Rivercrest Angus providing nothing short of top quality genetics with pride

Rivercrest received the Alberta Angus Association Hall of Fame “Contemporary Breeders” Award in 2016. From the left, Tom, Marg, Jamie-Lee, Craig, Jody and Cayden smile for the camera.
Written by Terri Huxley

Wide Open Spaces: The original homestead of Tom and Marg Spady along the scenic Battle River near Alliance, Alta. Image courtesy of the Spady Family

Rivercrest Angus has no signs of slowing down any time soon.

With seed stock cattle from the established fourth-generation ranch reaching as far as Scotland, Mexico, Russia, Japan and the US, as well as Canada, the family is strong in their continued genetics and breeding program.

Located along the Battle River near Alliance, Alta. the Spady family has an impressive pedigree involving both the Angus breed and 4-H.

Tom Spady, left, winning Reserve Grand Champion at the Calgary Bull Sale in 1971.

History

It all began in 1937 when Jack Spady purchased two purebred Angus cows and a bull from a drover passing through.

He paid three and a half cents a pound for the bull who weighed 2,400 pounds and two cents a pound for the cows which weighed 1,400 and 1,600 pounds.

Those old Pride cows gave him his start in the purebred business with many descendants forming the backbone of the Angus breed back then.

Tom Spady, his son, got his start at a young age by purchasing four of the famous Valleymere Pride females from Jack back in 1955 and then went on to register the Rivercrest name in 1963.

Tom and wife Marg’s homestead is located in the Battle River Valley which led them to come up with the name Rivercrest.

Tom and his brothers held production sales from 1975 to 1983 at the Rivercrest Ranch.

They also sold bulls at the Calgary Bull Sale for several years through the 1950’s to late 1990’s.