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Coyote Acres Ranch (Patric & Lorri Lyster)
Box 24, Halkirk, Alberta, T0C 1M0
Ph. 403-884-2625 Fax. 403-884-2635
patric@coyoteacresranch.com or lorri@coyoteacresranch.com
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Shropshire ram lamb 82S

Shropshire page

We are relatively new to raising Shropshires. They came to my (Patric) attention through Judy Fitzsimons of Rimridge Farm. Upon looking at the breed more closely, I became more interested due to the characteristics they exhibit. They are a moderate sized sheep that produce a heavy fleece and well muscled lambs for market. Mothering and milking ability is good, which coupled with longevity made them a natural choice to complement our Horned Dorset flock. Being very similar to the Horned Dorsets allows them to be ran together except at breeding time. Our flock is based on genetics either directly or indirectly from Muriel Burnett from Ontario. Our current goals are to select for traditional type Shropshires, not the modern show ring type. To this end we are planning on using semen from the United Kingdom and select individuals from traditional bloodlined flocks. If the time returns when we can import live sheep from the USA, then we will look there, until then we will look within Canada where we already know there are some fantastic traditional Shropshires.

I (Lorri) became interested in the Shropshire breed when I felt compelled to do my part to preserve a rare breed. A few years prior, I had asked my father what breed of sheep he used to raise, and he replied Shropshire. So it was also family heritage that made the decision for me.

2021 has seen a virtual explosion in demand for Shropshire sheep. We were sold out of ewe lambs April 1. There are more coming in September!

History and breed information: The Shropshire breed originated in the counties of Shropshire and Staffordshire in central western England. 1848 is the year that the breed became known as Shropshires. In 1855 the first importation to the USA was made. By 1880 the Shropshire sheep had spread through most of the colonies. This was due to their adaptability to all kinds of pastures, hardiness in winter, their prolificacy and longevity. They soon became the most popular breed of sheep in the USA and became known as the farm flock favorite, boasting wool from the tip of their nose to the tip of their toes. Ironically this boast is a major factor contributing to their decline in popularity. A fad started to develop extremely wool covered sheep and at the same time making them more compact. This resulted in the Shropshire losing much of its size and needing trimming around the eyes to prevent wool blindness. Once again a fad almost led to the disappearance of a breed. Some progressive breeders started selecting for size and more open points. This coupled with more imports from the United Kingdom started the Shropshire on the road to recovering its once prominent place in the North American sheep industry. Shropshires are a medium sized sheep known for being a dual purpose farm flock sheep. Ewes will produce close to 10 pounds of dense fleeece. They will also produce hardy, vogorous lambs with excellent meaty carcasses. The ewes are also known for their mothering and milking ability as well as prolificacy and longevity. The rams are noted for siring lambs that will grade excellent at a young age making them suitable for both the light and heavy lamb markets.The Shropshire's appearance is somewhat variable due to variations in the head and leg coloring ranging from a grey-brown (usually they get this way with age)and the more common dark brown (but not black). Also variations occur in the wool covering, often dependent upon the bloodlines and how much selection has been made for openness of face and points. Regardlesss of the variations due to color and wool cover, the Shropshire should always be a well muscled medium sized sheep with a dense white fleece.

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Piddington Douglus DH 26 04
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Burndale 82S
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Shropshires with guardian
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Shropshire lamb 08
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Shropshire yearling ewe
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Shropshire yearlings
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pair of Shropshires
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2009 All Canada Classic
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2009 Champion ewe All Canada Classic
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2011 All Canada Classic Champion
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Reserve Champion Shropshire ewe, 2013 All Canada Classic.
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Champion Shropshire ewe, 2013 All Canada Classic.
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Reserve Champion Shropshire ram, 2013 All Canada Classic.
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Champion Purebred Ewe, 2022 Millarville Fair sheep show.
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140E was the Reserve Champion Shropshire Ewe at the 2018 Classic.
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Grand Champion Market Lamb, 2018 Priddis & Millarville Fair.
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Coyote Acres Leona 108K, Res. Champion Shropshire Ewe 2023 All Canada Classic
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Sheep Trax Kennedy 382K, Champion Shropshire Ewe 2023 All Canada Classic

Coyote Acres Wow 327L

May 26, 2023   Shropshire   (809211)   Single   Male    Contact us for pricing
Coyote Acres Wow 327L
 
Coyote Acres Wow 327L
 
Coyote Acres Wow 327L
 
Coyote Acres Wow 327L
 
Coyote Acres Wow 327L
 
Coyote Acres Wow 327L
 

We have been culling very hard in the Shropshires. This guy made the cut and has been grown out slowly for longevity. His dam has been lambing on our accelerated program, lambing every 8 months. She lambed again in January and is now just bred back for September. We get a few more singles doing this. The ewes in this pedigree have been very productive for us and accelerate well. He is a long and deep bodied ram with a great future ahead of him.

This ram will sell in the Badlands Spring Select Sale, on DLMS Farmgate, May 31-June 1. Pre-sale viewing visits are welcome and encouraged!

Link to pedigree Pedigree | Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (clrc.ca)

Coyote Acres Wow 278K Coyote Acres Badger 148D
Coyote Acres Burnsy 85E
Coyote Acres Di 922G Sheep Trax Nairn 988G
Coyote Acres Cami 79B

Coyote Acres Lea 348L

Sept. 16, 2023   Shropshire   (809214)   Twin   Female    Contact us for pricing
Coyote Acres Lea 348L
 
Coyote Acres Lea 348L
 
Coyote Acres Lea 348L
 
Coyote Acres Lea 348L
 
Coyote Acres Lea 348L
 

 Shropshire fall-born ewe lamb selling in the Badlands Spring Select Sale, May 31-June 1, on DLMS Farmgate.

Link to pedigree Pedigree | Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (clrc.ca)

348L is sired by a massive son of Badger 148D, who was AI-sired by the British ram Hornpipe Blackbird. The dam of 348L is AI-sired by Bereton Nairn, a British ram that was the record high selling Shropshire ram lamb in the U.K.. 62E is on our accelerated lambing program. Even though 62E is smaller framed, she is a big time producer. Sire is a QR and dam is RR so should be QR at minimum.

Sheep Trax Galileo 915G Coyote Acres Badger 148D
Sheep Trax Brynn 433B
Coyote Acres Nan 62E Brereton Nairn
Coyote Acres Cali 461X

Coyote Acres Wilma 353L

Sept. 17, 2023   Shropshire   (809215)   Single   Female    Contact us for pricing
Coyote Acres Wilma 353L
 
Coyote Acres Wilma 353L
 
Coyote Acres Wilma 353L
 
Coyote Acres Wilma 353L
 
Coyote Acres Wilma 353L
 

 

Shropshire fall-born ewe lamb selling in the Badlands Spring Select Sale, May 31-June 1, on DLMS Farmgate.

 

Link to pedigree Pedigree | Canadian Livestock Records Corporation (clrc.ca)

A heavily British influenced pedigree, tracing to Brereton Nairn, Piddington Douglas, and Hornpipe Blackbird. The dam 56E is a full sister in blood to our Badger 148D who was used heavily in our flock. Lots of breed character in this nice ewe lamb. By pedigree scrapie genotype wil be QR.

Coyote Acres WIlly 168H Coyote Acres Wonky 995G
Coyote Acres Sue 67E
Coyote Acres Blacky 56E Hornpipe Blackbird (UK)
Coyote Acres Money 44X

Sheep Trax Galileo 915G

Dec. 20, 2019   Shropshire   (766153)   Triplet   Male   
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
May 2022
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
Galileo 915G as a 5-year-old
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 
Sheep Trax Galileo 915G
 

Originally slated to sell, this ram blossomed into such a great ram that we decided to keep him. This ram has length, smoothness, good bone, and excellent breed character.

Coyote Acres Badger 148D Hornpipe Blackbird
Coyote Acres Money 44X
Sheep Trax Brynn 433B F & P Groverman 5771
Rimridge Sara 2S

Coyote Acres Nico 227K

Jan. 6, 2022   Shropshire   (Pending)   Twin   Male    Contact us for pricing
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
 
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
 
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
 
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
Nico 227K as a 2-year-old
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
 
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
 
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
 
Coyote Acres Nico 227K
 

Lots of British genetics here! A son of Piddington Nico and a grandson of Hornpipe Blackbird, this AI-sired twin weighed 82 pounds at 76 days of age. Growth and muscle, along with excellent breed character! Scrotal 34 cm. Scrapie genotype RR.

Piddington Nico (UK) Morley Jackpot
DH011 F10358
Coyote Acres Blacky 69E Hornpipe Blackbird (UK)
Burndale 27C

PIDDINGTON NICO 2180

  SHROPSHIRE   MALE   
PIDDINGTON NICO 2180
 
PIDDINGTON NICO 2180
 
PIDDINGTON NICO 2180
 

NICO IS IN USE BY A.I.. NICO COMES FROM THE RENOWNED PIDDINGTON FLOCK OF SUE FARQUHAR IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. NICO WAS CHOSEN AFTER SEEING A NUMBER OF HIS OFFSPRING. HIS LAMBS ARE BORN EASILY BUT STILL GROW WELL AND EXHIBIT LOTS OF MUSCLING.

MORLEY JACKPOT 1802 KENSEYVALE HORNBLOWER 1480
56KD07
DH0111 PIDDINGTON JACK 1709
03DH06

Coyote Acres Wow 278K

Jan. 28, 2022   Shropshire   (Pending)   Single   Male    Contact us for pricing
Coyote Acres Wow 278K
 
Coyote Acres Wow 278K
 
Coyote Acres Wow 278K
 

Why did we name this ram lamb Wow? Because he weighed 75 pounds at 54 days of age, that's why! Son of the Badger 148D ram, this will be a big, impressive ram lamb. The big shot of Burndale is another plus. And he could be yours! SOLD! Thanks Henry!

Coyote Acres Badger 148D Hornpipe Blackbird (UK)
Coyote Acres Money 44X
Coyote Acres Burnsy 85E Burndale 55W
Burndale 11A

HORNPIPE BLACKBIRD

  SHROPSHIRE   MALE   
HORNPIPE BLACKBIRD
 

HORNPIPE BLACKBIRD IS IN USE BY A.I.. HE IS A VERY CORRECT RAM FROM THE HORNPIPE FLOCK IN THE UNITED KINGDOM. HIS PEDIGREE IS OLD LINEAGE, MAKING HIM A LITTLE DIFFERENT. BUT WHAT REALLY SET HIM APART WAS HIS DAM (SUPER UDDERED, DEEP AND THICK WITH AN EXCELLENT PRODUCTION RECORD). HE WAS OUR 1ST CHOICE WHEN WE SELECTED RAMS TO GET SEMEN FROM AND HIS OFFSPRING HAVE PROVEN THE CHOICE WAS A GOOD ONE.

HORNPIPE BADGER 1410 FRENCHLANDS GREAT EXPECTATIONS
FN3098
73HA11 WATSDYKE OGWEN 1531
HA07108

Coyote Acres Willy 168H

Dec. 23, 2020   Shropshire   (775815)   Twin   Male   
Coyote Acres Willy 168H
 
Coyote Acres Willy 168H
 
Coyote Acres Willy 168H
 
Coyote Acres Willy 168H
 
Coyote Acres Willy 168H
 
Coyote Acres Willy 168H
 

Since we have little in the way of Nairn progeny here, we decided to keep a son of Wonky 995G. And what a ram he is turning into! Even these bad photos make it clear that this is a ram with  length, muscle, and thickness! 

Coyote Acres Wonky 995G Brereton Nairn
Coyote Acres Blacky 49E
Coyote Acres Sue 67E Piddington Douglas
Coyote Acres Muffy 516C

Coyote Acres Badger 148D

January 20, 2016   Shropshire   (720811)   Twin   Male   
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
 
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
 
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
 
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
 
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
May 2022
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
 
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
 
Coyote Acres Badger 148D
 

Badger 148D is a twin ram lamb who is among the very best of the Blackbird-sired AI ram lambs from 2016.  Badger shows excellent muscling, fast growth, and excellent length of loin; his scrapie genotype is QR.

Hornpipe Blackbird Hornpipe Badger
73HA11
Coyote Acres Money 44X Crago Moneymaker 1298
Coyote Acres Muriel 114T
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