Congratulations to the Speckle Park breed and all the hard working persistent Speckle breeders.
Today, July 6, is the 10th Anniversary to the day when Speckle Park became a Distinct Breed in Canada.
On July 6, 2006, the Articles of Incorporation of the Canadian Speckle Park Association were amended to Distinct Breed according to the terms of Canada’s Animal Pedigree Act. Four days later, July 10th a Speckle Park carcass won outright the Quality Beef Competition at the Calgary Stampede and swept second and third as well.
Today, July 6th, the registration number 6051 was assigned to the purebred American bred heifer TIMELY MANOR EMBER 1B -- bred and owned by Ronald Carty Jr. of Pemberton, New Jersey, U.S.A. Ember is a timely reminder of the popularity of Speckle Park not only in Canada but in Australia, Ireland, England and the United States.
This heifer marks the 6,753rd Speckle Park to receive a number from the Association. Before July 2006 bulls were identified with a letter and then with an alpha-numeric combination. Hence the number of Speckle Park in the Speckle Park Herd Book is 6,753.
“Cow #1” with the Association’s number 1 was bred by Mary Lindsay and owned by Bill and Eileen Lamont – all in Saskatchewan. Cow #1 was born in 1961. Spotted Bandy was the first bull assigned a “registration letter” – the letter A. Bandy was bred and owned by Bill Lamont and born in 1969.
As of today the Association’s membership is 161 up from129 at the end of 2015. In 2015 the Association registered 752 Speckle Park is a very dramatic increase over the previous year.
The Canadian Speckle Park Association was incorporated on June 4th 1993 and the Association’s first set of By-laws received Ministerial Approval on February 14, 1995.