Canadian Arcott is raised to exhibit strong meat characteristics. The breed is developed in the Animal research center in Ottawa (Arcott), Canada. According to Wikipedia, the crossbreeding of Suffolk (37%), Ile de France (28%), Leicester (14%), North Country Cheviot (7%) and Romney (6%); the remaining 8% was contributed from Shropshire, Lincoln, Southdown Dorset, East Friesian, Finnsheep and Corriedale.
Canadian Arcott breed information
The breed is medium-sized, which is short.
Canadian Arcott mature ram weighs around 80 to 100 kg (180 lbs) and ewe around 75 to 95 kg (165 lbs).
The new-born lamb weighs around 4 kg, it will reach market weight at 120 days of age with 37 kg.
The ewes are easy Lambers and require low to medium maintenance.
They produce an excellent carcass with good meat to bone ratio.
Ewes reach sexual maturity around 230 days and they lamb in an interval of 8 months. the lambing period is between February and October.
The lamb/ewe percentage is around 180%.
The staple length of wool is 8 to 10 cm and around 25 to 33 micron.
Things to know
The excellent characteristic is the lambs grow at rapid rates ad produce excellent carcass meat.
Canadian Arcott Rams are used to coss breed other ewes to improve their meat characteristics.
The ewes are still very maternal and great milkers, but they do not produce the quads and quints that the Rideau Arcott is known for.
Brief characteristics of Canadian Arcott sheep
|Breed Name||Canadian Arcott|
|Country/Place of Origin||Canada|
|80 to 100 kg (180 lbs)|
|Ewe(Female)||75 to 95 kg (165 lbs)|
|Kidding||single or twins|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing /confinement|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|