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VIDEO: Ag Ex debuts Speckled Park cattle

Speckled Park cattle are more common in northwestern Saskatchewan, but they’ve made their way onto the Ag Ex schedule this year

Manitoba breeders have a new breed to show locally.

The Provincial Exhibition of Manitoba’s Ag Ex is already one of the biggest stops for Manitoba cattle breeders, with at least one breed usually crowning its national champion every year in Brandon.

This  is the first year, however, that Speckled Park has been in the mix. The moderately framed breed is instantly recognizable by its multicoloured, speckled coat and is often touted for its thrifty feed needs, well-marbled meat and low fat.

For Darla Sauter of Second Chance Speckle Parks, it’s the difference between driving to the other side of her province, and an easy jaunt from her home in Fairlight, Sask, to Brandon, Man.

Most Speckle Park breeders are still in northeastern Saskatchewan, close to where the breed originated, she said, although herds have since spread to south eastern Saskatchewan and Manitoba in recent years.

The Canadian Speckle Park Association currently lists four breeders in Manitoba.

For the full story and more coverage of Ag Ex 2018, be sure to pick up our next edition of the Manitoba Co-operator.

Video downloaded via Twitter @AlexisStockford.

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Alexis Stockford is a journalist and photographer with the Manitoba Co-operator. She previously reported with the Morden Times and was news editor of  campus newspaper, The Omega, at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC. She grew up on a mixed farm near Miami, Man.

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