Seven Up – Applecross Cattle Present our 2019 Fleckvieh Equation Sale Heifers
We are pleased to present seven bred heifers at Transcon’s 2019 Fleckvieh Equation Sale on December 22th, at 1pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta. There is always a great cross section of genetics available at this prestigious event, and we are proud to be part of this progressive group of breeders.
After three consecutive ‘best ever’ heifer calf crops, we feel we have been able offer a pretty free reign to Transcon in their 2019 heifer selections. The picks this year include the first two NUG Delmonte 81D daughters, the last three direct FGAF WowEffect progeny, a fancy Kitimat heifer and a really intriguing homo-polled Rambo daughter.
On the dam side, cow families continue to form the foundation of what we do, and it is quite common to see multiple generations of our females sharing the same pasture (even when we split heifers and bulls into separate groups!). The bedrock of our herd was built upon four original cows that we selected at Dora Lee to anchor our operation in Alberta. While only the youngest (Christina) is still walking here, those four cows have been very prolific with many descendants anchoring our program. Each of Dora Lee Jewel (‘Rose’), Dora Lee Evangaline (‘Noelle’), DLD Lady Western 48R (‘Brienne’) and Dora Lee Christina (‘Catrina’) have progeny that were selected for this years’ sale. Another early acquisition was Spruceburn Pauline, who was our choice of Bill & Donna McMurty’s bred heifer pen back in 2009. She founded our ‘P-line’ and gave us multiple stand out daughters. Our sales string this year features two of her maternal grand-daughters in ‘Penny’ and ‘Paulina’. The dam of our last heifer, Wolfe’s Dawn, was selected direct from Equation in 2017 with ‘Yvonne’ still in the womb. Dawn has had an impressive start here at Applecross, with her 2019 bull calf being one of the few selected for next years’ bull pen. Together, these heifers form a really neat group that will clearly showcase the direction we are taking our program.
Individual pages (short-cut links are on the right), have been created for each of ‘Brienne’, ‘Catrina’, ‘Noelle’, ‘Paulina’, ‘Penny’, ‘Rose’ and ‘Yvonne’. On the individual pages, we have also pictured their sires, dams and siblings. Maternal lines are very important to us, and we feel that behind each outstanding female, is an outstanding cow family – so hopefully sharing pictures provides a better glimpse into the extended pedigree.
The heifers all have quiet temperaments and are used to being around people. We like quiet cattle. We preg-checked in mid-October and the vet feels that all eight are safe to early breeding dates – within a 6 week window that originates with their AI date.
Also, due to the late sales date this year, we expect all of our heifers to be very heavy in calf. For any out of province buyers, we are willing to take the heifers home and calve them out. While ‘stuff’ can happen, we would much prefer that ‘stuff’ to happen at our place, instead of having a disaster occur during the stress of a truck ride.
The Heifers are also vaccinated with ViraShield and Covexin Plus. They will be treated with Dectomax and given Scourguard prior to sale day.
The 2019 Fleckvieh Equation promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great day on December 22nd at Westerner Park.