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Update Spring 2019

Posted by Debbie Matters on April 9, 2019 at 7:15 AM Comments comments (48)
Hello fellow Speckle Park enthusiasts! It is now springtime in Alberta, after one of the toughest winters in many years. Soon the green will be around us again and life will seem much brighter. Sharon and Bradley had some very nice calves born this spring off Codiak Dealer GNK 8D. They were blessed with many more bull calves than heifers though this year. If you are around our area stop in for a visit and farm tour of their small but quality herd. Hope you all have a great spring!

Goodbye and Farewell from Matters Speckle Park

Posted by Debbie Matters on August 26, 2018 at 11:05 PM Comments comments (2)
Hello, It is with some sadness and mixed emotions I announce the impending closure of Matters Speckle Park. I have made the decision to leave the cattle business all together and have decided to sell my herd of registered Speckle Park. Sharon, my daughter and her partner, Bradley, have decided to continue on with a small quality herd of registered Speckle Park under the new farm name of BAR 4M Ranch. She has 10 cows of her own already and she is purchasing 4 more from me. That leaves me now with 14 registered females to sell in this private treaty bidding sale, with 7 embryos, 2 herdsire bulls, and 100 semen straws from Codiak Layne GNK 56A. The cows I am selling are all good young cows (well except for one cow who is older) who are good producers. they are a very quiet herd and some even allow back scratches. Our two bulls in the sale have been excellent sires proving both as easy calving bulls who stamp their calves with style. We have some really neat embryos in our tank at Sundown Transplants as well and we are offering up all of our reproduction technology program which includes embryos and semen. These animals will fit into your program well and if you are just starting out in the breed, they are the type that you can build a herd around. If you want to bid in October just call, text or email us your bid. MAKE IT YOUR BEST BID RIGHT OFF! If you are outbid we will notify the person that had the next closest bid. This is a silent bid sale, we are the only ones who know what bids have been made by whom and for what dollar amount. On Oct 16th the winning bidders will be notified and arrangements for payment, pickup and transfer of papers will be made. Embryos and semen will be transferred to winning bidders by us contacting Sundown Transplants or Alta Genetics and giving the winning bidder name and contact info to them with the permission to release documentation. It is the BUYERS responsibility to make shipping arrangements and to pay for costs associated with this. All cattle must be picked up at SPOTLIGHT SPECKLE PARK (for females) and MATTERS SPECKLE PARK (for males) by October 21, 2018. Cows will be weaned by October 15, 2018. All females have been exposed to CODIAK DEALER GNK 8D for mid Feb 2019 start date for calving. We are in discussion with vets in the area to provide vet certificate of pregnancy by ultrasound done on the females, will post if we are able to get this done prior to sale. DONT MISS OUT ON SOME GREAT COWS and BULLS! SET your cell/clock to remind you about the end date of the sale so you dont loose out on your bid! If you contact us about your bid we will let you know if its still the winning bid! Looking forward to providing you with some great bloodlines and good producers.


Posted by Debbie Matters on June 13, 2018 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (1)
Hello Everyone, It is with some heartache that I announce my decision to sell out of all my registered |Females and most of my Bulls. Sharon and Bradley have decided to scale down the purebred operation and keep only the very best cows which I will be selling to them under the newly formed BAR 4M RANCH. Sharon has decided she wants to focus on a reproduction technology type program and do flushing with her best cows and to raise just the best animals. She doesn't know if she will go ahead with showing them personally, but may have to source out people who would take her cattle to shows. Sharon is going to expand her horse training operation and breeding facility so that will take some energy and focus to accomplish and downsizing is a good decision with that regard. As for me, I am leaving the cattle industry and focusing on new ventures and adventures, time for me to have more fun in life! I wish all the people we have met and become friends with in this breed much success and I will miss seeing you all at the shows and sales. Who am I kidding I likely will still take some in! Cant take the cow totally out of the gal! STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES on the COMPLETE DISPERSAL of my HERD, will start viewing in mid July. Cows still on lease though until October so viewing occurs on the Luciak farm at their discretion. They are located at Glendon, AB. We have priced our females and are somewhat negotiable, will sell all or in groups of 3 or more. I will not sell one cow at a time! These are our proven herd and have been selected because of their production or bloodlines, or both. We did have outcross lines not seen much in other herds. Call or email for more information!

First Calf of our Season!

Posted by Debbie Matters on February 11, 2018 at 5:35 PM Comments comments (1)
Today just happens to be my 53rd Birthday and I got such a pleasant BD present from Micheal and Karen Luchiak (Spotlight Speckle Park) who are leasing our cows this year, a baby heifer was born! She is a black, 85lb heifer who decided to enter the world backwards. Thanks to Micheal's assistance she was safely on the ground. We will be looking forward to more babies from this point on as my BD was to be our start date, or around about. On another note, we have some yearlings that are developing into pretty darn nice bull prospects. These bulls have been tested for genomics and will be semen tested prior to sale/pickup/delivery.They are not a year old yet but soon will be most of them. We have FOUR for sale this spring and if you are looking for YEARLINGS that are in good working condition and not fed to hot or hard, but gradually brought up on feed, and that should stand up to lots of exercise and time spent working in your herd, come take a look at our guys. We have bulls off our Layne and Champion bulls. Prices are $3000 to $4500 but we are negotiable. We also made a tough decision to offer Codiak Layne GNK 56A FOR SALE as well, he can be purchased semen tested for $6500 obo or we can work a deal if you want his collected and stored semen as well. We would like to keep around 50-100 straws for our own use but we still have 400 that we could make available with the right package deal. These straws have been stored at Alta Genetics since collection at that facility. We are also selling a 2 year old bull we got from Notta Ranch, a son of the famous Zapper bull. He is a good looking boy and will be semen tested prior to sale too, we are asking $4500 for him. If you are interested in any of our boys, just contact us thru email, FB, or by phone. Stay warm and I wish everyone a easy and successful calving season!

Update on Our Operations

Posted by Debbie Matters on November 27, 2017 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (3)
Good Day Everyone! We want to welcome you to our Transition Year of our Operation-2018! It was a hard decision for me but it's time for me to turn the operation of our ranch over to my kids! We want to let everyone know we are NOT out of business, and we are not selling off our herd yet. Sharon and Bradley are considering various options on what to do with their new business, they will take this next year to really examine the future of the cattle industry, the status of our own family farm and managing it, and personal family considerations. They will then decide their future endeavors in the breed. My heart tells them to continue, but I know as a parent I have to let them make their own path in life. Managing a purebred cattle operation is not easy and it does require a major commitment of blood, sweat and tears as well as financial burden. Also, you often don't have much life on the side, I will be happy with whatever the kids decide to do! I want to THANK all of my past customers and sincerely say I have enjoyed getting to know all the new people in the breed and promoting the breed. I see a strong path ahead for the breed and encourage everyone to work as a team for the betterment of the industry. Thank you to all the people who purchased our commercial cattle over the years as well, without you guys supporting us it would have been tough to gain ground in the registered world too. I am thrilled to have met so many nice people who have become friends along the way! On another note, we have some beautiful heifer calves to sell this fall/winter- 7 heifers left! If you are looking for a show prospect or a great female to add to your cow herd, come take a look at these gals. Most of them are off Layne but we do have a few off our Champion bull and off a Codiak bull we purchased last winter. We also have 4 OUTSTANDING BULL CALF PROSPECTS For Sale as well. These are the BEST CALVES we have raised this year and maybe the best ever! For more info just email, text or call us!

Changes Always Occur, a person just gotta go with the flow!

Posted by Debbie Matters on November 21, 2017 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (2)
Hello Friends & Speckle Park enthusiasts! Its been awhile since I wrote in this blog. Lots has happened with our farming operation since then. First off, we decided to lease our cows for a year. We are so thankful and appreciate Michael & Karen Luciak of Spotlight Speckle Park at Glendon, AB for leasing our registered Speckle Park cows for 2017-2018. They got loaded into the trailers and made the haul to Glendon on Nov 15/17. A big thanks goes out to the fellas at the Minburn Hutterite Colony for hauling the cows there for us, we so appreciate everything they have done for us to help and support us since Ed's passing. It is refreshing to see that there are still many people out there that are willing to help out a neighbor! We will winter our calves and bulls but wont calve our herd out this year. It's time for our transition to occur. Sharon and Bradley just had a baby in June this year as well and this year they have to make the tough decisions regarding the farming business. They may decide to not continue on with the breed or continue in it but in a different fashion. They are wondering if it would be wise for them to keep their best ten cows and do flushes with these cows. Whatever they decide I wish them much success and happiness in their endeavors! It is time for me to step aside and find other passions that I have not been able to follow because of the time and physical constraints of running a cattle ranch. I am looking forward to my new life. I hope to stay in touch with all our loyal customers and our friends we have made thru the breed. This is the part of the cattle business that has been the most rewarding for me, finding the new lifelong friends! So this is not farewell, its see you later!


Posted by Debbie Matters on July 31, 2017 at 7:20 AM Comments comments (1)

Hi, this is the first submission to our blog. We are going thru lots of changes on the farm right now. Our small herd of cattle is slowly growing and we will have 30 registered Speckle Park females to calf out this year and another 30 commercial females bred Speckle Park to calve out as well. I am slowly transitioning out of the cattle operation over a few years and Sharon and Bradley will be taking over. They are very eager, enthusiastic young ranchers who will excel in the industry and continue the success I and my late husband, Ed found within this breed. It has been a great journey and I feel fortunate to have been able to build our herd into the quality collection we have gained. I have to thank many people in the industry including all the early breeders and all our customers over the past years who have supported us so well and helped us bridge out and get cattle out into other breeders herds.



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