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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.

The popularity of this breed is steadily increasing, and it is safe to say the Canadian Arcott 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 are everything you could ask for, if muscling, growth, and finish are your top priorities. If you want a prolific breed, the Canadian will not do that for you, rather their lambing percentage is around 180%.

Unfortunately, Canadian Arcotts often get lumped with Rideau Arcotts. 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.

The final product known as the CANADIAN ARCOTT that bred true and was released to producers from the Animal Research Centre in Ottawa was comprised of:

37% Suffolk

28% Ile de France

14% Leicester

7% North Country Cheviot

6% Romnelet

Remaining 8% - Shropshire, Lincoln, Southdown, Dorset, East Friesian, Finnsheep, Corriedale.

Compare that to the Rideau:

40% Finnish Landrace

20% Suffolk

14% East Friesian

9% Shropshire

8% Horned Dorset

Remaining 9%- Border Leicester, North Country Cheviot, Romnelet, Corriedale.

With the amount of Finnish Landrace and East Friesian in the Rideau, you can see why it is a prolific breed, with a lighter-boned frame and less muscle. The Canadian at 37% Suffolk and 28% IDF is NOT the same thing. Make sure you know what you are looking for, and more importantly, make sure you know what you are getting!

There are some rumblings on the "Ovine Grapevine" that there may be plans afoot to cross Canadian rams with Rideau ewes (or even vice versa) and simply market tham as "Arcotts". There is also a movement in the works to allow grading up in the Canadian Arcott breed. If you want Canadian Arcotts, look for registered purebreds, and if someone is telling you they are simply Arcotts, that is a HUGE red flag!

There will be no crossbreds and no graded up sheep here at Coyote Acres Ranch. Sheep Trax means purebred!

*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. Watch for Sheep Trax Canadian Arcotts at the 2019 All Canada Classic in Humbold, SK! And check back in the spring of 2019 for AI-sired ram lambs sired by the rams in the listing below!

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.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Pen of 2 Market Lambs, 2018 Priddis & Millarville Fair.

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 slated to show and sell at the 2019 All Canada Classic in Saskatchewan. Come out to Humboldt and check him out!

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

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 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

AI-Sired Lambs for 2019

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AI-Sired Lambs for 2019
Polycott 551Y
AI-Sired Lambs for 2019
 
AI-Sired Lambs for 2019
Canadian Arc 559X
AI-Sired Lambs for 2019
 

IN THE BEGINNING.... I am very pleased to announce that in mid-January of 2019 there will be AI-sired Canadian Arcott lambs hitting the ground (softly). There are 10 ewes carrying lambs sired by Polycott 551Y (DOB May 29, 1989, reg. no. 392460, a son of two foundation animals), and 8 ewes carrying lambs sired by Canadian Arc 559X (DOB June 16, 1988, reg. no. 379613, an original foundation animal for this breed). What an incredible opportunity this is to take the breed right back to the beginning! All AI-sired ewe lambs are going to be kept in the flock. There will be AI-sired ram lambs available from at least one of the rams in 2019, and watch for an AI-sired ram lamb at the 2019 All Canada Classic in Humboldt, Saskatchewan!

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