Outback, down under, you can say it anyway you like, they have landed, or at least the progeny of our herd has.
We can now confirm the arrival of the first 100% Legacy bred calves on the ground in Australia. In 2018, the last two sons from the legendary Legacy Brute Force were purchased, Legacy Cliff Hanger 65D & Legacy Revere 110D. Following collection of these two total outcross sires, a flushing program was initiated with the infamous Legacy herd using both of these sires. October 2018 saw the first embryos arrive in Australia.
Our herd has been virtually closed for many years whilst we concentrated on breeding the truest and correct examples of the Speckle Park breed. We are now well on the way towards replicating this superior genetic herd base in Australia that has taken us 18 years of dedication to perfect in Canada. With larger flushing programs currently underway in Canada this year, and again over the next few years, this venture of new Outcross Sire and Dam lines will see 100% Legacy bred calves being available in Australia for many years to come. It is important to note that these animals will not be just called “Legacy” by name or contain 25% to 50% Legacy blood, they are full blood descendants of the Legacy Speckle Park Herd.
But First, Why did Legacy Speckle Park set out to create a total outcross herd by developing their very own pedigrees? And to do this selection in an isolated environment of genetics? Early on in the breed around 2001, we foresaw that use of limited new AI sires and the continued reuse of “same blood” bulls could ruin the establishment of the fledgling Speckle Park breed and therefore felt the need to broaden the gene pool to better serve the breed in the future. During this journey we became frustrated with many of the bulls and females purchased as they did not live up to our selection pressures. As a result, the animals that performed under this strict selection criteria have become fixtures within our pedigrees; those that failed have been removed from the gene pool.
Australia has long been a market that deserved serious attention and now it is a reality. Our collaboration is now seeing the first calves arrive, and we will continue to scale up the herd building over the next couple of years. We felt to best serve the market in Australia we needed to establish a significant multiplier herd there, to generate and replicate living sires to walk the pastures down under and to allow Australian cattle producers to evaluate these animals in their Aussie environment.
Many of us have heard in recent times about powerful sires within the breed, so we would invite you to take some time and have a look at the Legacy Brute Force video on the Sires page to see superior genetic selection in action.
Please contact any one of us to discuss the future of Legacy Speckle Park in Australia.