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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.

Over the years I have come to see some breeders that are so focused on selling their own genetics that they almost become secretive about where they drew their genetics from. These animals did not simply happen!  Credit where credit is due, I would like to acknowledge the producers whose genetics I have used to  create the Sheep Trax flock: the Germanie flock from Quebec; the Sawyer and Zubot flocks in Saskatchewan, and a handful from the Napkin Farm flock in Alberta; these animals enabled me to bring in Schreiner, Ivelcote, and Come And Go lines; and from Quebec, a few animals from Guillaume Allaire and Bergerie Agneaux de la Plaine (Francois Champagne and Lyne Brodeur), which allowed me to continue with more Germanie lines. The Germanie, Schreiner, Sawyer, Come And Go, Zubot, and Ivelcote flocks are gone forever, and I am doing my best to continue, through the Sheep Trax flock, their legacies, as well as those of the foundation Canadian Arc and first-generation Polycott animals that I used via AI.  

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!

 If someone tells you a sheep is "an Arcott", don't be afraid to ask what kind of Arcott, and don't make assumptions. Always ask! 

There was a movement in the works to allow grading up in the Canadian Arcott breed, something we have always felt was wholly unnecessary. However, as of March 23, 2019, after the ballots were counted, it was announced at the 2019 CSBA Annual General Meeting that the motion to allow grading up in Canadian Arcotts was defeated. 

Here at Coyote Acres Ranch, Sheep Trax means purebred, and it always will. There are a lot of Canadian Arcott females being sold as commercials, without papers (something I have not yet done); as long as there are large numbers of ewe lambs being sold without papers, it cannot be argued that grading up is necessary to increase the genetic diversity of the breed, and even if we could control what ewes were used in a grading up program and they were all commercial Canadians, they would still all be related to existing flocks. Enough said on that subject.

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*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.”

 

What a STUPENDOUS 2019 Classic we had! Canadian Arcotts had a huge class and a phenomenal sale, particularly the rams! Sheep Trax rams were the #1, #2, and #4 high-selling Canadian Arcott rams, which had an almost unbelievable average of $1152! Canadian Arcott rams from Sheep Trax and from the Braebank flock in Saskatchewan sold for $1700 to $2000 at the Classic, which has set a new record, and shows how this breed has gained respect in the 30 years since its release. New sales in Alberta are including them, and existing sales are adding them. 

Next lambs hit the ground in late September 2020, then December 2020 through February 2021.

Canadian Arcott Sheep
Gimme some room!
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Young ewe with her twins.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Check out those ears!
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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.
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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.
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Reserve Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe, 2017 All Canada Classic
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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.
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154E was the Champion Canadian Arcott Ram at the 2018 Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Champion Pen of 2 Market Lambs, 2018 Priddis & Millarville Fair.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Felix 260F, Grand Champion Ram at the 2019 Priddis & Millarville Fair.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Edison 149E, Reserve Champion Canadian Arcott Ram, 2019 All Canada Classic.
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Elsa 143E, Reserve Champion Canadian Arcott Ewe, 2019 All Canada Classic
Canadian Arcott Sheep
Sheep Trax Falcon 926F, high-selling Cdn Arcott ram, 2019 All Canada Classic

AI Sires

   
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Polycott 551Y
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Canadian Arc 559X
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 In mid-January of 2019 the first batch of AI-sired Canadian Arcott lambs hit the ground (softly). In 2019 we once again AI'd to these old rams. All of the AI-sired ewe lambs are staying here and the rams are all sold.

 What an incredible opportunity this has been to take the breed right back to the beginning! The lamb pictured is a son of Sheep Trax 258D and Polycott 551Y. He shows exactly what I was looking for from these sires- excellent length, good bone, and that topline! Topline can be an issue in this breed, with so many breeders pushing for ribeye muscle depth and selecting based strictly on Genovis numbers, and these early animals are showing the capability to keep that topline straight. We are also carefully checking feet. So far these lambs are looking great!

Now we proceed with the legacy of these two rams, breeding their sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters. It is very gratifying to see a foundation ram and a first-generation ram making their mark 30+ years later. It is also really interesting to note that in those 30+ years we have not really been able to improve on the breed. And I don't think that is a bad thing. It is fairly arrogant to think that we could have done so much to improve them, because this was a phenomenal breed from the start! This opportunity to 'press reset' has been nothing but good and I am excited about the future of Sheep Trax Canadian Arcotts.

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Sheep Trax Pol 960G

Jan. 14, 2019   Canadian Arcott   (755562)   Male   
Sheep Trax Pol 960G
 
Sheep Trax Pol 960G
 
Sheep Trax Pol 960G
 
Sheep Trax Pol 960G
 
Sheep Trax Pol 960G
 
Sheep Trax Pol 960G
 
Sheep Trax Pol 960G
 

AI-sired by the 1989 first-generation ram Polycott 551Y, this twin ram lamb, scrapie genotype RR, weighed in at 129 pounds on June 1, 2019. He has a great topline and lots of length and muscle. This ram is the 2019 Polycott 551Y son I have chosen to keep in the flock. 960G was used in 2019 and his 2020 lambs looked great! Nearly all of his daughters have already sold, and three of his daughters sold in the 5th Annual Genetic Impact Sale on Aug. 8th; his son Sheep Trax Hercules 95H also sold in the Genetic Impact Sale. This ram is already leaving his mark!

Polycott 551Y Canadian Arc 224W
Canadian Arc 391U
Sheep Trax Daisy 126D Sawyer C 58X
Sawyer C 111T

Sheep Trax Badger 83B

Jan 31 2014   Canadian Arcott   M   
Sheep Trax Badger 83B
Badger 83B on June 19 2014.
Sheep Trax Badger 83B
 
Sheep Trax Badger 83B
 
Sheep Trax Badger 83B
 
Sheep Trax Badger 83B
 

Badger 83B was meant to be a keeper, but ultimately I sold him to the Lennox family in Ontario in 2014. This ram, scrapie genotype QR, is out of the ewe Sawyer C 104W, who seemed to consistently throw the best lambs. Badger packs a lot of bulk into a deceptively compact-looking package.

I always regretted selling this ram, and especially after I lost his mother. In May of 2019, I got Badger back, and he is now back in his birth flock. There will be Badger-sired lambs for sale in 2021, for 2020 it looks as though all the Badger lambs are already sold.

**A Badger son sold in the 2020 Genetic Impact Ram & Ewe Sale, Aug. 8, 2020 at Stettler Auction Mart, and it was really hard to let him go! Looking forward to more Badger lambs in September, December, and Jan-Feb of 2021.

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Sheep Trax Canon 941G

Jan. 13, 2019   Canadian Arcott   (755554)   Single   Male   
Sheep Trax Canon 941G
 
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Sheep Trax Canon 941G
 
Sheep Trax Canon 941G
Sheep Trax Canon 941G as a yearling.
Sheep Trax Canon 941G
 
Sheep Trax Canon 941G
 

Single AI-sired ram sired by the foundation ram Canadian Arc 559X This is a nice, compact, heavy muscled ram with a very laid-back temperament!  His scrapie genotype is RR, and he is the only RR  of the 2019 559X sons. I  have used this ram and am very happy with his lambs; and because he is RR I am happy to add him to the ram pen!

Canadian Arc 559X Canadian Arc 19W
Canadian Arc 411U
Sheep Trax Calliope 104C Sheep Trax Clovis 470C
Sheep Trax Alice 333A

Sheep Trax Canon 966G

Jan. 15, 2019   Canadian Arcott   (755558)   Male   
Sheep Trax Canon 966G
 
Sheep Trax Canon 966G
 
Sheep Trax Canon 966G
 
Sheep Trax Canon 966G
 

QQ single AI-sired son of the foundation ram Canadian Arc 559X, this ram does not only go back to the roots of the breed on his sire's side, but he is also chock full of old lines on his mother's side too. This ram is a great example of why it is not a good idea to select solely based on scrapie genotype. The pedigree on this ram dictates that scrapie genotype is irrelevant!   Lots of great Sawyer breeding there, from a ewe family that certainly knows how to grow. Sometimes it is the sheep that make our decisions for us. This ram has begun to rise to the top, and because of his incredibly unique pedigree he has been selected to stay in the flock. I am expecting the first lambs sired by this ram in early January 2021.

Canadian Arc 559X Canadian Arc 19W
Canadian Arc 411U
Sheep Trax Evita 115E Sheep Trax Woody 107C
Sawyer C 76X

Sheep Trax Forrest 916F

Sept. 12, 2018   Canadian Arcott   (753295)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Sheep Trax Forrest 916F
 
Sheep Trax Forrest 916F
 
Sheep Trax Forrest 916F
 
Sheep Trax Forrest 916F
 
Sheep Trax Forrest 916F
 
Sheep Trax Forrest 916F
 
Sheep Trax Forrest 916F
 

Here is a ram full of old lines with a family tree full of great old Sawyer and Zubot/Ivelcote animals. You cannot get this stuff anymore. This ram, scrapie genotype RR, a fall-born single, was going to show and sell in the 2020 All Canada Classic, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I am confident he would have done well in both the show and the sale. I have  sold a half-interest in this ram to someone not far away, and I will eventually bring him home and put him to use!

Sheep Trax Woody 107C Sawyer C 20Z
Zubot Farms 404X
Sheep Trax Equinox 3E Germanie 4072Y
Sheep Trax Aspen 367A

Canadian Ewe Lambs for 2021

  Canadian Arcott   Female    Contact us for pricing
Canadian Ewe Lambs for 2021
 
Canadian Ewe Lambs for 2021
 
Canadian Ewe Lambs for 2021
 

2020 has been a great year already! Except for a small group held back to select from for the Genetic Impact Sale, Canadian Arcott ewe lambs were sold out by May 20.

In 2019 and 2020 I kept a lot of replacements, all but a few  of them AI-sired. Therefore, in 2021, almost all of the Canadian Arcott ewe lambs will be for sale. There will be lambs born in September, December, and January-February. Classic ewes (if there is a Classic) will probably be selected from the September group, Genetic Impact ewe lambs likely from the September and December groups. Other than the odd keeper for pedigree reasons, everything else will be available. If you are looking to purchase registered Canadian Arcott ewe lambs next year, it would not hurt to get in touch now, the sooner the better. Pictures for attention, ewe lambs pictured have been sold! Inquiries are starting already!

lorri@coyoteacresranch.com

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Sheep Trax Pol 15H

Jan. 4, 2020   Canadian Arcott   (Pending)   Male   
Sheep Trax Pol 15H
 
Sheep Trax Pol 15H
 
Sheep Trax Pol 15H
 

Here is one I will not be letting go. An AI-sired twin out of a ewe that was not yet one year of age, this ram and his twin sister have the most unique pedigree, having the first-generation ram Polycott 551Y ram as their sire and the foundation ram Canadian Arc 559X as their grandsire. In other words, this ram is 3/4 foundation stock! Talk about hitting the reset button!  Going back on his dam's side to the old Sawyer C 76X ewe is an added bonus, so he will really fit the plan. This fellow will stay here and enter the breeding program.

Polycott 551Y Canadian Arc 224W
Canadian Arc 391U
Sheep Trax Candy 958G Canadian Arc 559X
Sheep Trax Eva 116E

Sheep Trax Canon 38H

Jan. 6, 2020   Canadian Arcott   (Pending)   Male   
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 
Sheep Trax Canon 38H
 

AI-sired triplets are unexpected, especially in a breed with a lambing percentge of 180%. Dixie 258D outdid herself, carrying three big ram lambs, who ultimately all made the cut! Sired by the foundation ram Canadian Arc 559X, out of a granddaughter of both Sawyer C 76X and the old Germanie 4072Y ram, these boys also have old Ivelcote lines in their pedigree. What stands out about these three rams is the muscle and the bone, as well as their phenomenally fast growth. This particular ram, 38H, is looking to be the best of the bunch. And because he is the best of the bunch, he has been selected to keep. We have a few of his lambs on the ground in early 2021 and they look great!

Canadian Arc 559X Canadian Arc 19W
Canadian Arc 411U
Sheep Trax Dixie 258D Sheep Trax Billy 72B
Sheep Trax Charisma 507C

2021 Rams

Sept- Jan   Canadian Arcott   Male    Contact us for pricing
2021 Rams
 
2021 Rams
 
2021 Rams
 

Canadian Arcott rams will once again be for sale in 2021. PLEASE NOTE- there will be NO YEARLINGS this year. Rams completely sold out in 2020. We will, however, be lambing out a group of ewes in May of 2021, and there are 23 Canadian Arcott ewes confirmed by ultrasound bred to Sheep Trax Fortune 188F.  Ultrasound indicates half of these ewes will have twins and one looks like possible triplets. So there will be a good May lamb crop! These lambs will be kept to yearling for sale in 2022, but that is not to say I won't part with any May lambs in November or December ;-)

There will be fall-born rams available, born in September of 2020. The next group will range from late December through late January. Some of these rams will be kept back for the 6th Annual Genetic Impact Sale, Aug. 7 at Stettler Auction Mart. The rest will be for sale. Don't hesitate to contact me about these guys, the earlier the better!

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