Speckle Park cattle were originally developed in Canada and are quickly growing across the world. This fast-growing breed is a carcass and maternal oriented purebred. Cattle are polled, of British-bred origin and moderate frame size. The four distinct color patterns initially attract some to the breed. Those soon find out their unique color patterns are a bonus for the value that lies beneath the hide. All registered Speckle Park cattle are held to the same high standards. Cattle must be DNA parent verified to both sire and dam and tested for three key traits prior to registration.
The ability to thrive in extreme climates makes Speckle Park a versatile breed for varying geographical locations. Developed in Saskatchewan, Canada where winters plummet below -22° and summer heat waves reach in the high 90's, Speckle Park easily adjust to temperature variations. This breed has quickly gained recognition for adapting to weather conditions, while maintaining fertility in females and rate of gain on calves. This hardy breed offers an excellent alternative in climates where environmental tolerance is needed for optimal performance.
- Feed Efficient
- Low Maintenance and Easy Keeping
- Exceptional Environmental Tolerance
- Strong Maternal Instincts
- Vigorous Newborns
- Calving Ease
While Speckle Park cattle are genetically black with varying amounts of white in specific patterns, the speckle pattern is preferred. The other patterns listed below are accepted as well.
The classic speckle pattern is predominately black with a white top line and underline, with speckled hips and shoulders, and with a black or roan face.
The leopard pattern shows more white than the speckle pattern. On the leopard pattern the black sides of the speckle pattern are broken into a series of definite black spots. The number and size of the spots varies greatly from animal to animal. Some leopards have predominately white sides with only a few black spots on their sides. The leopard also has a white top line and underline. In genetic terms the classic speckle pattern and the leopard pattern appear to be the same with the only different being the number of spots as determined by unidentified modifiers.
Pointed White animals are predominantly white on the body and face but always have black points. The ears, nose, skin around the eyes, muzzle and the lower portions of the legs including the hooves are black. These same points are black on all the other color patterns.
Solid black animals do occur in purebred Speckle Park animals and can be registered. A calf resulting in the mating of two sold black parents is not eligible for registration.