A Commercial Perspective When the time comes to select your bull for commercial cows, there are a lot of things to consider. Lets start with “breed” as there is a variety from British to Exotic. Then there is the color within the breed! Now you can start thinking of Speckle Park as well. One characteristic should never change and that is quality and we can find that in all breeds. Each producer has the ability to select what suits him or her best. As long as quality prevails, any combination should give you great results. As a purebred producer we strive for quality and consistency. We like what we have found in Speckle Park. A breed of exceptional quality. A breed that shows shape and muscle pattern on a greater percentage of the calves. As we started into this breed of Speckle Park, we used the bulls on a cross section of commercial cows. Just as we had suspected, they exceeded our expectations. Quality again rises to the forefront. The same cows bred Polled Hereford or Angus showed more consistency when bred Speckle Park. The cross was exciting and so was the color. Speaking of color well that is a mystery, as there is really no prediction on color. That can be exciting as well. In a declining cow market with fewer young enthusiasts wanting in the business, a little surprise at calving keeps you keen. Speckle Park numbers are increasing. The demand will always be there for ease of calving and feed conversion. A very popular meat market is being established especially in Australia. A frequent question has been, “Am I going to be discounted on the market by using Speckle Park bulls?” “Not anymore,” is our response. There was a time this might have been the case but as we move forward, we are seeing changes to this idea. Feedlot numbers are increasing with positive results of feed conversion and grading. And don’t forget how good the taste is. We have customers to prove it! A bull is the most important part of your breeding program. You purchase a bull for heifers you keep more than for the calves you sell. The selection of quality may cost you an extra buck or two but well worth the dollars spent. So as you consider your selection of a bull this bull sale season, seriously consider a Speckle Park influence in your herd. Here at JSF we are a believer in this breed and the direction it is going. We would be happy to answer any questions you have. Stop in and see the Speckle Park here, anytime it suits you.
Johner Stock Farm Private Treaty Bull Sale