18 Sep 2020

Crazy about Canadian cattle

From Country Life, 9:30 pm on 18 September 2020

Tapanui farmer Mark Tiller came across the Speckle Park cattle breed several years ago while managing a local dairy farm.

Now he's breeding the cattle full time under the Aniwaniwa Stud name.

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Photo: RNZ / Cosmo Kentish-Barnes

Speckle Park is an eye-catching Canadian breed developed from three British breeds: Teeswater Shorthorn, Aberdeen Angus and a British white.

Three years ago Mark visited some breeders in Canada to select different bloodlines and brought back 24 embryos.

Since then, he's purchased two cows in Canada that are flushed every year for eggs.

Mark has been gradually building up his herd and plans to have his first on-farm purebred Speckle Park cattle auction next year.

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Photo: RNZ / Cosmo Kentish-Barnes


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