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The DORSET HORN Edition 2

The DORSET HORN Edition 2

THE DORSET HORN 2nd edition volume 1-2007

Welcome once again to all Horned Dorset enthusiasts. Time has flown by and it is time for another edition to get put out. The feedback from the 1st edition was good, although we would love to hear from more of you. Some new things will appear in this issue as a result of feedback and submissions sent in. Please note that this is everyone’s newsletter and hence it would be great to have input from all. We are looking for news relating to Horned Dorsets, coming events, interesting articles and farm profiles (please send us a short story about your operation with things such as who, what, when, where and such, kind of like an introduction to your operation). We will try to include as much as we can in each issue and as always welcome any suggestions. Also starting with this issue, we are introducing classified ads, the fee is 1 issue - $5 and 4 issues - $10, this includes a 1year/4 issue subscription. Business card ads the charge is $10 per year including subscription, for this please send a business card. Subscription rates are $5 per year/4 issues. This is to help cover postage, paper and ink costs.

A special thank you to John Fisher and family of Wyevale, Ontario, Dreammaker Stock Farm for coming forward to cover a good portion of this issues expenses and allowing you another free issue. Also thank you, to contributors and those who provided the excellent feedback.

Farm Profile – DREAMMAKER STOCK FARM Ontario

We are a family run sheep farm. Dorset Horn sheep are our breed of choice to work with. The Dorset Horn has been bred for centuries to be efficient producers of high quality lamb. With the high cost of production, everything you can do to be more efficient will put more money in your pockets. Here at Dreammaker we use Dorset Horn rams exclusively, even on our commercial flock of 100 ewes. This takes care of out of season breeding naturally, feed efficiency, and puts more money in our pockets.

Dreammaker has spent a lot of time researching and acquiring new genetics for our Dorset Horn flock. The results are gratifying. Mr. Francis Fooks of Dorset County, Great Britain is a breeder of distinction. His Poorton Flock has just celebrated 100 years of breeding Dorset Horn sheep. Also recently they were recognized for their excellence in breeding Dorset sheep in Britain. One of our new rams is from semen imported by Coyote Acres. This ram, we affectionately call Mr. Fooks.

We believe the Dorset Horn still has a bright future, in the production of quality and efficient sheep to fill our domestic market. LET US HELP MAKE YOUR DREAM COME TRUE.

Submitted by John Fisher.


INTRODUCTION TO ACCELERATED LAMBING a fact sheet prepared by Heather Martens, Farm Production Extension Specialist with Manitoba Agriculture. Thank you Heather and Manitoba Agriculture.

Most sheep are seasonal breeders as a result of their sensitivity to the changing daylength and are most fertile in the fall. However some breeds are less seasonal or have extended breeding seasons like the Dorset Horn, Merino and Rambouillet. This makes these breeds more suitable for an accelerated lambing program.

Accelerated Lambing

Accelerated lambing refers to ewes lambing more frequently than once per year. Such intensive reproductive management can reduce maintenance costs of breeding stock per offspring reared, will often increase net return and will provide a more uniform supply of lamb throughout the year. It is not possible at present to increase the frequency of lambing and avoid the complication of seasonal restrictions. However, a knowledge of reproductive physiology, selection, and useful management practices has led to successful intensive management systems under some conditions. These systems usually require higher resource and management inputs and should be considered only when a producer can provide skilled management, as well as adequate nutrition for the ewe and the lamb. The accelerated lambing systems most commonly used are three lamb crops per ewe every two years and five lamb crops per ewe every three years (STAR breeding program).

Three lamb crops per ewe every two years

The three lamb crops per ewe every two years system is an attempt to have an average lambing interval of eight months, or 1.5 lambings per ewe per year. This system is generally characterized by a fixed mating and lambing schedule such as May mating/October lambing, January mating/June lambing and September mating/February lambing. It can also be modified slightly to 7-7-10 or 7-8-9 month intervals to better fit climatic, management and feed resources.

Some producers have developed a variation of this system that provides for a more continuous lambing schedule. The flock is divided into four groups on a staggered eight-month lambing interval schedule. If a ewe fails to conceive with her group, she has a second chance to mate two months later. Producers using this staggered two-month interval schedule have reported up to 40 percent increase in lamb production over previous conventional systems. They also suggest that by dividing the flock into four groups substantial savings in facilities costs are possible. Increased management attention can be given to critical lambing and early lactation periods since all ewes are not lambing at the same time.

Five lamb crops per ewe every three years

This system was developed by Cornell University and is often called the STAR system. It was developed to maximize production of market lambs on a continuous basis year-round basis. The calendar year is divided into five segments (the points of the star) that each represent one-fifth of a year, or 73 days. The star can be rotated to give the most suitable dates. Two-fifths of a year is 146 days, which is approximately the gestation length of a ewe. There are five lambing periods in each year. There are always three groups in the flock; breeding and pregnant ewes and the rams, lambing and/or lactating ewes and their lambs, and growing lambs (market and replacements). These three groups are kept and managed separately.

If a ewe skips a breeding, she can still lamb three times in two years. The STAR system is a natural system that does not use hormones or light control to achieve out-of-season breeding. It involves selecting sheep that breed during any season of the year. More detailed information on this system can be found on Cornell’s website.

Out-of-season breeding

For the above systems to work, out-of-season breeding techniques must be used. These techniques assist in the shortening of the lambing period and allow the ewes to come into heat out of season so that they can be bred in the spring for an accelerated lambing program.


increased number of lambs produced per ewe

increased market options

higher prices paid for off-season and holiday lambs

Important management concerns:


lambing rates are approximately 25 percent lower than in a spring lamb enterprise

lambing may interfere with the harvesting of some crops

breeding is more difficult than with spring lambing

ewes must be replaced more frequently

parasites and diseases must be monitored more carefully

incidence of mastitis is increased and more careful monitoring is needed

labour is required year-round

There are three out-of-season breeding methods:

selection of breeds and genes that are more prone to longer breeding seasons

controlling lighting

using hormones

Controlling lighting
Daylength appears to be the primary factor in controlling breeding season in sheep. Daylength can be artificially controlled to induce estrus and ovulation out-of-season. However, total confinement and light control are required, which greatly increases management costs and restricts feeding options.

"Ram effect"
The ram effect occurs when ewes are induced to begin cycling though the spontaneous introduction of a ram. Separate rams and ewes completely for 60 days prior to breeding. This must be complete separation of the ram and ewes – no contact, sight, sound or smell for the entire isolation period. This increases the number of ewes bred the first week of breeding.

Melangesterol acetate (MGA)
MGA is a feed additive, containing hormone, that is commonly used in feedlot heifer rations. It is not licensed for use in sheep and requires a veterinary prescription for use. MGA is formulated into the ewe ration and is fed twice daily, with feedings as close to 12 hours apart as possible. MGA is fed for 12-16 days and five hours after the last feeding, PMSG should be given. The timing of MGA feeding and PMSG administration should be strictly followed. Rams should be introduced to the ewes 48 hours after the last feeding of MGA. A veterinarian should be consulted for full protocols. A major drawback to this program is feeding the ewes twice daily. For more information consult the fact sheet on MGA.

Vaginal sponges
Vaginal sponges that contain progesterone may also be used for out-of-season breeding. On day 1, insert the sponges. On day 12-16, remove the sponges and inject with PMSG (only if out-of-season breeding). Introduce rams 42-48 hours after sponge removal. Use harnesses to determine breeding. All ewes should be bred within three days. Either leave rams in, or turn in again about 14-16 days later.


Accelerated lambing will increase lambing frequency, providing a more uniform supply of lambs throughout the year, which may result in a more even cash flow to the producer. It is possible when a number of factors are available:

ewes must be capable of breeding in the spring, fall and winter

adequate buildings, equipment, and feed must be available to handle ewes and lambs during the entire year

high-level management, marketing, and production skills are critical

Coming Events -

The ATKINSON INVITATIONAL SALE on MAY 19, 2007 at New Lowell, Ontario.

Contact Brian Atkinson at 705-424-2879 or the consignors for more information.

This sale features a variety of breeds including Polled Dorset, Southdown, Texel, and Suffolk. But most importantly, it will have consignments of Horned Dorsets from Dreammaker Stock Farm and Collins Horned Dorsets.


The DREAMMAKER consignment is planned to consist of 2 rams, one 2 yr old sired by the sire of the 2006 All Canada Classic Champion Ewe,and a May 2006 yearling sired by Mr. Fooks. Remember his name Freightliner and look for him. The 4 ewes will consist of a fall 2005 sister to the Classic Champion ewe, 2 spring 2006 daughters of Mr. Fooks, and a fall 2006 lamb sired by Paff. For more information contact Dreammaker Stock Farm, John Fisher at 705-322-7661 or by mail at 379 Con 4 East, RR#1 Wyevale, Ont L0L 2T0.

The COLLINS consignment plans to contain 2 ewes and a ram. The bloodlines will showcase the influence of Eyre R 1F (known as Roger, who sired the 2006 Reserve Champion and high selling ram at the All Canada Classic) and possibly also Coyote Acres Douglas 290M. The flock is on a health testing program and is scrapie genotyped. For further information, contact Collins Horned Dorsets, Beth Collins at 519-934-3239 or mail to Box 67, 235 Younge Street, Tara On N0H 2N0.

The 2007 ALL CANADA CLASSIC show and sale on June 7-8-9, 2007 in Brandon, Manitoba This is Canada’s premier show and sale featuring many breeds. For information contact Cathy Gallivan, secretary of the Canadian Sheep Breeders’ Association at 1-866-956-1116. If you are interested in entering, the closing date is April 9, 2007. If you need information on possible transportation or someone to care for sheep (that you would like to send but are unable to attend yourself) contact myself, Patric Lyster at 780-954-2443.

Watch for Horned Dorset consignments from Dreammaker Stock Farm (2 ewes sired by Mr. Fooks, further information contact John Fisher at 705-322-7661), Collins Horned Dorsets (ewes and maybe a ram with bloodlines including Roger, contact Beth Collins at 519-934-3239), and Coyote Acres (consigning ewes and rams carrying bloodlines including Poorton and Douglas Downs imported via semen, for updated information watch our website; or contact Patric Lyster at 780-954-2443).

It would be wonderful to have additional consignments from other breeders.

Farm Profile – DUNDAS HERITAGE FARM Prince Edward Island

Our RBC Horned Dorsets arrived quite suddenly on Valentines Day this year, so they went into a spare pen in the barn until turn out. The boys- "Wallace and Grommet" were kept separate. Wallace is the old RBC ram that came with the flock, but being related to them all, we had to find another job for him. Grommet is the new ram that Bev traded for us with Greg Marshall in NS. Both of the boys are absolute Gentlemen, Wallace is my particular favorite, and he always comes over to have the top of his head scratched. We also keep a flock of sheep of indeterminate breed; that we bought within a month of moving onto our 42 acres in Kings County, PEI in July 2004. "Ma’ is the leader, and all the rest are black, being her lambs or "Syko’s" lambs. Syko got her name in the first week for being a little on the wild side, but she’s better now. Ma looks like the one in the movie "Babe" and is a pet.


We shear, worm, trim feet and give selenium shots, (including the lambs), in late March, before turn out. We believe shearing then protects the lambs more, as the ewe, if it turns cold, will seek shelter for herself, taking the lamb with her. If she has a full coat, she may not feel the cold and then the lamb stays out too, getting exposed. Also, they’re not carrying a full year’s fleece through July and August. So far we’ve usually managed to get the fence back up and turn out in mid April.

Ma and the whole gang went out into their five acres and we left the boys at the back of the barn on their own acre. The boys have three feet high page wire with a strand of electric top and bottom, and the girls have five strand electric wire. We’ve found that they respect this, as long as they are not cornered. We have a boarded in corral area that is between their two rotating pastures of 2.5 acres each, so they get used to passing through it. Only when we need them rounded up, do we close one end and drive them into it. Next year they will get access to four more acres. They have a shelter in both sections for afternoon snoozing. Once they are turned out, they are pretty much left alone, until August, when they are rounded up for worming, selenium shots and feet trimming. Usually by then because of good pasture and lambing in March, there are a couple of lambs ready to go too.

Late September, we start to give them a little grain, ready for the boys’ visit. This is the only time of year that any of our stock are given any grain, through winter they get ad-lib hay and carrots and turnips that are grown on the farm.

The first weekend in October, we decided to put the boys in. We shut the boys in their pen, and then we rounded up the girls into the corral, loaded the three Dorset ewes in the back of the truck and drove them.

over to the barn. They were offloaded into the barn to what will be their pen for the winter (its 14 feet by 20 feet with a round bale feeder in it. This does all eight ewes). They have access outside to the boys one acre for now, that will be reduced to a smaller area when the cows and pony come in later on). Then we led Wallace across the yard, and into the field to meet Ma and the girls. I had him by the horns, and he just walked like a dog. There was much chasing around and showing off for a few hours, but they eventually settled down, and we’re pretty sure Wallace had them all bred inside about a week.Grommet stayed in his home acre with the Dorset ewes.

We learned back in 2004, our first winter here, that’s it’s better to take down the fencing a little early than to be trying to take it down the morning after a heavy snowfall. So in mid November we shut the Dorsets in the barn and set up to bring in Ma, Wallace and the girls. We put page wire across the driveway so they can only run into the corral at the back of the barn, and drive them out of the field gate. This sound easier than it is, as they have to cross what has been an electric boundary all summer and the ewe lambs are still a bit skittish. But with help from a neighbor who just happened to drop by, we did it without too much trouble, and all the girls are now in the pasture near the barn, with access inside. We breed all our ewe lambs, as they are always well grown by fall, in fact Ma’s lamb is much bigger that her this year already. We’ll have to wait and see with the Dorsets.

So now, dear old Wallace is alone for a while, as we’ll leave Grommet in with all eight ewes, to clean up any that Wallace may have missed, although as he had six weeks with them, I’m sure he’s done the job. I did manage to observe some action, so I reckon our first lambs are due around 7th March. Naturally Ma was first in line! The ewe lambs are a bit wild now, but by the time spring comes, they’ll be tamer, as they’ll have been fed by us all winter. Every day they get about half a pound each of chopped carrots and turnips, and it’s hard to stay on your feet when "Big Bertha" wants her breakfast! She is one big sheep, Carl reckons she has to be close to 200 lbs. I prefer to give animals names when they have shown their characters so it’s easier to remember. The other two are called "Curly" (horns) and "Ethel" (the only one with an ear tag- et= Ethel)

We are a lot more experienced now than when we started out farming in Ireland in 1992, but still, animals are all individual characters, so you have to find what works for your flock and you.

I’ve written a book about our adventures on the Irish farm, and all the four-legged characters that tried (and usually succeeded!) to get the better of us. Its called "There’s a Goat in the Greenhouse"

Check out our web page to catch up with the goings on in PEI


Submitted by Rhonda Lloyd.



Classified and Business Card Ads –

BOWEN PRIDE –Aylmer, Ontario 4 Horned Dorset Rams For Sale

Twin born Jan 3, 2006

Twin born Jan 19, 2006

Single born April 23, 2006

Single born Sept 14, 2006

Contact Karl Bowen at 519-773- 3555 or by mail at 51197 Chalet Line, RR#1 Aylmer, Ont N5H 2R1.

COLLINS HORNED DORSETS – Tara, Ontario Breeding Stock For Sale

Breeding stock for sale on farm as well as look for our consignments to the All Canada Classic and Atkinson Invitational sales. View our website at

Contact Beth Collins at 519-934-3239, mail Box 67, 235 Younge Street, Tara, Ont. N0H 2N0 ,


DREAMMAKER STOCK FARM – Wyevale, Ontario Breeding Stock For Sale

Stock for sale on farm or watch for our consignments to the Atkinson Invitational and All Canada Classic sales. For further information and updates,

Contact John Fisher at 705-322-7661 or mail 379 Con 4 East, RR#1 Wyevale, Ont L0L 2T0

COYOTE ACRES – Fawcett, Alberta Breeding Stock For Sale

Consigning to the All Canada Classic featuring some top individuals with bloodlines tracing to imported semen from Great Britain and New Zealand. A great selection of ewe and ram lambs available on farm. Delivery can be arranged to almost anywhere in Canada. Further information available on our website at

Contact Patric Lyster at 780-954-2443 , mail Box 118 Fawcett, Ab T0G 0Y0


 Business card ads pictured following newsletter. 



Dear Patric & Beth,

I was very pleased to get a copy of your "first edition" Dorset Horn newsletter. It is a very good idea and great way to connect all the breeders and keep us informed. We are new to sheep so basics are good for us. We were Ayrshire dairy farmers in Ont. and also kept pigs, chickens, etc. but never sheep. My husband is a United Church minister now and we had sold our farm in Ont. about 12 years ago. We really missed the farm and with the rise in organic agriculture, decided that when it was time to move
churches we would look for a farming area and get back on to the farm on a smaller scale. Thus we now live outside of Summerside PEI with 70 acres (only 35 cleared), and we are certified organic. We specialize in heritage (rare breeds) livestock and have an old-fashioned mixed farm - a couple of Lg. Black sows, a few Horned Dorsets (belong to RBC), a dozen Red Poll cattle, 3 Shire horses, 5 Pomeranian geese, and few hundred chickens - Barred Rocks, Jersey Giants and a few Rhode Island Reds. We sell our produce
at the Farmer's Market in the summer, restaurants, and farm gate the rest of the year. That's us in a nutshell - Emmerdale Eden Farm I purchased a young ram lamb from Karl Bowen last spring after the RBC
AGM and am very pleased with him. The Lloyds at the other end of the Island have a Greg Marshall ram (which belongs to RBC) and we will switch rams next year. I recently spoke to Michael Weldon in Sackville and am hoping to get over to see his flock sometime soon.
I am interested in learning all I can, and especially about conservation breeding. I had hoped that RBC would put together a manual of sorts for the Host Farm program and perhaps Bev Davis is working on that. Bev has

been an immense help to me and is very dedicated.

I look forward to hearing from you again and being part of this group.
Tina Davies

Sheep Management on the STAR Sheep Production System

D.E. Hogue

Cornell University

The STAR system of sheep production (Figure 1) has been developed to maximize production of market lambs on a continuous year-round basis. This even supply of high quality lambs should allow for improved market development and enhanced prices for lambs demanded by discriminating consumers. To be successful, a maternal ewe flock that will breed any time of the year and produce mostly twins at each lambing is necessary. Sheep are normally seasonal breeders and lamb only in the spring so proper selection and continued development of the ewe flock is very important.

There are always 3 groups of sheep within a flock managed on the STAR system. These are:

Breeding and pregnant ewes and the rams.

Lambing and/or lactating ewes and their lambs.

Growing lambs - both market lambs and the replacement ewe lambs.

These three groups are kept and managed separately. Late pregnant ewes are moved from the breeding and

pregnant flock five times yearly just before lambing and the lactating ewes weaning lambs are moved to the

breeding and pregnant flock at about the same time to be bred. This shifting of the sheep and the suggested

dates are depicted in Figure 2. Also at the time of weaning, lambs are moved into the growing lamb group.

These lambs are fed in this group until they are ready for the appropriate market as depicted in Figure 2, thus

allowing for a rather continuous supply of market lambs and a reasonably steady cash flow pattern.






































Figure 1. Diagram of the STAR management system. Picture at end of newsletter.




Figure 2. Diagram of the STAR management system including growing lambs

 Pictured at end of newsletter.









Even on the rather complex STAR system, we only have to contend with the three groups of sheep. Each group will be managed and fed quite differently in order to meet their requirements and to allow the production expected of them. The producer allocates available feed resources to those animals that can best utilize them and can purchase the additional feeds necessary only for those high producing animals that cannot meet their requirements on the feeds available on the farm. Resources other than feeds such as labor and buildings can also be allocated accordingly.

These three groups of sheep can be considered as separate flocks because their requirements are so different.

They are discussed separately.

The Breeding and Pregnant Ewe Flock

This includes all the ewes from the time they wean their lambs until they are ready to lamb the next time. It also includes the rams and the young replacement ewes just entering the flock to be bred for the first time.

Because breeding occurs in this flock, it is here that the genetics of the entire flock is established, whether the

resulting lambs will be market lambs or have the proper breeding to be replacement ewes. Sire selection and

proper mating for each is very important. The ewes must be of the type that are not seasonal breeders. Most sheep are seasonal as a result of their sensitivity to changing day length, but some breeds are less seasonal that others and there are some sheep in all breeds that will tend to breed "out of season". At Cornell, we have preferred the Dorset because they are reasonably aseasonal and we have an established flock. The fine wool breeds, namely the Rambouillet and the Merino, also have longer breeding seasons than most breeds. We have also identified some Finnsheep that not only are prolific and have lots of lambs but will also breed out of season. The Polypay is a newer synthetic breed that has been developed to provide more than one lamb crop per year - thus, the name "Polypay". They are actually a 4-way cross between the Dorset the Rambouillet, the Finnsheep and the Targhee. Producers of several other breeds have also had reasonable success with fall or out-of-season lambing. Recent calculations, made on records of the Cornell Dorset flock, indicates the heritability of out-of-season breeding is about 0.2. Considering the magnitude of variability present, this estimate indicates we should makereasonable progress selecting for sheep that will perform well on accelerated lambing systems such as the STAR.

These Breeding and Pregnant Ewes have relatively low requirements. They need little housing and can be

pastured much of the year. The Cornell Dorset ewes utilized excess stock-piled pasture and aftermath growth

the past two winters until early March. These were, of course, fairly open winters without heavy snow cover.

The Lambing and/or Lactating Ewes and Their Lambs

This group requires a relatively high level of both feed and management throughout the year. At Cornell, we

lamb all the ewes in the barn and at this time keep the ewes and their lambs inside until weaning. Note in Figure 2 that several of the lambings occur in warm weather and these ewes could be pastured at least some of the time. Also, note that the ewes in this group shift in and shift out five times a year on a fixed schedule. It is also possible to "spin" the STAR and select the set of 5 dates best suited to each individual producer.

We feed ewes in this group either good quality hay or hay-crop silage free choice and grain at the rate of 1 lb

per day for each lamb. That is, ewes with one lamb get 1 lb and ewes with twins 2 lb. Ewes with triplets or even quads require more. Artificial rearing is necessary for excess lambs from the very prolific ewes. Lambs are also given access to creep feed from about two weeks of age to weaning. Often the same feed is used in the creep that will be the lambs main feed after weaning. It is important that lactating ewes not be allowed to lose much weight as they must be able to re-breed soon after the lambs are weaned.

Growing Lambs

Growing lambs are fed a properly formulated total mixed ration from weaning to market. When they are

marketed depends on the market demands and the breeding of the lambs. Some markets prefer the typical

hothouse lamb at 35-40 lb live weight. This is a specialty market and Dorset lambs about weaning time do

nicely. Most markets are for larger lambs weighing from 90-120 lb. Our medium-sized breeds such as the

Dorset have the proper body composition at about 100 lb, with the ewe lambs about 10 lb lighter than the ram lambs. Lambs sired by large terminal cross sires such as the Hampshire and Suffolk should be sold at the



heavier weights. All the lambs in this group can be fed and managed the same even though they are marketed at different weights. The best market weight for each lamb is really determined by the ram at the time of breeding. All the ewes in the Breeding and Pregnant flock should be of moderate size and able to produce twin lambs any time of the year. This is where the market lambs start and selection of the proper ram for breeding is very important. Selected ewes in this group can be mated to the proper maternal sire to produce replacement ewes. This does not begin to cover all aspects of proper STAR sheep management but should give the reader an understanding of how the STAR system works. It should also explain how the STAR system can increase production as well as make a uniform supply of high quality lamb available to the consumer and provide an even cash flow to the producer.

Thank you to Cornell University Sheep Program for allowing us to reprint this from the information available on their website.


Breeders List –

Abernethy, David 6917 9th line R.R.#3 Thornton, ON L0L 2N0 tele:905- 729-2301

Abernethy, Steve 6628 RR 1 Beeton ON L0G 1A0 tele:905-729-2778

Allan, David J. River John, Nova Scotia

Allan, Norman Country Dream Farm 2283 rt. 115 Irishtown, N.B., E1H 2L2 tele: 506-388-2232

Allen, David 111 Fordyce Brigham QC J2K 4X3

Benjamins, Wayne 5569 Con 9, RR#2 Cookstown Ont L0L 1L0

Brandenberger Brother’s Farm RR#1 Tiverton, Ont N0G 2T0

Bowen, Karl Bowen Pride Dorsets 51197 Chalet Line, RR#1 Aylmer, Ont. N5H 2R1 - tele: 519-773-3555 Email: noel

The Cairn Farm contact Allen Burn Perth, Ontario Email:

Cathcart,Brian 333, 8th Con, Ramsey Twp, RR#1 Carleton Place, Ont K7C 3P1 tele: 613-257-4343

Collins, Beth Box 67, 235 Younge Street, Tara, Ont. N0H 2N0 tele: 519-934-3239

Email :

Comfort, Dave St. Anns, Ont

Daigneault, Lucy Quebec tele: 819-322-5071

Davies,Tina & Arthur Emmerdale Eden Farm, 10 Linkletter Rd., RR#2, Summerside, PEI C1N 4J8

tele 902-436-5180 Email:

Fenton, Gregory Box 124, Onanole, Manitoba, R0J 1N0 tele 204-636-2580



Fisher, John Dreammaker Stock Farm 379, Con 4 East, RR#1 Wyevale, Ont L0L 2T0

tele 705-322-7661

Funk, Jerry RR#4 Chesley, Ont N0H 1L0

Granger, Christopher Low, Quebec

Groves, Lois H Brantford, Ont

Holden, Robert Email:

Jansen, Marian Cochrane, Ont


Jilesen, Peter and Wilma 2754 Bruce road 3 RR1 Paisley,Ont.N0G 2N0

Johnston, Anthony Fergis, Ont

Johnston, James & Elaine 49903 Ron McNeil Line, RR#2 Springfield, Ont N0L 2S0

Tele 519-765-4939

Lambie, Paul Wyevale, Ont


Lang, Todd & Josee 6309 Buckhorn Road, Kamloops B.C. V1S 2A1 tele: 250-828-2293


Liston, Stephen Ashton, Ont

Lloyd, Rhonda & Carl Email:

Lynch, Robert Mallorytown, Ont

Lyster, Patric Coyote Acres Box 118, Fawcett, Ab. T0G 0Y0 tele: 780-954-2443


Mark, Gord RR#1 Little Britain, Ont. K0M 2C0

Marshall, Greg RR#5 Kingston, Nova Scotia B0P 1R0 tele: 902-848-6013


Mastine, David St. Felix de Kingsley, Quebec

McBride, Bryan Acton, Ont

McKnight, Murray RR#2 Port Dover, Ont N0A 1N2 tele: 519-583-0409

Paff, Ivan & Alice Box 176 Ailsa Craig, Ont. N0M 1A0 tele: 519-293-3362



Pietersma, Harry & Eleanor Iroquois, Ont Email:

Powell, Bill RR#2 Desboro, Ont N0H 1K0 Email

Plunkert, Karen Athens, Ont

Rathwell, June Wiarton, Ont

Roberts, Jim & Linda Gilford, Ont

Seguin, Maurice Oxford Mills, Ont

Sikkema, Henry RR#2 Allenford, Ont N0H 1A0 tele: 519-934-2477

Stafford Arseneau, Janice Perth, Ont

Steppler, Craig Box 374 Miami, Manitoba R0G 1H0 tele: 204-435-2130


Thorpe, Cecil Rockelmdale Farms 3704 Larmour Lane, Sarsfield, Ont. K0A 3E0

Tele: 613-835-2942

Te Velde, Gerald Owen Sound, Ont

Weldon, Michael 69 Queens Road, Sackville, N.B. E4L 4G8 tele: 506-536-2242

Weihing, Waldemar Omemee, Ont











T0G 0Y0 N0H 2N0

Ph/fax 780-954-2443 Ph 519-934-3239

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Figure 1. Diagram of the STAR management system.
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Figure 2. Diagram of the STAR management system including growing lambs
The DORSET HORN Edition 2
The DORSET HORN Edition 2
The CECIL THORPE FAMILY 3704 Larmour Lane, Sarsfield, ONT K0A 3E0 ph.613-835-2942



Hello, to all Horned Dorset enthusiasts. This first edition of THE DORSET HORN is mostly an introduction to everyone and a plea for feedback and ideas. This was an idea presented by Beth Collins resulting from discussions on how to get the word out to each other and new breeders. Through our many conversations, we came to the conclusion that we needed a forum for Horned Dorset discussion and fellowship. It became very apparent early on that most breeders were not aware of all the other breeders and enthusiasts. Knowledge of each other and each unique breeding program and philosophy can only enhance the breed in Canada, and perhaps internationally as well. Our country is vast and it is not feasible to meet everyone personally, although I wish that were possible, hence the idea of this newsletter type forum. It is our hope to keep costs to a minimum and therefore it would be greatly appreciated that if anyone has email, that we could get your email address and send the newsletter to you via email in the future. For those wishing to receive this newsletter by snail mail, we will do our best (realizing that at some point postage fees will have to be recouped). We are not planning on this becoming anything more than a newsletter and as such it can be very unstructured, allowing for discussion on whatever topics people wish and not being subject to strict deadlines.
At this point I would like to list the names that I have of people who have Horned Dorset sheep. A big thank you to Karl Bowen for supplying his list, which combined with mine, should reach most. If there are any other breeders that you are aware of, please let us know. At this point I am not going to list full addresses or phone numbers, rather if anyone would like theirs included, I would appreciate a response indicating so (it would be great if all could be listed, as then everyone, new and old, would be able to contact each other).
















TODD & JOSEE LANG               KAMLOOPS, B.C.

























PAUL LAMBIE                    ONTARIO



I hope that we can update this list and it would be great if we could list all breeders with their complete contact information.
At this time, I would like to thank Beth Collins and family for all their hard work enabling Horned Dorsets to have a presence at the All Canada Classic in Nova Scotia. Beth's knowledge, and her willingness to help anyone contributed to some positive feedback. Also a thank you to Beth Collins and John Fisher, who along with myself, Coyote Acres entered animals in the show and sale. Hopefully we can have a good showing in Manitoba. I know it is not a real money making deal but it does get Horned Dorsets out front and center as well as helping to make some genetics more accessible to local breeders. Congratulations John on having the Champion Ewe purchased by Michael Weldon, who also purchased two ewe lambs from Beth. Thanks to Beth Collins for purchasing the Reserve Champion ewe from Coyote Acres. . Thank you to Greg Marshall who purchased the Champion Ram from Coyote Acres. And a big thank-you to David J Allan who purchased Beth Collins' Reserve Champion ram as well as purchasing the high selling Horned Dorset ewe from Coyote Acres.
Other notable events include the return of Horned Dorsets to the Toronto Royal. Well done John Fisher. You showed the public what traditional Dorsets look like and hopefully your efforts will be rewarded in the future. At Farmfair International in Edmonton, Alberta a Horned Dorset ewe lamb shown by Rocky Lyster won the T. M. Reed Memorial Award for the best ewe lamb. Quite an accomplishment to beat 31 other ewe lambs from all breeds. Watch for Horned Dorsets at the Atkinson Invitational sale in May as well as at the All Canada Classic.
To make this newsletter work, we are going to need input from everyone. It may be possible to get "experts" to do articles on some topics, while it may be just as advantageous to have some topics open to discussion from all breeders. Farm profiles would also be interesting and allow us to get to know one another better. As this is pretty much an introductory issue, we won't have any articles but would definitely like to hear suggestions for future issues. Some preliminary ideas are: Ideal Horn Set and selection and culling for it, breeding ideas - outcrossing versus linebreeding, scrapie genotyping and genetics, and genetic preservation (semen and or embryo collection). Any potential to work together is something I feel can only benefit the breed.
Any comments and ideas would be greatly appreciated. Any noteworthy news items would also be appreciated. As this newsletter is pretty informal and unstructured, it can be adapted to fit most anything the breeders would like it to be. For the next issue, I would appreciate it if people could respond to either Beth Collins or myself, Patric Lyster (at the contact information listed at the end ) to let us know if you would like to be listed with full contact information in our breeders list. Short notes about your breeding program and bloodlines are also welcome. I would also like to start a FOR SALE and WANTED listing. At this time we are hoping to keep this a free newsletter, so any ideas on ways to keep costs down would be appreciated. So please help to make this the best it can be by replying and also giving some direction for future issues. Hopefully responses are good and we can have a breeders list with contact information ready for an issue in early 2007. Thank you all for taking the time to read this and thanks in advance for your responses.

PATRIC LYSTER                                                  BETH COLLINS
COYOTE ACRES                                                  235 YOUNGE ST. SOUTH
BOX 118, FAWCETT , ALBERTA                             TARA, ONTARIO
T0G 0Y0                                                             N0H 2N0
Ph/fax 780-954-2443                                           Ph 519-934-3239
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