Our Breeds

CANADIAN ARCOTT

▪ Developed at the Agriculture Canada research station near Ottawa
▪ Ile de France and Suffolk are the two main breeds used to produce the Canadian
Arcott, resulting in strong meat characteristics
▪ Mature Canadian Arcotts are medium sized, short and thick
▪ Lambs are fast growing and meaty, finishing well for the light or heavy lamb market with a good meat to bone ratio
▪ Ewes are easy lambers and low maintenance, adapt well to pasture or confinement management
▪ Rams make excellent terminal sires, improving the meat characteristics of many other breeds
▪ Ram size: 120-150 kg
▪ Ewe size: 85 – 115 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 180%
The Canadian Arcott rams entered in the Pound Maker Ram Sale come from:
Ty & Drew Mandel & family – Whisky Gap Farms, Cardston, Alberta
Ty: (403)653-2166 email: ddemchuk@hotmail.com

CHAROLLAIS

▪ Developed in France
▪ Improved in the UK in 1977 and exported to Canada as embryos in 1994
▪ Primary purpose is terminal sires for market lamb production
▪ The lambs make excellent carcasses with a long wide loin and a high lean meat yield
▪ The rams are ideal for use on ewe lambs or smaller framed ewes
▪ Smaller head and wedge shaped body of the lambs makes for easy lambing, and lambs are vigorous at birth
▪ Ewes work well in pasture based or confinement system, lamb easily and are good mothers
▪ Ram size: 100 – 150 kg
▪ Ewe size: 80 – 100 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 175%
The Charollais rams entered in the Pound Maker Ram Sale come from:
Bert & Andrelei Grisnich & family – Rocky Roots Farm, Fort Macleod, Alberta
Bert: (403)308-3845 email: abgrisnich@hotmail.com

DORSET

▪ Polled Dorsets originated from a mutation of the Horned Dorset in the 1950’s and have become a major contributor to the commercial lamb industry
▪ Dorset ewes are relatively prolific, good mothers and breed out of season
▪ Dorsets adapt well to confinement management and are readily used in accelerated programs and for crossbreeding purposes
▪ Because they work well under confinement management they do well in feedlot situations and small holding intensive management
▪ Ram size: 115 – 150 kg
▪ Ewe size: 80 – 115 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 175%
The Dorset rams entered in the Pound Maker Ram Sale come from:
Mark, Louis and Jody Greidanus, Granum Alberta
Mark: (403)682-9498 email: mgreidanus1701@gmail.com
Louis: (403)894-2593 email: lgreidanus.5@gmail.com

ILE DE FRANCE

▪ First imported into Canada in 1995
▪ Selected for two primary purposes – to produce vigorous, hardy, fast growing lambs with superior carcass traits; and to improve commercial flocks by crossbreeding with maternal breeds
▪ They add hardiness, longevity, feed conversion and out of season breeding ability to a ewe flock
▪ IDF had an excellent flocking instinct and are very successful when raised on pasture
▪ Their high wool quality is an asset for crossing with range breeds
▪ Ram size: 100 – 150 kg
▪ Ewe size: 85 – 95 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 170%
The Ile de France rams entered in the Pound Maker Ram Sale come from:
Ty & Drew Mandel & family – Whisky Gap Farms, Cardston, Alberta
Ty: (403)653-2166 email: ddemchuk@hotmail.com

NORTH COUNTRY CHEVIOT

▪ Widely used in the north of England and Scotland for several centuries
▪ Independent, strong willed, vigorous and very hardy in harsh conditions and rough pasture
▪ Best suited to pasture based management systems
▪ Ewes exhibit superior mothering instincts and are easy lambers
▪ Lambs are vigorous at birth with excellent survivability
▪ Average rate of gain, excellent carcass quality with above average yield percentage
▪ Rams are used in crossbreeding programs to pass on maternal qualities as well as desirable carcass traits
▪ Ram size: 100 – 125 kg
▪ Ewe size: 55 – 80 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 150%
The North Country Cheviots in the Pound Maker Ram Sale come from:
Warren & Norine Moore – Second Chance Livestock Company, Stavely, Alberta
Warren: (403)6256519 email: wnsheep@cciwireless.ca

RAMBOUILLET

▪ Originally from France, developed in the late 18th century in France using Merinos imported from Spain
▪ Range sheep, popular in the Canadian and American west; able to survive in harsh conditions
▪ Long lived with slightly higher prolificacy than the Merino
▪ Have excellent flocking instinct and hardiness
▪ Lambs finish more slowly, but produce a good carcass
▪ Fleece is in demand with hand spinners and weavers
▪ Ram size: 100 – 125 kg
▪ Ewe size: 70 – 90 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 175%
The Rambouillet rams entered in the Pound Maker Ram Sale come from:
Bert & Andrelei Grisnich & family – Rocky Roots Farm, Fort Macleod, Alberta
Bert: (403)308-3845 email: abgrisnich@hotmail.com

RIDEAU ARCOTT

▪ Developed at Agriculture Canada in Ottawa from Finnish Landrace, Suffolk and East Friesian genetics
▪ A maternal breed that offers high fertility, good milking and mothering characteristics, excellent body conformation and good growth rate
▪ Ewes are highly prolific, reach sexual maturity at 7-8 months of age, and crossbreed well with meat breed terminal sires
▪ At lambing ewes require attention to nutrition and management due to large number of multiple births
▪ Ram size: 80 – 100 kg
▪ Ewe size: 75 – 95 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 250%
The Rideau Arcott rams entered in the Pound Maker Ram Sale come from:
Ty & Drew Mandel & family – Whisky Gap Farms, Cardston, Alberta
Ty: (403)653-2166 email: ddemchuk@hotmail.com

SUFFOLK

▪ Developed from Southdown and Norfolk Horned sheep in southeastern England
in the early 19th century
▪ One of the dominant breeds in the Canadian sheep industry
▪ Lambs exceed all other breeds in rate of gain and respond well to confinement, thus dominating the heavy lamb market in Canada
▪ Rams are widely used as terminal sires in commercial production producing fast growing lambs with excellent carcasses
▪ Ram size: 115 – 150 kg
▪ Ewe size: 100 – 115 kg
▪ Lambing percentage: 180%
The Suffolk rams in the Pound Maker Ram Sale com from:
Warren & Norine Moore; Bert & Andrelei Grisnich & family; Mark, Louis & Jody Greidanus
For contact information visit our website at http://www.poundmakerrams.com