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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!

Another stumbling block for the breed is that they often get lumped with Rideau Arcotts, perhaps because of the similar name. Rideau Arcotts are great in cross-breeding programs, and they are stupendous producers for people who can handle prolific breeds, but they are not for everyone. Rest assured that the Canadian Arcott is NOT the same thing as a Rideau! The Canadians have faster growth, faster finish, better muscling, and a lower lambing percentage; the ewes are still very maternal and great milkers, but they do not produce the quads and quints that the Rideau is known for.

*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. There are ram lambs available for private sale, ewe lambs are sold out for 2018, except for the 9 selling in the Genetic Impact Sale at Westlock, Aug. 25!

 

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.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
144E was the Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe at the 2018 Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
154E was the Champion Canadian Arcott Ram at the 2018 Classic.

Sheep Trax Edge 154E

Oct. 4, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (741662)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Edge 154E
 
Sheep Trax Edge 154E
 
Sheep Trax Edge 154E
154E was the Champion Canadian Arcott Ram at the 2018 Classic.

Our Sr. Ram Lamb entry in the 2018 All Canada Classic, this RR ram lamb comes from a line that has proven itself in the show ring before: his mother is a full sister to the 2015 Classic Champion Canadian Arcott ewe, who also won the market lamb show at that event. He has incredible length, and fast growth coupled with heavy bone that can handle rapid gain. His 100-day weight was 111 pounds. Come check him out at Truro, he sells Sat. July 7. Jacques & Jocelyne McGraw of Cormier Village, New Brunswick, I cannot thank you enough for purchasing this ram! I hope that this ram, who has exceptional length and muscle, will do good things for you! He is the highest-selling ram I have ever sold in a Classic.

Sheep Trax Damon 117D Sawyer C 58X
Zubot Farms 42X
Sheep Trax Bramble 52B Germanie 4006Y
Germanie 5302Y

Sheep Trax Esprit 144E

Oct. 1, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (741656)   Female    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Esprit 144E
 
Sheep Trax Esprit 144E
144E was the Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe at the 2018 Classic.

The pedigree of this fall-born ewe lamb also goes back to the full sister of the 2015 Classic Champion Canadian Arcott ewe, and her sire's grandfather was the Champion Canadian Arcott ram that year as well. Her sire now resides at Veteran Colony, where they think quite highly of him. Her dam goes back to the ram Sawyer C 47T, a ram that has influenced a lot of western flocks. This ewe lamb's scrapie genotype is RR, and she sells on Sat. July 7 at the All Canada Classic in Truro, Nova Scotia, come have a look! I am so happy to thank Jacques & Jocelyne McGraw of Cormier Village, New Brunswick for purchasing this outstanding ewe lamb. I hope you are very happy with her and her lambs!

Sheep Trax Chevy 106C Sheep Trax Clovis 470C
Sheep Trax Bramble 52B
Lakeland 703C Medicine Ridge 552Y
Sawyer C 11X

Sheep Trax Edison 149E

Oct. 3, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (741658)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Edison 149E
 
Sheep Trax Edison 149E
 

This fall-born twin ram lamb is shaping up beautifully, so much so that he is a very strong candidate for the 2019 All Canada Classic in Saskatchewan.

Sheep Trax Woody 107C Sawyer C 20Z
Zubot Farms 404X
Sheep Trax Bailey 115B Germanie 4072Y
Sheep Trax Aspen 367A

Sheep Trax Ebonie 151E

Oct. 3, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (741660)   Female    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Ebonie 151E
 

This fall-born ewe lamb will sell on Aug. 25, 2018 at the Genetic Impact Ram & Ewe Sale at the Westlock, AB Ag Barn! She sells in a pen of 2 with Sheep Trax Flora 180F. They are a well-matched pair, with thickness and color, so come have a look!

Sheep Trax Woody 107C Sawyer C 20Z
Zubot Farms 404X
Alberts Kate 93B Zubot Farms 127A
Zubot Farms 86Z

Sheep Trax Ethan 155E

Oct. 4, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (741663)   Male    Pending Sale
Sheep Trax Ethan 155E
 
Sheep Trax Ethan 155E
 

It is great to get twins out of season, but NKF 50B treated us to fall-born triplets! His triplet sisters have already sold, and this fellow is ready to work for you this summer or fall. This ram should add fertility to his daughters. SALE PENDING.

Sheep Trax Damon 117D Sawyer C 58X
Zubot Farms 42X
Napkin Farm 50B Napkin Farm 93S
Napkin Farm 42Z

Sheep Trax Enzo 159E

Oct. 4, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (743144)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Enzo 159E
 
Sheep Trax Enzo 159E
 

This fall-born twin ram, scrapie genotype RR, sells at the Genetic Impact Sale, Aug. 25 at Westlock, AB!

Sheep Trax Woody 107C Sawyer C 20Z
Zubot Farms 404X
Sheep Trax Amy 350A Germanie 4006Y
Sawyer C 96T

Sheep Trax Earl 136E

Apr. 22, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (735081)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Earl 136E
 
Sheep Trax Earl 136E
 
Sheep Trax Earl 136E
 

This ram is a grandson of Sheep Trax Angus 366A, a ram known for his lambing ease. His dam comes from a line known for having triplets. This young yearling ram is all set to sell in the Genetic Impact Sale in Westlock, Aug. 25! 

Sheep Trax Dante 270D Sheep Trax Angus 366A
Sheep Trax Briar 393B
Sheep Trax Delaney 181D Sawyer C 58X
Napkin Farm 27A

Sheep Trax Eric 72E

Jan. 10, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (732274)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Eric 72E
 
Sheep Trax Eric 72E
 

This ram is a twin out of a 10-year-old ewe; his twin sister was kept in the flock. 72E had phenomenal growth as a lamb, and is a really well-muscled yearling who will produce outstanding market lambs. Come check him out at the 3rd Annual Genetic Impact Ram & Ewe Sale, Aug. 25 at the Westlock, AB Ag Barn.

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

Sheep Trax Elton 87E

Feb. 10, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (735071)   Male    $750.00
Sheep Trax Elton 87E
 
Sheep Trax Elton 87E
 
Sheep Trax Elton 87E
 

This will be one of the last rams offered for sale sired by Sheep Trax Angus 366A, who we sadly lost in 2017. Angus was known for lambing ease (we never even saw an Angus lamb being born, let alone ever pulled one), and also for temperament. The Angus sons are friendly and easy-going, often looking for attention, and 87E is no exception. Long, thick, and correct, with good bone, this ram is waiting to go to work.

Sheep Trax Angus 366A Germanie 4006Y
Sawyer C 104W
FCLB 39237B PAGI 53547Z
Germaie 1729U

Sheep Trax Elias 105E

Feb. 16, 2017   Canadian Arcott   (735072)   Male    Pending Sale
Sheep Trax Elias 105E
 
Sheep Trax Elias 105E
 

This ram is a tank. Scrapie genotype RR, 105E is one of the last Angus 366A sons. He goes back to old Sawyer and Ivelcote lines. This is a ram built for market lamb production. SALE PENDING.

Sheep Trax Angus 366A Germanie 4006Y
Sawyer C 104W
Sheep Trax Chynna 526C Germanie 4072Y
Ivelcote 57S

Sheep Trax Flash 168F

Jan. 13, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744964)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Flash 168F
 

This twin ram lamb had phenomenal growth. His pedigree goes back to old lines (Sawyer and Germanie, flocks that are gone now) that I am trying to maintain. When you use old lines and they work, you want to keep them going, and lambs like this one are the reason we do what we do. This ram lamb sells at the Genetic Impact Sale, Sat. Aug. 25 at the Westlock, AB Ag Barn. Come have a look!

Germanie 4072Y Germanie 2711W
Germanie 1058S
Sheep Trax Chloe 535C Napkin Farm 26A
Sawyer C 73R

Sheep Trax Flint 206F

Jan. 20, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744981)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Flint 206F
 
Sheep Trax Flint 206F
 

The second son of 181D to rise to the top of the heap, 206F is another ram that goes back to an old Sawyer ewe, and is line-bred to Napkin Farm 93S, a ram that goes back to the old Come And Go flock. This ram lamb sells Sat. Aug. 25 in the Genetic Impact Ram & Ewe Sale in Westlock.

Sheep Trax Caesar 534C Napkin Farm 26A
Sawyer C 73R
Sheep Trax Delaney 181D Sawyer C 58X
Napkin Farm 27A

Sheep Trax Fairfax 225F

Jan. 28, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744985)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Fairfax 225F
 
Sheep Trax Fairfax 225F
 

This ram lamb has an interesting pedigree, his sire is the result of a Sawyer C 47T son bred to a Sawyer C 3X daughter, a combination that fits my breeding program here. Out of a ewe from Quebec who goes back to the Germanie flock, this ram lamb seems to have knocked it out of the park. He is long, thick, correct, and had fast growth coupled with enough bone to handle fast gains. He sells Aug. 25 at the Genetic Impact Sale in Westlock!

Zubot Farms 2C Nikkel RB 65A
Nikkel RB 48A
FCLB 39198B PAGI 53547Z
Germanie 1676U

Sheep Trax Ford 203F

Jan. 17, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744979)   Male    Pending Sale
Sheep Trax Ford 203F
 

Another ram with heavy Germanie influence, this twin-born ram lamb has it all. SALE PENDING.

GAVL 1414C Germanie 4776Y
Germanie 0613Z
Sheep Trax Briar 393B Germanie 4072Y
Zubot Farms 428W

Sheep Trax Fame 187F

Jan. 15, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744975)   Male    Pending Sale
Sheep Trax Fame 187F
 
Sheep Trax Fame 187F
 

This ram, Fame (and his twin brother Fortune), are sired by the GAVL 1414C ram, and out of a Sawyer C 76X daughter; this ewe, 507C, has size and super fast growth and passes it on to her lambs. This is a ram for muscle and the production of market lambs. SALE PENDING.

GAVL 1414C Germanie 4776Y
Germanie 0613Z
Sheep Trax Charisma 507C Germanie 4072Y
Sawyer C 76X

Sheep Trax Fortune 188F

Jan. 15, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744976)   Male    $600.00
Sheep Trax Fortune 188F
 
Sheep Trax Fortune 188F
 

This ram, Fortune (and his twin brother Fame), are sired by the GAVL 1414C ram, and out of a Sawyer C 76X daughter; this ewe, 507C, has size and super fast growth and passes it on to her lambs. This is a ram for muscle and the production of market lambs!

GAVL 1414C Germanie 4776Y
Germanie 0613Z
Sheep Trax Charisma 507C Germanie 4072Y
Sawyer C 76X

Sheep Trax Fitzy 194F

Jan. 16, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744977)   Male    $650.00
Sheep Trax Fitzy 194F
 
Sheep Trax Fitzy 194F
 

Here is a pedigree chock full of Sawyer and Come And Go, old lines I love to keep going. Twin born, this is a well-muscled, correct ram lamb whose 100-day weight was 99 pounds. The Caesar 534C lambs really seemed to stand out this year, and this guy is no exception.

Sheep Trax Caesar 534C Napkin Farm 26A
Sawyer C 73R
Nikkel RB 48B Sawyer C 47T
Napkin Farm 103X

Sheep Trax Fergus 219F

Jan. 27, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744983)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Fergus 219F
 
Sheep Trax Fergus 219F
 

I like to see Come And Go in a pedigree, and further back I like it even more if there is Schreiner there too, and the Zubot Farms 2C ram has both; the Napkin Farm animals go back to Come And Go as well. This ram lamb has the added bonus of being a triplet, out of a triplet! Come and check him out at the Genetic Impact Sale on Aug. 25 at the Westlock Ag Barn!

Zubot Farms 2C Nikkel RB 65A
Nikkel RB 48A
Napkin Farm 12A Napkin Farm 93S
Napkin Farm 85X

Sheep Trax Flora 180F

Jan. 14, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744972)   Female    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Flora 180F
 

Another pedigree full of old lines like Sawyer, Germanie, and Ivelcote; this ewe lamb had outstanding growth, with a 100-day weight of 107 pounds. She sells in a pen of 2 (with the fall-born ewe lamb Sheep Trax Ebonie 151E) in the 3rd Annual Genetic Impact Ram & Ewe Sale, Aug. 25 in Westlock. 

Sheep Trax Woody 107C Sawyer C 20Z
Zubot Farms 404X
Kobau Farms Candy 1C Sheep Trax Angus 366A
Sheep Trax Brynn 117B

Sheep Trax Felicity 171F

Jan. 13, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744967)   Female    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Felicity 171F
 
Sheep Trax Felicity 171F
 

With old ewes like Sawyer C 73R and Ivelcote 57S that close up, you know that this ewe lamb goes back to the old lines. The Ivelcote 57S ewe family is a phenomenal ewe producing line, and this ewe lamb is the next generation. She is a twin, very pretty, correct, and well-muscled while still being super feminine. This is what a good Canadian Arcott ewe lamb should look like! This ewe lamb is in a pen of 2 (with her half-sister 176F) in the Genetic Impact Sale, Aug. 25 in Westlock! Don't miss out, come on out and have a look.

Sheep Trax Caesar 534C Napkin Farm 26A
Sawyer C 73R
Sheep Trax Chynna 526C Germanie 4072Y
Ivelcote 57S

Sheep Trax Frosty 176F

Jan. 14, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744968)   Female    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Frosty 176F
 

176F is half-sister (same sire) to her pen-mate 171F, and they are even more closely related than that because their mothers are also half-sisters, being sired by the Germanie 4072Y ram. This would explain why they are so well-matched! Come have a look at the pen of 2 at the Genetic Impact Sale in Westlock on Aug. 25! Take the pair!

Sheep Trax Caesar 534C Napkin Farm 26A
Sawyer C 73R
Sheep Trax Catalina 503C Germanie 4072Y
Zubot Farms 425W

Pen of 5 Canadian Arcott Ewe Lambs

Jan-Feb   Canadian Arcott   Female    Contact us for pricing
Pen of 5 Canadian Arcott Ewe Lambs
 

178F, 240F, 247F, 252F, and 253F make up my commercial pen of 5 Canadian Arcott ewe lambs in the Genetic Impact Sale, Aug. 25 at the Westlock Ag Barn. Selected for both quality and uniformity, this pen has the muscling and the length you should expect from the breed, while still maintaining femininity. If you would like specific pedigree information, please feel free to contact lorri@coyoteacresranch.com for more details on sires, dams, birth dates, birth number, etc.

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Sheep Trax Fox 235F

Feb. 15, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744988)   Male    Pending Sale
Sheep Trax Fox 235F
 

Smooth, stylish ram lamb, a single out of a yearling, this ram lamb had a 100-day weight of 101 pounds. **SALE PENDING.

Sheep Trax Woody 107C Sawyer C 20Z
Zubot Farms 404X
Sheep Trax Emma 17E Sheep Trax Caesar 534C
Sheep Trax Cheyenne 551C

Sheep Trax Freddie 244F

Feb. 17, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744989)   Male    $600.00
Sheep Trax Freddie 244F
 
Sheep Trax Freddie 244F
 

Great lines, literally and on paper! This ram combines old Sawyer lines on top with even better old Sawyer lines on the bottom; the maternal great-grandmother is Sawyer C 104W, who always produced the most outstanding lambs. This ram is smooth-shouldered and correct; he is a single (but out of a yearling we prefer singles), and his 100-day weight was 99 pounds. **SOLD**

Thank-you to Larry & Lorene Bell from Red Deer County for purchasing this ram lamb!

Sheep Trax Damon 117D Sawyer C 58X
Zubot Farms 42X
Sheep Trax Enya 4E Germanie 4072Y
Sheep Trax Aspen 367A

Sheep Trax Felix 260F

Mar. 5, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744990)   Male    $650.00
Sheep Trax Felix 260F
 
Sheep Trax Felix 260F
 

This young twin-born ram lamb is the spitting image of his sire, who is from the Bergerie Agneaux de la Plaine in Quebec. On his mother's side he goes back to Sawyer C 104W, who was a favorite because of the quality her lambs always showed. 

FCLB 43895C Germanie 4045Y
FCLB 80267A
Sheep Trax Coco 110C Sawyer C 58X
Sheep Trax Aspen 367A

Sheep Trax Folsom 279F

Mar. 9, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (744994)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Folsom 279F
 

Technically for sale, this ram lamb is being considered to keep to yearling, potentially for the 2019 Classic. Please contact if you are interested and we will talk! He is another ram that goes back to Sawyer C 104W, through the Badger 83B ram, and he is shaping up to be a beautiful example of the breed!

FCLB 43895C Germanie 4045Y
FCLB 80267A
Sheep Trax Cady 489C Sheep Trax Badger 83B
Sheep Trax Alice 333A
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