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2017 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale: Our Maternal Focus Shines Through

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We are pleased to present four herd bull prospects at Transcon’s 2017 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale on Thursday, March 23rd at 1:00pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta. This is already our seventh 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.

This year’s group consists of two FGAF WowEffect sons (Wagner, Weston), and one from each of Sanmar Polled Pharao (Pharaoh) and APLX Rambo (Raider).  All four bulls showcase our program very well – we strive to produce bulls that are highly maternal and will calve out moderate birth weight progeny, while still having strong performance numbers.

We have been very happy with how FGAF WowEffect has worked for us – he has proven to be extremely consistent regardless of what type of cow he gets bred to.  The WowEffect sons both combine their sires’ explosive performance and maternal strengths, and each are backed by outstanding cow families.  Both Wagner and Weston have maternal brothers working in purebred herds.

Pharaoh is also a really neat individual; pedigree and BW suggest heifer bull, but both the scale and visual inspection certainly suggest a lot more than ‘just’ heifers.  We are also excited to introduce the first progeny from our junior herd sire APLX Rambo in ‘Raider’; our youngster in the group that also showcases curve bending performance backed by two strong cow families.  All four bulls show lots of muscling, have tremendous hair coats, and have been tested for the dilutor gene.

Individual pages (short-cut links are located in the right-hand column) have been created for ‘Pharaoh’, ‘Weston’, ‘Wagner’, and ‘Raider’. 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, and all have quiet temperaments.  On the individual pages, we have also pictured the sires, dams and grand dams. Maternal lines are very important to us, and we feel that behind every great bull is an outstanding cow family.  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 2017 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great Thursday on March 23rd at Westerner Park.


Applecross Cattle Present our 2015 Fleckvieh Equation Females

Two of our Feature bred Heifers: Candice (left) and Pearl (right)

Two of our Feature bred Heifers: Candice (left) and Pearl (right)

Applecross Presents our 2015 Fleckvieh Equation Females

We are pleased to present six bred heifers at Transcon’s 2015 Fleckvieh Equation Sale on December 20th, at 1pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta. This will be our third year selling females at this prestigious event, and we are proud to be part of this progressive group of breeders.

All six of this year’s bred heifers are sired by our two senior walking bulls, APLX Escalade and APLX Samson.   Although, it can be a challenge in maintaining genetic diversity when utilizing bulls that carry your own prefix, advantages can be found in having detailed knowledge of the respective cow families.  As mentioned many times in the past, cow families are important to us and, for both of these herd sires, we have almost 25 years of experience working with their genetic lines.  We feel this approach adds a lot of consistency to our program.

The three Escalade heifers – ‘Tessanne’, ‘Emerald’, and ‘Pearl’- represent three very different cow families that have blended together to form an intriguing group.  ‘Emerald’ is from the Dora Lee Elexis cow family and looks very similar to Applecross Emma that was our high seller in last year’s Equation Sale – not a surprise when they are closely related on both sides of their pedigrees!  ‘Pearl’ is a direct daughter of Spruceburn Pauline, a powerful Painter cow that has a little more frame than her pen mates.  And finally, ‘Tessanne’ is the only polled heifer we have in our offering, going back to the HEMR Tasha cow family that has been very successful for us.   Together, these 3 Escalade daughters provide great examples of the kind of offspring he is creating for us.

As you would expect from a star-headed sire, Samson’s three daughters are all dark red and heavily pigmented.   From a cow-family perspective, it is now Dora Lee Christina’s turn to shine in the spotlight.  Having sired two sons (and a grandson) working in purebred herds, it great to finally be able to showcase her cow-making ability in daughter ‘Candice’ and grand-daughter ‘Carly’.  The third Samson daughter, ‘Gabrielle,’ is also out of a Dora Lee dam – and yields an intriguing combination of Arnold’s Image and Sim Roc C&B Western.  When you see these three in a pen together on sale day, you will notice the great daughters Samson is leaving us.

Individual pages (short-cut links are on the right), have been created for each of ‘Tessanne’, ‘Pearl’, ‘Emerald’, ‘Candice’, ‘Carly’ and ‘Gabrielle’.  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.

The heifers have all been tie-broke and have quiet temperaments. We preg-checked in mid-October, and the vet feels that all six are safe to early breeding dates – if not AI, then only 3 weeks later.

The Heifers are also vaccinated with ViraShield and Covexin Plus. They will be treated with Dectomax and given Scourguard prior to sale day.

The 2015 Fleckvieh Equation promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great day on December 20th at Westerner Park.


Our Entries to 2011 Red Deer Bull Sale

APLX Ensign 2X - headlines our entries

Individual pages (short-cut links are located in the right-hand column) have been created for our three bull entries to the 2011 Red Deer Bull Sale to be held on Monday, March 21, 2011 at 1:00pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta.  The 2011 edition will represent our first genetics to sell by auction, and we are pleased to be a part of this great event.

The three bulls selected represent the best of our 2010 bull calf crop.   We weaned September 3rd, 2010, evaluated the calves, and then culled thoroughly.  These three bulls are all solid colour, heavily pigmented, have moderate (90-100lb) birth weights, show lots of muscling, have tremendous hair coats and are backed by strong, often unique, pedigrees.  The bulls have been developed on a ration of free-choice quality first cut hay combined with 10lbs/day of mixed grain, formulated to 12% protein.    To ensure they are in shape for breeding season, the grain ration was increased to 12lbs/day on February 1st.   The bulls are housed in a 5 acre paddock to ensure lots of exercise, they have all been at least tie-broke, and all have a quiet temperament.  In short, we have raised them to be the type of bulls we would wish to buy for ourselves, and feel they will go out and get the job done.

Thanks to their sire, all three bulls are scurred and may pass the polled gene along to their offspring.  In 2009 we were selected to help ‘prove’ an exciting new homozygous polled bull that was the result of 10 years of development – Dora Lee’s Equinox.  We are very pleased with how his first calf crop has performed, will continue to use him extensively.   Thanks to his development in Ontario, we also believe his genetics are outcross to the vast majority of Fleckvieh lines in Western Canada.  These three bulls will also represent the only Equinox sons to sell publicly in 2011.

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 2011 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale will be a very exciting time for us.  We look forward to seeing the first Applecross genetics sell March 21 at Westerner Park.    

Picture Note:  The above picture of ‘Ensign’ taken in October of 2010.  We really like this picture of Ensign, as it showcases his tremendous volume and heavy muscling, but wanted to use a current ‘winter’ picture in order to have consistent maturity with the other bulls in the catalogue and on his web-page.


2011 Calving Season – Half-way home.

 

We are officially half way finished calving – so far, so good.  We survived a couple of really brutal weeks of weather; during which, we were fortunate enough to convince the cows to calve inside.  The calving barn is at least out of the wind, and not quite as cold.   This week has been mild, so it has been nice to see the calves bouncing around the yard playing.

There have been a number of interesting calves to date; both bulls and heifers.  Pictured here are two of the girls – (5 day old) Taylor who is a Gidsco Appollo by our Hiemstra cow, Tasha; and (2 week old) Janelle, an Anchor T Ikon heifer from Dora Lee Jasmine.  We think very highly of both dams (they are both featured on our ‘Young Guns’ page), and we are excited to be able to grow both cow families.   I hope to feature some of our other exciting calves in future posts.


A Good Picture is Worth . . .

I am very fortunate to have been raised in a photo-friendly family.  My mom took a lot of pictures while I was growing up, and her love of photography meant there was almost always a camera around.  Thankfully, Mom’s interest in pictures included ‘nature’ photography, as it meant a ‘rest’ from pictures for those of us who often tired of being in front of the camera.  She took literally hundreds of cow-pictures each year.  One of the underappreciated aspects of nature and cattle (whether it be sunrise, sunsets, dew-drops or autumn colours) is that they don’t tend to talk back, whine or complain to the photographer. 

Well before the advent of computer editing and publishing, Mom took a lot of great cattle photos.  This has created an incredible archive of pictures; giving us that timeless ability to see what generations upon generations of cattle look like . . . not to mention how sceneries and farmsteads change over the years!  The attached photo is one that Mom took of our cow-herd (with our yard-site in the background) when she and Dad visited Applecross in the summer of 2010.  With her permission, I hope to feature more of her photos in the future.

I also enjoy a taking a good picture, and feel it is a great way to showcase our operation.  While the world has gotten a lot smaller, it is still not easy to visit every place that you’d like to go.  Hopefully, some of the pictures posted here will serve as a bit of a ‘virtual tour’ of Applecross.