The crowd spilled out the doors, competing to place top bids on some of the breed’s best at the fifth annual Summit 3 Speckle Park Sale. The event underwent a number of changes – moving to Codiak Acres’ farm on a new date, and switching to a video sale format – but snow and mud couldn’t damper the enthusiasm of the crowd at Ardrossan, Alberta.
The sale saw bidders from across Canada and around the world competing for genetics from Codiak Acres of Ardrossan, Alta.; River Hill Farm from Neilburg, Sask. and Wattle Grove Speckle Park, Australia. More than 350 commercial cattle producers, Speckle Park enthusiasts, and purebred breeders appraised the cattle on-site and online.
The high-selling bull was purchased by the “Oh My Gosh” syndicate for $30,000; He was Codiak Oh My Gosh GNK 60A, a stout, high-performance bull from one of Codiak’s premier cow families. The yearling bulls sold steadily, and were topped by River Hill Backgrounder 025B, who sold to P.A.R. Ranch of Lashburn, Sask. Heifers were hotly contested again this year, with the high-selling heifer being River Hill Beyonce 57B, sold to 4G Cattle Co., at a value of $15,000. Frozen genetics sold into Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario.
Several buyers purchased in volume: Steve Butler, Burnell & Laurel Martin, and Sunrise Ranch.
The sale grossed $390,875 on 51 lots of live cattle and genetics. The breakdown was as follows:
15 – extra-age bulls averaged $9,033.33
22 – yearling bulls averaged $6,300.00
8 – open heifers averaged $11,218.75
12 – embryos averaged $1,106.25/embryo
30 – units of semen averaged $191.67/straw