Canadian Speckle Park Cattle
The Canadian Speckle Park is a breed of cattle native to the province of Saskatchewan, Canada and one of only a few breeds of cattle developed there. It is a new breed, officially recognized in 2006 by the Canadian government. The breed association was formed in 1985 with the breed being exported to the United States and Australia.
The breed’s development began in the 1950s by crossbreeding a roan Shorthorn heifer and a Black Angus bull. The offspring became spotted and a new breed was born. More offspring were produced in the coming years to officially recognize a new breed, and in 1985 the Speckle Park Breeders Association was formed. The name was later changed to The Canadian Speckle Park Association.
The speckle park in the name refers to the color pattern of the breed. Speckle for the various spots on the rear quarters and throughout the body, and park for the color around the eyes, ears, muzzle, lower legs and udder of the cow. The breed also has a white line on the back and underbelly. The spots are prominent on the rear and shoulders and the breed has a black or roan face.
Two pattern types are common. The classic or leopard speckle pattern is white with small black spots. The other pattern consists of the animal being mostly white with black points. Solid colored offspring are also born and live among the herds and some cattle have red speckled patterns.
Image Caption: Canadian Speckle Park Cattle in Stampede Park, Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Credit: Seerig/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)