Where did Speckle Park originate?
Canada. Speckle Park were not imported into Canada from anywhere but are Real Canadian! Speckle Park started in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan and were then developed in the provinces of Saskatchewan and Alberta. [ Read more ]
When did Speckle Park come into existence?
In the early 1960's. [ Rearn more ]
What breeds make up Speckle Park?
British breeds! The original speckled heifer is understood to have been the descendant of Teeswater Shorthorns and a bull of the white park colour pattern. These animals gave Speckle Park their distinctive colour patterns. These were then consistently bred to black Angus to create what is now known as 'Speckle Park'. [ Learn more ]
Why would one want to raise Speckle Park?
Speckle Park consistently and efficiently produce medium sized high quality well marbled carcasses without any excess of back fat. Speckle Park have other traits which make them attractive to cattlemen: calving ease, vigorous calves, polled, quiet, easy keeping. [ Learn more ]
Are Speckle Park distinct breed?
Yes. Speckle Park are a purebred breed! On July 6 of 2006, Speckle Park were granted distinct breed status by the Canadian Minster of Agriculture according to the terms of Canada's Animal Pedigree Act.
Who registers Speckle Park?
The Canadian Speckle Park Association registers Speckle Park cattle and the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation in Ottawa, Canada, is the Association’s Registrar. [ Read more about the Canadian Livestock Records Corporation ]
Will the Canadian Association register Speckle Park born in countries other than Canada?
Yes. The Canadian Speckle Park Association is pleased to assist breeders in other countries by registering their Speckle Park born outside of Canada. Their registration of course must be in accordance with the Association’s rules of eligibility.
Where can I find the rules of eligibility for registering Speckle Park?
The rules of eligibility for registering Speckle Park cattle are stated in the By-laws of the Canadian Speckle Park Association. Speckle Park are registered in three categories – purebred, percentage and appendix. Upon first reading the details may seem overwhelming. For clarification and to talk it through, please contact the Association’s office. [ Click here to view a PDF of the by-laws ] [ Contact the Association’s office ]
Do I have to be a Canadian to be a member of the Canadian Association?
No! The Canadian Association welcomes none Canadian members. All members receive regular email updates, notices of annual general meetings, by-law amendments, and newsletters. [ Click here to apply for membership ]
What about the old categories used when Speckle Park were being developed?
Before becoming a distinct breed Speckle Park were recorded as being identified or recognized and their status was recorded as seed stock or A, F1, F2, F3, etc. These categories are no longer used and were replaced by Purebred, Percentage or Appendix. The papers may be converted to the new terminology when they are submitted to the Association's Registrar.
Is the Canadian Speckle Park Herd Book now closed?
Yes. In order to become a distinct pure breed of cattle the Association had to close the Speckle Park Herd Book. The Herd Book was in effect closed at the end of 2006. The period for examination and approval for eligibility as Foundation Stock emded at the same time.
Can I use other breeds to breed up to purebred Speckle Park?
No. With the end of 2006 the Speckle Park herd book was effectively closed to breeding up from purebred black Angus. The Percentage Speckle Park which are registered with the Association will continue to be “bred up” until they achieve the status of purebred.
Is every animal with one of the Speckle Park colour patterns a Speckle Park?
No. It takes more than a colour pattern to make a Speckle Park. The development of every breed of livestock includes a phenotype, a genotype and some history and geography. Other breeds of cattle may share the phenotypical colour patterns of Speckle Park without actually being Speckle Park.