History


At the turn of the last century, there were cattle around Lloydminster in Saskatchewan, Canada that had derived from Shorthorns and from cattle that displayed the Park colour pattern.

By 1953 Mary Lindsay of Lloydminster had gathered together animals which displayed the breed characteristic colour pattern.

In 1958, Beef cattle breeders, Bill and Eileen Lamont, of Maidstone, SK who at that time were breeding Angus cattle and Appaloosa horses bought their first speckled cattle from Mary and began a breeding programme with their purebred cattle.   Lamonts named the cattle Speckle Park – Speckle for the colour pattern and Park for the white with points pattern of the English cattle. The resulting offspring came in a variety of colour patterns, some white with black points, some leopard coloured (spotted on their sides ) and some black sided with speckled hips, white top and underline and roan faces.

Other beef cattle breeders saw them come through the cattle markets and bringing a premium price. Their interest grew in these hardy, heavy milking and distinctly marked cattle to the stage they started purchasing bulls and females from the Lamont's to try them in their herds. Within a few short years a dedicated group of breeders were now breeding Speckle Park cattle mainly from the Nielburg area of northern Saskatchewan. 

In 1985 with the help and support of nine of those other Saskatchewan cattlemen the Canadian Speckle Park Association was formed. Their aim from there on was to stabilize the breed and have them recognized as a pure breed.

On June 4, 1993, Agriculture Canada approved the incorporation of the Canadian Speckled Park Association and Speckle Parks were declared an EVOLVING breed of cattle. 

Unlike most other countries, Canada's Minister of Agricultural and through the Animal Pedigree Act insist on anyone trying to start a new breed have to go through stringent protocol procedures to have the breed declared a "DISTINCT BREED". This comes after the period of time the breed is in the EVOLVING breed status, all of which is overseen by Government Authorities. Stabilizing Breed characteristics and keeping pedigrees are two major protocols that have to be upheld.

On July 6th 2006 the Minister for Agriculture announced the SPECKLE PARK BREED a DISTINCT PURE BEED the first and only breed to be developed in Saskatchewan CANADA.

2007: Speckle Parks were introduced into Australia by Speckle Park Cattle Co and into New Zealand by Lindsay Jones in partnership with Maunghahina Stud and Waio Stud.  The association was established in 2008 and the first New Zealand member joined in 2010.  Now there are thousands of Speckle Parks in both New Zealand and Australia.

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