Micro/Mini Speckle Park
The Micro Miniature Canadian Classic
Speckle Park is one of the fastest growing beef cattle breeds in the world. Developed in Canada, they are a carcase-orientated yet maternal purebred. They are polled, of British-bred origin, and moderate in frame size. Speckle Park express tremendous hybrid vigour in a first cross, and they are widely known for high yields and softness of carcase.
Speckle Park cattle come in four distinct colour patterns: speckled, leopard, white with black points, and solid black. Their colour pattern is what attracts some to the breed, while for others it is a mere bonus for the highly valuable attributes they lay beneath their attractive hide. Speckled- and leopard-coloured animals are genetically the same in terms of the inheritance of colour patterns.
Early calf vigour, hardiness in dry conditions, and excellent feed conversion rates are three major attributes of the Speckle Park breed. They adapt well to -40 deg C Canadian Winters. They are early-maturing, and get back in calf despite adverse weather conditions. There is also a growing demand for Speckle Park bulls as “dairy beef” sires in the dairy industry.
When it comes to Speckle Park, the animals are attractive but it is what’s underneath that is the true prize! Speckle Park produce high carcase dressing percentages – 60%-plus is common in a first cross – and great meat eating quality. The meat is juicy, flavoursome and tender.
For many Speckle Park breeders, what they value most about this breed is their quiet temperaments. A key to greater weight gains and a safer, low stress working environment is to work with docile cattle, and Speckle Park – managed properly - tick that box. Their more moderate frame size assists in making them enjoyable to work with.
At Silver Prairie Stock & Poultry Farm / Socrates Petting Zoo we breed specifically for miniature and micro sized Speckle Park cattle and select animals based on size when selecting for breeding stock.