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Coyote Acres Ranch (Patric & Lorri Lyster)
Box 24, Halkirk, Alberta, T0C 1M0
Ph. 403-884-2625 Fax. 403-884-2635
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We have been raising Horned Dorsets since 1993. Prior to that I had raised commercial sheep and then raised Suffolks and Polled Dorsets. As well we are raising Shropshires. I started in the sheep business in 1973 commercially and started in purebreds in 1977 with Suffolks. In 1980 I added Polled Dorsets which eventually led to selling off the Suffolk flock. The Dorsets' ability to breed out of season coupled with their mothering and milking ability gave them quite an edge in profitability. The Horned Dorset had always appealed to me but were not readily available in Western Canada so I held off for awhile. In 1993 I had some Horned lambs born to polled parents, rekindling the wish to try Horned Dorsets. In 1994 I purchased some registered sheep from Brian Cathcart. Throughout the years I have added genetics from many Ontario breeders as well as purchasing the majority of the Cox Creek flock from Quebec. I also purchased a ram from Greg Marshall in Nova Scotia. Perhaps the most important genetic acquisition has been the purchase of semen from New Zealand and the United Kingdom. The New Zealand ram Douglas Downs 77/95 introduced some outside genetics from a great ram who has since had his genetics spread throughout the world. The ram from Greg Marshall was a ram he had purchased from William Crowson. This ram was the result of semen that had been imported from the Poorton flock in the United Kingdom. So when I went looking for another bloodline, it wasn't long until I was in contact with Francis Fooks, the owner of the Poorton Flock. I was able to make a deal to get semen from his best proven flock sire, Poorton W124. Through artificial insemination, we have addded these great genetics to our flock. I continue to use both Douglas Downs 77/95 and Poorton W124 via A.I.. I also currently use a son of W124, a son off the Crowson (Greg Marshall) ram as well as having a rams from John Fisher, Karl Bowen and Brian Cathcart. Always on the lookout for different bloodlines that are proven, who knows where our search will lead to next. My goal is to find superior genetics and then linebreed to them to help instill it in my flock as a breeding line. In this way I not only get the outcross but also can preserve the bloodline for future use.


We have not shown very much in recent years as the top show ring sheep are often not the type that I feel are the profitable kind for the commercial producer. However, we try to show or perhaps rather display our sheep at the All Canada Classic. We have had numerous Grand and Reserve Champions with our Horned Dorsets. My son, Rocky, has also done quite well showing Horned Dorsets in the junior shows. Most recently he won the T.M. Reed Memorial Award for the best ewe lamb at Farmfair International in Edmonton, Alberta.

Breeding stock available. Check our sale barn for current listings.

History and breed facts: The exact history of the Horned Dorset is not real clear. History tells that the Spanish wished to conquer England, perhaps at this time Merinos were introduced to Southwest England. Crossing with the Horned Sheep of Wales may have resulted in the start of the Horned Dorset, a desirable all-purpose sheep. Whatever the true beginning was, thus began a breed of sheep which spread over Dorset, Somerset, Devon, and most of Wales, which were called Horned Dorsets. As early as 1860 Dorsets (as they were known in the USA) appeared in Oregon. In 1885 Dorsets from England were exhibited in Chicago. This seems to have been one of the first importations to the Eastern United States. In 1949 the first POLLED Dorsets were born at North Carolina State University. They were born to Horned parents, a mutation is believed to have occurred in their sire. However it wasn't until 1956 that they were accepted into the Continental Dorset Club registry. Thus began the era of the Polled Dorset which led to the Horned Dorset reaching a level of being rare. My belief is that despite the characteristics of Polled Dorsets being similar to Horned Dorsets, the comparison is somewhat hard to make. The Polled Dorsets have been selected quite heavily for the show ring and either through neglect to select for out of season breeding or questionable genetics, they have lost some of what has made Dorsets so highly sought after. Both Horned and Polled Dorsets are a white sheep of medium size with good length of body and excellent muscling. Rams should weigh 225 to 275 pounds or more at maturity and ewes normally weigh from 150 to 200 pounds. They produce a very white fleece that is strong and close, weighing normally between 5 and 9 pounds. Dorsets produce excellent carcasses and are noted for being one of the most sought after producers of lightweight carcasses, especially for Christmas and Easter. The Dorsets' biggest claim to fame is their OUT OF SEASON breeding capability. The ewes are also known to be good milkers and excellent mothers with a high percentage of multiple births being produced. Early maturity enables the ewes to produce their first lamb crop at a year of age and their longevity allows them to continue producing for many years, with some producing into their teen years.

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Champion Ewe Lamb Farmfair 2006,
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Douglas Downs 77 95 AI Sire
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Flocksire 144R Sired by W124
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Three Musketeers
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Tiffany and Mac
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Champion and reserve 2009 All Canada Classic
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Champion Horned Dorset ewe, all Canada Classic 2012
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Reserve Champion Horned Dorset ewe, 2013 All Canada Classic.
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Reserve Champion Horned Dorset ram, 2013 All Canada Classic.

COYOTE ACRES EUGENA 81E

JAN 30, 2017   HORNED DORSET   (730454H)   FEMALE    Contact us for pricing
COYOTE ACRES EUGENA 81E
Champion Horned Dorset Ewe, 2017 All Canada Classic

CONSIGNED TO THE ALL CANADA CLASSIC. THIS EWE LAMB IS A SHOWY TWIN WITH A LOT OF GREAT BREEDING FROM THE MONTE FORSTER FLOCK FROM OREGON. Thank-you to Justin Grashof of Bowden, AB fior purchasing the Champion Horned Dorset Ewe at the 2017 All Canada Classic!

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Coyote Acres Trojan 154D

January 21, 2016   Horned Dorset   (720806-H)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Coyote Acres Trojan 154D
 
Coyote Acres Trojan 154D
154D on June 19.

Another AI-sired son of the British ram Sandy Lane Trojan, out of a very thick, traditional type ewe.

Sandy Lane Trojan Blackhill Puddletown
Sandy Lane N0165
Coyote Acres Greta 118B Coyote Acres Greg 13T
Collins Douglas Woopi14W

Coyote Acres Francis 147D

January 20, 2016   Horned Dorset   (720677-H)   Male    Contact us for pricing
Coyote Acres Francis 147D
147D on June 19.
Coyote Acres Francis 147D
147D on June 19.

AI-sired by the Poorton W124 ram, this fellow is loaded with both British and New Zealand genetics. He is exceptionally long-bodied, and carries a lot of muscle on a moderate frame. His dam, a very productive ewe with a beautiful udder, won an interbreed Mature Ewe class at Millarville Fair as an 8-year-old.

Poorton W124 1671 Brewen Park 519-96
Poorton P22
Coyote Acres Fran 127S Coyote Acres Francis144R
Coyote Acres NZ Gal 140R

SANDY LANE TROJAN

  HORNED DORSET   MALE   
SANDY LANE TROJAN
 

TROJAN IS IN USE BY A.I. TROJAN WAS SELECTED FROM THE AMAZING SANDY LANE HORNED DORSET FLOCK OWNED BY SAM DRIVER IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. THE SANDY LANE FLOCK PRODUCES LARGE NUMBERS OF EXCELLENT CARCASS LAMBS AS WELL AS RAISING SOME OF THE BEST STUD SHEEP THAT ONE CAN FIND IN THE HORNED DORSET BREED. DUE TO THE ROUGH TERRAIN THAT THE SHEEP ARE RAISED ON AND THE NUMBERS THAT SAM RUNS, IT ENSURES THAT THE SHEEP ARE VERY SOUND AND LOW MAINTENANCE. PICKING JUST ONE RAM FROM SAM'S FOCK WAS NOT EASY BUT WE CHOSE TROJAN AND THE RESULTS HAVE NOT DISAPPOINTED US. HE SIRES THICK MEATY LAMBS WITH PLENTY OF BONE AND TONS OF BREED CHARACTER. WE WILL BE USING HIM AGAIN IN THE FUTURE AS WELL AS USING ONE OF HIS BEST SONS.

Mac's 117

   
Mac's 117
Mac's 117

Mac as we call this powerhouse ram. Purchased from Monte Forster of Tangent, Oregon through the National Dorset sale in 2009, Mac has shown the power in his blood by siring our top gaining lambs in January 2010 (lambs over 60 pounds in 60 days with no creep feed). We used him again this fall on a larger number of ewes and are really looking forward to his next lamb crop. For anyone who doubts linebreeding, they need to see this ram, study his pedigree but most importantly, study his offspring. Interestingly, he has clicked with most any line but especially so with our daughters of Nichols 6803, Janicki 279 and Janicki 379 (these three rams all trace back to Janicki 88 who is the sire of Fine 25-95). We selected the Nichols and Janicki rams partly because of the maternal power of Janicki 88, now we have another shot of this with Mac. Mac's 117 was used in the Monte Forster flock in the spring of 2009, I saw his offspring this spring and man what a super set of fall lambs. Structurally correct with length and lots of muscle. I know Mac is going to have a big influence on our flock and look forward to his next crop of lambs. Power in the genes.

Forster Org 95 Sir Bud Forster Orgn 11
Forster Orgn 12
Forster Orange 110 Forster Orgn 11
Forster Orange 39
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