Speckle Park History
First Canadian Visit
In 2007 Mark made a trip to the Canadian Agribition where Speckle Park cattle caught his eye. He spent hours looking at the general makeup and structure of the breed. Mark found them to be well structured, moderate framed and soft, easy keeping cattle. The further he looked into the breed it became clear that they are easily one of the most exciting breeds for an ever changing environment. They are able to adapt to extreme in temperatures -35 below to +35 degrees, yet achieve the ideal carcass qualities for what the beef industry is striving for, high marbling with low fat cover.
Speckle Park New Zealand
In 2006 Bruce McKenzie and Raymond Matthews first viewed the Speckle Park cattle at the Canadian Agribition. In 2007 Mark looked over them and was impressed by the cattle. In 2008 Maungahina and Waiorongomai formed a Partnership, Speckle Park NZ, with 130 imported embryos and semen from Canada. 70 pure bred calves over the two years resulted in the best genetics selected in Canada. After an extensive breeding programme flushing our own cows and using our own embryos, semen and bulls we established a tremendous herd of Speckle Park cattle. In 2013 we reached the herd numbers required to split the stock between Maungahina and Waiorongomai as planned. Now in 2014 Maungahina Speckles will continue to breed and use the best genetics available from Canada and Australia to grow the exciting cattle that I know once you try, you will continue to use as they are that good.
Canadian Breed History
In 1959, when Eileen and Bill Lamont of Maidstone, Saskatchewan, Canada, brought their first speckled heifer from Mary Lindsay of Greenstreet, Saskatchewan, they didn’t realise the ‘wheels they had set in motion’. The Lamonts were breeders of Appaloosa horses and Angus cattle and thought the cattle would go well with their herds. Mary Lindsay had spotted a red roan heifer in her father’s herd a few years before and because she was interested in unusual colours she bought the heifer. Regardless of the herd sire she bred the cow to it always produced calves with that colour pattern. It is believed that the heifer was a descendent of a Teeswater Shorthorn and a bull which had the White Park colour pattern. The Lamonts crossed their speckled cows with the black Angus bulls. The resulting offspring came in a variety of colour patterns, some white with black points, some leopard coloured and some black sided with speckled hips, white top and underline and roan faces.
The Lamonts grew very interested and decided to attempt to develop a new breed. Interest in the cattle grew, not only with cattlemen but also the press. A trio of Speckle Park steers made the trip to the Royal Winter Fair in Toronto in 1972. They were featured in Case International Publications under a section on “Minority Breeds in Canada”. Around 1983 Lloyd Pickard, a cattle promoter and Angus breeder, included a few pages about the Speckle Park in his book “100 Years of Angus in Canada”.