|Crimson Tide Fleckvieh
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Crimson Tide Fleckvieh is a 5th generation family farm located in Southwestern Ontario, on the Southern edge of Ontario cattle country: the region of Grey/Bruce. The original farm was homesteaded in the late 1800's when the Eurig Family arrived from Germany. The surrounding area is largely of German heritage, and even more so in the last forty years as the farming community is now dominated by Old Order Mennonites; whose origins are German as well.
Up until the early 1990's the farming operation was mainly dairy, but due to family member's health issues the dairy herd was dispersed. In the following years the farming operation took on a decidedly different look with the development of a cash crop and hay production program. As a result of these operations beef cattle were brought into the mix as a marketing avenue for off grade grains and hay.
Craig Eurig was the primary force in the development of the beef division and over time experimented with British breeds, red and black Angus factor Simmentals, then into purebred Simmentals and finally fullblood Simmentals. It was in 1998 after much trial and error that Craig purchased his first Full Fleckvieh Simmental as he felt this was "the breed of the future."
Unfortunately in May of 2005, his dream of having a Full Fleckvieh herd was cut short with his untimely death in a farm accident. At this point the farming operation took another turn and the focus changed. The cash crop operation was scaled down and hay production along with the development of a Full Fleckvieh herd became the primary focus.
In November 2005 a major move to develop the current herd at Crimson Tide was undertaken. Over the next three years several top quality Full Fleckvieh females were added; coming from Ontario, Alberta, Prince Edward Island, Mississippi and Arkansas.
Then came the summer of 2008 and a tremendous opportunity was presented to the Eurig family. Rick and Sandra Smith of Smith Simmentals, Olds, AB, approached Crimson Tide with an offer to sell their entire breeding herd, including Smithbilt Molson 21M, along with their complete semen and embryo inventory. Over the next few months the transaction was completed and the Smith Simmental herd became part of Crimson Tide Fleckvieh; moving 2,200 miles from Alberta to Ontario.
And as they say, "the rest is history," and here we are TODAY! We hope you enjoy our new website and if we can be of any assistance please feel free to contact us or better still, stop for a visit and view the Crimson Tide herd.