Speckle Park took Grand Champion Carcass in a competition of 48 at the Better Quality Beef Competition at the Calgary Stampede, July 19, 2010.
The winning steer belonged to Ken Malterer of Ponoka, Alta. This steer graded AAA 30 marbling with a rib eye of 88 sq.cm. and a carcass weight of 719.4 lbs. The Reserve Champion was owned by Barry Ducherer of Neilburg, Sask., with AAA 50 marbling, a rib eye of 93 sq.cm. and a carcass weight of 673 lbs. Barry Ducherer is a repeat winner in this competition. Ken Malterer also owned the third place winner.
Speckle Park had six of the top 10 placings (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 7th, 10th). As a group these steers re-enforce the reputation of Speckle Park as the breed that consistently produces consistent, moderate sized, highly marbled carcasses with the optimum degree of back fat.
And these carcasses come in addition to the rancher’s desire for calving ease, low birth weight vigorous calves from easy fleshing, well pigmented, manageable mothers.
Speckle Park and the Calgary Stampede
2006 – Speckle Park won first, second and fourth in this competition. Barry Ducherer of River Hill Farm Ltd., Neilburg, Sask., won the Grand Champion that year.
2004 – For the second year in a row a Speckle Park heifer carcass won the Grand Champion “Halter to Hook” competition for heifers. Another win for Wayne and Arlene Gould, A&W Farms Ltd., Islay, Alta.
2003 – A Speckle Park heifer carcass won the Grand Champion “Halter to Hook” competition for heifers. Gary Kiziak of Codiak Acres, Ardrossan, Alta., was the owner.
2001 – The first Speckle Park carcass was named Grand Champion in the Stampede’s Sterling Silver Carcass Competition. Owned by Wayne and Arlene Gould, A&W Farms Ltd., Islay, Alta.
Prize Money: This year’s Speckle Park winner of the Quality Beef Competition received the Stampede’s prize of $3,000 plus the value of the carcass and a breed specific bonus. Ken Malterer enjoyed a special windfall this year, since a trio of Speckle Park producers – Codiak Acres, River Hill Stock Farm and Six Star Speckle Park – put up an extra bonus of $5,000 for any Speckle Park that won the Stampede’s Quality Beef Competition.
In the Barns: These Speckle Park steers and heifers produce these carcasses without special feed or any special treatment. If you hang out in the stalls, it turns out that Ken Malterer’s winning carcass belonged to “Bubblegum” his daughter Kaitlin’s 4-H project. Malterers breed and feed out their own Speckle Park, but Bubblegum was bred by Barry Ducherer. The 2004 heifer carcass was finished on hay, some oats and water --very efficient production of beef of the highest quality. Many of the SP carcasses come to the competition after being 4-H projects.