Our Journey as Producers of Fleckvieh Simmental Cattle.

Equation 2020: The Fabulous Four

Our 2020 Equation Heifers, from left: Paprika, Lyanna, Cabernet and Tanis

We are pleased to present four bred heifers at Transcon’s 2020 Fleckvieh Equation Sale on December 20th, 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.

This year we are showcasing progeny from four of our young cows that each have lots of potential.  In addition to the bred heifers selected for Equation 2020, all four dams weaned off big calves again this year that have subsequently been retained for further development in either the bull or open heifer groups.  Three of the dams are FGAF WowEffect daughters, a bull who has not only left a legacy here, but whose progeny has also impressed in the sales ring.  The fourth dam is an intriguing Banker daughter, who was our selection from the Virginia Ranch program at Western Harvest 2018.

It is Virginia Ms Chardonnay’s first daughter who will lead our 2020 string to Red Deer.  ‘Cabernet’, is a dark red, heavily pigmented, head turner that already carries massive volume.   There does not appear to be many Kuntz Gudas daughters on offer this fall, so ‘Cabernet’ will represent a unique combination of Seldom, SouthSeven Mr Adonis, Jeremiah and Laredo spread across the four quarters of her pedigree.  And she sure has the looks to balance her depth of pedigree!   

‘Tanis’ and ‘Lyanna’ are three-quarter sisters that combine WowEffect with NUG Delmonte, and represent two of our proven cow families.  ‘Tanis’ traces back to our foundation HEMR Tasha 8T, who sired a sale topper in APLX Axel 5Z, while also giving us daughters that have built an extensive cow family here.  ‘Lyanna’ is the granddaughter of one of our ‘founding four’ females in DLD Lady Western 48R – of whom we have 5 daughters working here.  ‘Tanis’ (cherry red) and ‘Lyanna’ (brown), each follow their dams colouring, but have their sire’s heavy pigmentation and non-dilutor status.  As is evident, we are really happy with the WowEffect-Delmonte cross, and that combination will be featured heavily in our Red Deer 2021 Bull Sale Offering.

The final heifer on offer this year is Paprika.  Our P-Line, that was founded with our original purchase of Spruceburn Pauline back in 2009, has been very popular over the years. This is somewhat surprising as Jeanne consistently uses her veto on a ‘P’!  Now that we have six ‘P females’ in production (Poppy, Paula, Piper, Pepper, Panda, Patience), a seventh vetoed (Penelope) to be added in 2022, and APLX Wedge (a P son) as our junior herdbull, she will continue to have trouble vetoing them all!   ‘Paprika’ will also be one of the final Dora Eclipse daughters to sell, as his semen is now very scarce.  We have successfully utilized Eclipse on heifers for the past 12 years, and have been impressed not only with his calving, but also in the daughters he has provided.  Paprika is a great example of the broody females he has produced for us over the years.    

Individual pages (short-cut links are on the right, names can be entered in the search bar on phones), have been created for each of ‘Paprika’, ‘Lyanna’, ‘Tanis’ and ‘Cabernet’.  On the individual pages, we have also pictured their sires, dams and siblings – hopefully, sharing pictures will provide a better glimpse into the extended pedigree.    As 2020 has been an eventful year, we also plan to have videos of each of our sale heifers over the next couple weeks.  Please check our Applecross Cattle Facebook page for up to date info on our sales offering.

All four heifers are AI only, and were pregnancy checked in mid-October.  The Heifers are vaccinated with ViraShield and Covexin Plus. They will be treated with Dectomax and given Scourguard prior to sale day. 

The 2020 Fleckvieh Equation promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great day on December 20th at Westerner Park.

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