New Addition at Applecross
We have been successful in acquiring ‘Delta-Rho Miss Marnie’ at the recent Fleckvieh Forum Sale, held in conjunction with Bar 5’s Extravaganza on October 2nd. We couldn’t make it to the event, but were very fortunate to have Dad there to look over Marnie for us. It is great to be able to have ‘eyes’ in two places at once, when we can’t make it back to Ontario.
There are a lot of factors that drew us to Marnie, not the least of which was her sire, Well House Kestrel. We are very familiar with this classic sire, as Mom & Dad have utilized him extensively. Our favourite daughter of his was SRN Ms. Bestrel 7Y who walked the Dora Lee pastures in the 1990’s and produced some really impressive offspring. The ‘classic division’ of our program in now
essentially complete. With Marnie’s addition, we now have direct daughters of Well House Kestrel, King Arthur, Antonius and Sim-Roc C&B Western all walking our pastures.
We are, as mentioned, quite happy to have added a Kestrel daughter to our herd, but at the same time there are a lot of other factors (her feet and udder, bred to a calving bull and her temperament / halter breaking) that played into our decision to buy her. Quiet cattle are very important to us, as we really enjoy walking the cow herd without them being disturbed. The Rauscher’s at Delta Rho also had a DNA profile completed on Marnie, which we used as another ‘piece of the puzzle’. It is nice know that Marnie has the genetic potential to be very feed efficient, and will hopefully pass that trait on to her offspring.
Pictured here, fresh off the truck, Marnie fits in quite well with our bred heifer group, and we look forward to an exciting calf in January. We certainly know her service sire, Eclipse, well. We are confident Marnie will be an important part of our cow herd for many years to come.