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2018 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale: Three’s Company

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Our Three Bulls Heading to Red Deer: Wrangler, Wyatt and Rocky.

We are pleased to present three herd bull prospects at Transcon’s 2018 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale on Thursday, March 22nd at 1:00pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta. This is our eighth 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 years’ offering can be summed up in a word: three.  We are in the middle of three consecutive years where our heifer calf numbers have dramatically exceeded our bull calves, which has resulted in three intriguing herd sire prospects being offer for Red Deer in 2018.  This is also the third consecutive year that FGAF WowEffect sons will lead our string, and we have been extremely pleased with his consistency.   His calves all show lots of length, great muscling and have tremendous hair coats, and our customers have been very happy with their purchases.

Our three bulls are backed by very strong cow families.  ‘Wrangler’ comes from the same ‘P’ line that created waves at Equation 2017, and his dam ‘Poppy’ is our heaviest cow.  ‘Wyatt’ is the third straight full brother to be headed to Red Deer – the Cassie x WowEffect cross has been popular in the past – and she seems to be the one cow we can always count on for an awesome bull calf.  ‘Rocky’ is also an intriguing individual – a smooth polled head comes courtesy of his sire, APLX Rambo, while the dam ‘Eva’ combines Pharoa and old C&B Western into a real stylish package.

Individual pages (short-cut links are located in the right-hand column) have been created for ‘Wyatt’, ‘Wrangler’ and ‘Rocky’. 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 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 2018 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great day on March 22nd at Westerner Park.


Applecross Cattle Presents: Our 2017 Fleckvieh Equation Heifers

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Two of our Sale bred heifers: Cynthia (left) and Pippa (right)

After a one year hiatus, we are absolutely delighted to present four bred heifers at Transcon’s 2017 Fleckvieh Equation Sale, on December 17th, at 1pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta.   This is always such a great weekend to market Simmental cattle in Alberta, and we are proud to once again be part of this progressive group of breeders.

At the top of our group, are the first FGAF WowEffect heifers to sell at auction.  While we have marketed bulls from WowEffect for several years now, 2017 will represent the first opportunity for the heifers to strut their stuff in public.  Since forming a partnership with my parents (Dora Lee Genetics) to utilize WowEffect, we have been very impressed with the balance of his progeny.  It is rare that a bull produces both great sons and awesome daughters – so we are certainly excited to present heifers for perusal after the sons have been so readily accepted.  As WowEffect is backed by two famous cows – JB CDN Kananaskis and FGAF Barbarella – it maybe isn’t that big a surprise that his offspring are so consistent.

Our lead WowEffect daughter is ‘Cynthia’, a big barreled head turner, who is a direct daughter of Dora Lee Christina 28S.  Christina has consistently produced top end cattle for us – daughters, grand-daughters and great granddaughters walk our pastures, and she has developed her own modest list of progeny topping the sales ring in Applecross Candice (our high selling bred at Equation 2015) and high selling bulls APLX Javar and APLX Santana.   We feel ‘Cynthia’ has tremendous potential as a front end female.

‘Cynthia’ is closely followed by ‘Ivy’ who is a WowEffect x Gidsco Appollo and goes back to the Beechinor Imperia cow we selected as one of the high selling opens at Equation 2010.  This cow family have been consistent producers for us, with an aunt (Applecross Iris) being our high seller at Equation 2013, and a maternal brother APLX Cairo 1C being selected by Gordon Leslie from the 2015 Red Deer Bull Sale.  With lots of pigment and a great haircoat, ‘Ivy’ is another great example of the consistency of our WowEffect progeny.

Our third heifer is ‘Flora’, a daughter of the popular JB CDN Hennessey and Anchor D Fergus.  Fergus was our pick of the 2014 Pasture Treasures sale, as I was pretty excited when I confirmed that her physical profile matched the depth of her pedigree.   Backed by the cow families of Kananaskis (I guess I like her), K2 Fergie and RH Patricia and sire groups that stack Legend, Arni 8M and Jahari, I knew that Fergus would be another great addition to our cow herd.  Her first daughter, ‘Flora’ has combined well with Henessey to form a heavily pigmented, dark red beauty.

Our final heifer on offer in 2017 is ‘Pippa’, a double polled stunner that I really struggled to include in our sales string.  It is clear to anyone that follows our program, that we are gradually taking the horns off of our cattle, while striving to retain all the power, performance and mothering abilities Fleckvieh are known for.   We still breed horned cattle horned (‘Flora’ is a perfect example), but polled is the direction that we are committed to moving the cow herd over the long term.  Breeding polled has been a slow process, and selling concrete building blocks like ‘Pippa’ will make it slower yet.  That said, I do think it essential that we showcase the progress we have been making, and ‘Pippa’ is the perfect example to do just that.  Pippa’s sire, dam, grand-dam, and maternal grand sire all carry our prefix, so she should give a pretty clear indication of what our program is all about.

Individual pages (short-cut links are on the right), have been created for each of our four sale heifers: ‘Cynthia’, ‘Ivy’, ‘Flora’, and ‘Pippa’.  On the individual pages, we have also pictured their sires, dams and siblings. With maternal lines so very important to us, we hope pictures that support the extended pedigree will help provide an idea of how the sale heifers will look as cows.

The heifers all have quiet temperaments and are used to being around people.  We enjoy spending time with our cattle, so they are used to attention, and some of them do not mind a ‘scratch’.  We preg-checked in late September and the vet feels that all four are safe to early breeding dates.  The Heifers are also vaccinated with ViraShield and Covexin Plus. They will be treated with Dectomax and given Scourguard prior to sale day.

The 2017 Fleckvieh Equation promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great day on December 17th at Westerner Park.


2016 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale: Our Deepest and Most Diverse Bull String Yet

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2016 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale: Our Deepest and Most Diverse Bull String Yet

We are pleased to present nine herd bull prospects at Transcon’s 2016 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale on Monday, March 21st at 1:00pm at Westerner Park, Red Deer, Alberta. This is our sixth 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.

We are proud to say that our 2016 offering will be our deepest and most diverse bull string yet – clearly showcasing our breeding philosophy.  We firmly believe that the future will bring an increased herd size on the same amount of available labour.  This means that with less labour available on a per cow basis, birth weights will come down to improve calving ease, and that gradually more and more horns will be bred off the cattle.  We have moved slowly to incorporate the polled gene into our herd, as our goal is to try and accomplish this while maintaining the strong performance and mothering ability the Simmental breed is known for.  In a market that suggests the North American cow-herd is (at long last) expanding, we think our bulls on offer all provide the maternal characteristics that will produce tremendous replacement females.

Individual pages (short-cut links are located in the right-hand column) have been created for all nine of our bulls on offer.

At the top of the pen are the first sons to be offered at auction from FGAF WowEffect, an exciting young sire selected by (my father) Ross Small of Dora Lee Genetics as his pick of the Gagnon 2013 bull calves at their September production sale that year.  We were successful in obtaining an exclusive interest in the bull, and these first WowEffect calves are really impressive.  ‘Warner’, ‘Waylon’, ‘Windsor’ and ‘Watson’ all come loaded with hair and are heavily pigmented.  The bulls showcase plenty of power while maintaining moderate birth weights and we are very excited to see what they will bring to the industry.

The ‘Wow’ sons are joined by 5 other polled herd sire prospects, out of some of our foundation cow families.  The youngest bulls in our offering, ‘Sawyer’ and ‘Eastwood’ are sired by APLX Sampson and APLX Escalade respectively, whose daughters were very well received at the recent 2015 Fleckvieh Equation sale.  ‘Phoenix’ is a really intriguing son by Dora Lee’s Platinum – another exclusive pedigreed sire developed in Ontario.  Rounding out our bull pen are two bulls that bring highly maternal packages to the table; both are out of first calf heifers.  ‘Reno’ is a Radium son by a Bronson/Arnold’s Image dam, while ‘Cairo’ combines the calving ease of Sanmar Pol Pharao with Gidsco Appollo and Sunny Valley Sargeant.

We want to ensure our bulls will work for many years, so feet, legs and temperament are very important traits for us.  The bulls are housed in a 5 acre paddock to ensure lots of exercise, and have been developed on a ration of free-choice quality first cut hay, combined with a forage based pellet by Country Junction.  All nice bulls are quiet and used to being around people. We like working and walking through docile cattle, and feel the herd bull should be no exception.

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 2016 Red Deer Simmental Bull Sale promises to be another exciting event. We look forward to a great day on March 21th 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 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.


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.