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Canadian Arcott Sheep

In the late ‘90s when I decided I wanted to raise sheep, I did a lot of research into the various breeds available, and had a handful of different breeds in mind when I began my search for breeding stock. When I found Canadian Arcotts not far from where I was living at the time, I checked them out because they had made my short list. This was how I met Thresa Schreiner of Barthel, SK, a breeder who had been raising Canadian Arcotts since they were originally released to producers from the Animal Research Centre in Ottawa. She was a tremendous source of knowledge, help, and advice, and the commercial flock of Canadian Arcotts that I had right up until July 2013 was entirely descended from the 15 ewe lambs I bought from her in 1999.

It is very satisfying to see how the popularity of this breed is steadily increasing. The Canadian Arcott is not a fad, it is not the "in thing", it is here to stay. There are more purebred flocks starting up, and as always, several commercial flocks use Canadian Arcott rams to improve the muscling and speed up the growth and finish on their crossbred lambs. As well, the versatility of the finish on this breed means a Canadian Arcott lamb can be slaughtered at 90 pounds, at 100 pounds, at 110 pounds, all the way up to 125-130 pounds, before it becomes over-finished. 

The major stumbling block with this breed has been the fact that it was mis-marketed as a "terminal sire" breed (see description below), which implies that the producer ships everything and does not keep any daughters as replacements. This is unfortunate, and it is incorrect. Canadian Arcott ewes have much to recommend them, and there is no real reason not to use them. The only place they do not seem to shine is in the show ring! In shows where all breeds show together, Canadian Arcott  lambs and rams absolutely excel in the show ring, but ewes seem to get passed over. The show world has not yet come to terms with the fact that the ewe can look exactly like the champion market lamb she gave birth to, and it does not take a two- or three-way cross to produce that market lamb!

*Excellent muscling with excellent mothering*

*Fast growth*

*Early finish without over-finish at heavier weights*

History and breed facts: 

“The Canadian Arcott is one of the three Arcott breeds developed at the federal government research station in Ottawa between 1970 and 1985 and released to Canadian farms in the late 1980's. Canadian Arcotts were the result of a crossbreeding program that included Ile de France and Suffolk, producing a new breed with strong meat characteristics. It is a medium sized sheep, short and thick. The lambs are fast growing, meaty animals that finish well for either the light or heavy lamb market. They produce an excellent carcass with good meat to bone ratio. The ewes are easy lambers and require low to medium maintenance. They adapt well to either pasture or confinement management. The rams make excellent terminal sires to improve meat characteristics on many other breeds.”

Breeding stock available. Our sale barn will be updated often with available animals. Watch for yearling rams, ram lambs and ewe lambs at the 3rd Annual Genetic Impact Ram & Ewe Sale, Aug. 25, 2018 at the Westlock, AB Ag Barn.

**If you would like to see a selection of lambs from past years, please go to our "For Sale" page and click on "Filter by Sold Animals" to see an overview of what we have sold in the past.**

Canadian Arcott Sheep
Gimme some room!
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Young ewe with her twins.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Check out those ears!
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Canadian Arcotts at the 2013 All Canada Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Canadian Arcott ewe, 2013 All Canada Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Canadian Arcott ram, 2013 All Canada Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Pen of 2 Market Lambs, Grand Champion Market Lamb (in front), 2013 Millarville Fair.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Bitsy 84B. This one's a keeper!
Canadian Arcott Sheep
2014 Priddis & Millarville Fair Grand Champion Market Lamb.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Priddis & Millarville Fair 2014 Champion Pen of Two Market Lambs.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Lambs are hitting the ground in 2015. Twin girls with yearling mom.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
2014 All Canada Classic Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
2014 All Canada Classic Reserve Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
2014 All Canada Classic Champion Canadian Arcott Ram.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
2014 All Canada Classic Reserve Champion Canadian Arcott Ram.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Grand Champion Market Lamb, 2015 Classic- Sheep Trax Cinnamon 490C. Photo credit- Randy Eros.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Pen of 2 Market Lambs, 2016 Millarville Fair.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe, 2016 All Canada Classic, Sheep Trax Ciara 544C.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Canadian Arcott Ram, 2016 All Canada Classic, Sheep Trax Cavalier 548C.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Butch 57B, Champion Canadian Arcott Ram, 2015 All Canada Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Cinnamon 490C, Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe, 2015 All Canada Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Reserve Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe, 2017 All Canada Classic
Canadian Arcott Sheep
First Place Junior Ram Lamb and Reserve Champion Canadian Arcott Ram, 2017 All Canada Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Pen of Two Market Lambs, 2017 Millarville Fair.

Sheep Trax Eisha 11E

Jan. 1, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (732252)   Female   
Sheep Trax Eisha 11E
 

This triplet ewe lamb is quickly rising to the top of the 2017 lamb crop. Sired by a home-bred ram and out of a daughter of Ivelcote 57S, a ewe that was known for having triplets and for producing outstanding daughters, this RR ewe lamb has been retained for the breeding flock as we tend to hang onto any females in the Ivelcote 57S ewe family. 

Sheep Trax Chevy 106C Sheep Trax Clovis 470C
Sheep Trax Bramble 52B
Zubot Farms 86Z Medicine Ridge 545T
Ivelcote 57S

Sheep Trax Enya 4E

Jan. 1, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (732247)   Female   
Sheep Trax Enya 4E
 

This twin ewe lamb, whose parents are both scrapie genotype RR, is a granddaughter of the Sawyer C 104W ewe, a ewe that consistently produced the best lambs, and is sired by our venerable old Germanie 4072Y, a ram that never lets us down. Over the last five years, the ram that has consistently produced the overall best group of lambs has been 4072Y. Although we are retaining her twin sister, we have also opted to keep 4E and add her to the breeding flock.

Germanie 4072Y Germanie 2711W
Germanie 1766W
Sheep Trax Aspen 367A Germaine 4006Y
Sawyer C 104W

Sheep Trax Erica 73E

Jan. 10, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (732275)   Female   
Sheep Trax Erica 73E
 

A blend of Quebec and Saskatchewan breeding, this twin ewe lamb is pretty special. This lamb and her brother are out of a 10-year-old ewe, and that ewe is still here for a reason. I have decided to keep 73E and add her to the flock.

Sheep Trax Angus 366A Germanie 4006Y
Sawyer C 104W
Sawyer C 111T Sawyer C 39N
Sawyer C 33P
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