park, Richmond, Va., for $1,800/embryo.

SALESRESULTS

ALES october 5, 2020 // ardrossan, alta.

ladies of the fall

24 cows averaged $7,250 16 bred heifers averaged $7,344 6 embryos averaged $1,800/embryo 10 units of semen averaged $525/straw

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

The sale grossed $312,300 on 43 lots of live cattle and genetics.

River Hill Shomi-Fayth 7F R I VER H I LL FAR M SO LD F O R

$15,000 to KFC Farms Ltd., Abbotsford, B.C.

legendary ladies speckle park sale

Spots ‘N Sprouts 1B TW I N LAKE LI VESTO C K SO LD F O R

$10,750 to KFC Farms Ltd., Abbotsford, B.C.


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The Ducherers Box 37, Neilburg, SK S0M 2C0 Cory +1-780-870-7584 Barry +1-780-205-2478

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SEMEN AVAILABLE WOLF LAKE

FIELD READY

BW: 90 lbs (ET ) WW: 741 lbs

52F

PROGENY:

YW: 1180 lbs

DAM:NOTTA Y 9 9 R E G A Y R HILL 26T

SIRE: RIVE

HOMO BLACK HOMO POLLED MYO NON-CARRIER

PHO-FINISH

54P

Dan & Heather Brundige H: 780-573-2597 C: 780-812-9250 d_hbrundige@yahoo.ca

Thank you to ROBVALE SPECKLE PARK OAKVILLE, ONT., for purchasing 202H out of the Autumn Debutante Sale in October.

Grand Champion Female

A.O.B. DIVISION, PREMIER FALLSVIEW JACKPOT SHOW MILVERTON, ONT. Thanks to Shawn and Hank Weir for showing and fitting this heifer, and to Katie Elmhirst for taking halter on show day.

UNDERHILL ALL OUT 1D X STEELE WANDA FAE 5F (Codiak Putnam GNK 61Y x Upto Specs Wanda 22W)

Alex and Florence Steele

S T E E L E S P E C K L E PA R K THAMESFORD, ONT.

DESERT ACRES

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Our New Regina Location Is Now Open! Advancing Reproductive Solutions We provide owners use semen collection at our facility and we can produce domestic and export qualified semen in our new industry leading centre. Bow Valley Genetics offers complete embryo collection and transfer services on farm or at our donor centre.

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QUALITY & PERFORMANCE NEXT SALE 3rd SEPTEMBER 2021 60 Speckle Bulls & 30 Speckle Heifers “MOUNT MILL” COOLAH, NSW. AUSTRALIA

Dennis Power (61) 427 734 254 www.minnamurra.com.au

A L E X PATE M A N & N ATA LI E ME R Z “TEBRADDEN” BOWLES LANE RYLSTONE, 2849, NSW, AUSTRALIA

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SEMEN FOR SALE FROM CANADIAN AND AUSTRALIAN BULLS

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the benefits of

palpating heifers Many commercial and purebred producers, and even auction markets, are realizing the benefits of palpating heifers before breeding. Selection for reproductive soundness by any means possible (palpation, ultrasound, or genomics) is a necessary step in today’s modern cattle operations. This can also be done at the same time as herd pregnancy checking, and involves a more thorough exam than simply a determination of whether they are pregnant or not. Keep in mind, veterinarians may use palpation or ultrasound depending on which technique they are most comfortable with. Either technique will provide accurate results and increase conception rates when performed by an experienced practitioner. When palpating open heifers, we are looking for several things: an intact uterus, development of the reproductive tract, evidence of a freemartin twin, and unwanted pregnancy. Veterinarians basically want an adequately developed uterus with ovaries showing some sign that cycling is occurring; this is more critical the closer to breeding season that females are palpated. An intact uterus is necessary to conceive and evidence of cycling can be detected by palpating both ovaries. Various strategies for grading the development of the reproductive tract have been tried; these evaluate the size of the reproductive tract and degree of development of the ovaries. Palpation can also detect freemartin twins. In large herds, the records of twin calves can often be lost as twins are grafted to cows that have lost calves for various reasons. Freemartins, which are heifer calves born twin to a bull, can be detected by palpation as they often have only a very rudimentary uterus, or none at all. Conversely, in about 5 percent of cases, an intact uterus with two ovaries is present and these females, most times, will conceive. Keep in mind that certain breeds develop reproductively earlier than others. With the advent of very early-maturing breeds such as Gelbvieh, Angus, Simmental, and others, it is not unusual for unwanted pregnancies to occur when

breeding bulls are left out later in the season. By palpating early, these pregnant heifers can be identified and removed from the breeding group. If pregnant heifers are found, dialogue should ensue with your veterinarian regarding stage of pregnancy and whether the female should be aborted, left to calve, or marketed. If you decide to abort, be sure to identify the animal in case they have problems or you want to palpate them again to be sure that the abortion worked. Keep in mind, these females will need time to clean up for rebreeding and a percentage will not conceive. Aborted heifers often retain their placenta, so rebreeding can take longer than it would following a normal calving. If they are in early stages of pregnancy (less than four months) abortion is a possibility, as long as there is ample time for rebreeding. At this stage, I find they will clean up rather quickly (within a month) and be ready for rebreeding. My advice for heavily pregnant animals (seven months or greater) is to calve them out; a fair percentage will calve normally. Pelvimetry can also be performed at the same time as palpation. Both the Rice and Krautman pelvimeters are accurate in experienced hands. We measure the minimum height and maximum width of the pelvis. I am most familiar with the Krautman tool, which calculates pelvic size in square centimeters and predicts the birthweight in pounds that a heifer could deliver with little or no assistance. A cruder approach is to use your outstretched hand while palpating to identify very small pelvises. All three techniques are used to avoid potential caesarian sections or hard pulls next spring by eliminating small pelvises. We can select for larger pelvises while maintaining moderate body size. If palpating was missed last spring, you can incorporate pelvimetry into pregnancy checking in the fall to look for potential calving problems. If it’s done early enough to predict those that conceived in the first, second, or third cycle, the pregnancies can be staged. We need heifers calving right at the beginning of the calving season or even

“We need heifers calving right at the beginning of the calving season, or even a cycle earlier, so that they will rebreed early and remain in the herd their second year.”

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a cycle earlier so that they will rebreed early and remain in the herd their second year. Palpating also uncovers misshapen pelvises, adhesions (scar tissue), kidney infections, cystic ovaries, or other internal cysts and masses. The decision then becomes to market these animals or keep them as replacements. Any other conformational problems in the growth of the pelvis can also be determined at this time. If done early enough with an ultrasound, twins may be picked up so they can be segregated. Next, the ear tags are checked and any pre-breeding shots for IBR and BVD, including a multivalent blackleg and parasite control, are given as prescribed by your veterinarian. Be sure to vaccinate the bred heifers for scours, especially if you are bringing them into your herd. Taking weights at this time is a good way to compare heifers. It is often desirable to avoid selecting the most rapidly-growing heifers for replacements – avoid the top five percent, as they are often hormonally more like males, and as a result, conception rates are lower. If any genetic tests are desirable, especially with purebreds, your veterinarian will grab a hair or blood sample as well. In the future with more genomic testing, we will no doubt be adding to this list by selecting for disease resistance, parasite resistance and even fly resistance. Palpating while reading the ear tags makes it easier to get some of this useful selection information into your database along with the usual notations for feet and legs, body condition, and temperament. By tying in all these procedures with palpating, you will be going a long way toward selecting sound heifers that hopefully will be very productive and provide fertility and longevity to your herd. SPJ

Andrew & Christine Metcalfe Thamesford, onTario

tel 519-285-3675 cell 519-521-8761 email andchrisfarms@hotmail.com

LEADING DONORS AND EXCLUSIVE SIRES HARVESTED AT A CONTROLLED FLUSH STATION SHIPPING VIA SEMEX GLOBAL CREDIT CARD EASE OF PURCHASE CALF REGISTRATION ASSISTANCE

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.

UNDERHILL SPECS

JORDON, DONNA, HAYDEN & STERLING UNDERHILL

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John and Dale Herbert | Steve and Amy Herbert CALL

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VINCE & DONNA SAUNDERS Debbie, Clayton & Dustin Spencer

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Harv & Fran Fehr

Hague, Saskatchewan

306.290.6780 306.229.0092 E: highmark.hf@gmail.com

OOUTBACK

Bulls, Females, emBryos & semen For sale By Private treaty

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annual Consignors to the Big Chill sale David 306-893-2714 C: 780-205-4630 jsf3@sasktel.net Justin 306-893-2667 C: 306-248-1305 johnerbulls@gmail.com www.JohnerStockFarm.net

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Wayne & Linda Meakin

STURGEON COUNTY, ALBERTA, CANADA

S I D & A N N E H O L L I E R • DORSET, UK t: (44) 01 300 320343 c: 07973 390244 sidhollier@hotmail.com

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Makenzie Olson

Tisdale, saskaTchewan

REGISTERED & COMMERCIAL SPECKLE PARK

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We are excited to be offering our first bulls for sale this spring by private treaty. Our herd has been developed with a focus on function first, ensuring that the cattle have excellent feet and leg structure, their mothers have beautiful udders, and that they possess the efficiency that Speckle Park are so well known for. Give us a call to take a look!

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Ripley, Ontario Travis Beishuizen t_beishuizen@hotmail.com 519-441-8018

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