Our Journey as Producers of Fleckvieh Simmental Cattle.

Archive for February, 2012

Our Entries to the 2012 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale

We are pleased to present two herd bull prospects at Transcon’s 2012 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale on March 19th at 1:00pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta.  This is our second year at this event, and we are proud to be included in the strong offering that is always presented by this progressive group of breeders.

Both of this year’s entries are sired by Dora Lee Jake.  I was with Dad when he purchased Jake’s dam, MRLN Josette, as an open heifer from the 1995 Fleck Select sale.  We were incredibly happy when the legendary Bob Gordon selected Jake, her first son, to go to stud at ALTA in 1998; and now, 12 years later, we are able to tap into these proven Fleckvieh genetics in our own herd here at Applecross.   While Jake may be better known for his daughters (Dora Lee Amelia – a flush cow at Wa-Na-La-Pa, and Dora Lee Elexis – dam of Dora Lee Eclipse and donor in the Anchor D program), we are quite impressed with how these two sons have developed.    Both bulls balance the performance of their sire with strong maternal traits from their young dams.

Individual pages (short-cut links are located in the right-hand column) have been created for both ‘Joshua’ and ‘Jackson’.  Both bulls are heavily pigmented, have moderate (90-100 lb) birth weights, show lots of muscling, and have tremendous hair coats. The bulls have been developed on a ration of free-choice quality first cut hay, combined with a forage based pellet by Country Junction. The bulls are housed in a 5 acre paddock to ensure lots of exercise, have been tie-broke, and have quiet temperaments.

On the individual pages, we have also pictured the dams. Maternal lines are very important to us, and we feel that behind every great bull is an outstanding mother. We also have additional information and pictures available about the maternal grand dams; should it be of interest. As some people prefer paper copies, we also have individual bull profiles available in PDF format that can be e-mailed and printed, or sent by regular mail. Please let us know if you would like any additional information on any of our animals.

The 2012 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great day on March 19th at Westerner Park.

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Applecross @ Work

APLX Santana 11Y - pictured at 7 months

We have added a new section to the website entitled ‘Applecross @ Work’.  Featured in individual pages located under this tab, the section highlights some of the growing number of animals we have sold that we believe will leave their mark on the industry.  We hope to be able to add pictures of their progeny in the future.  The first two bull to be featured are of course,  the full brothers, Ensign 2X and Envoy 2Y.

We are also very pleased to add APLX Santana 11Y to the list.  Santana (pictured above), is an exciting young herd bull purchased by Wayne Falardeau / Wa-Na-La-Pa Simmentals.   Solid red except for that small spot on his forehead, Santana will add some really unique outcross genetics to Wayne’s diamond headed/solid red full Fleckvieh Program.