Canadian Arcotts Pro's and Con's?

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  1. ONThorsegirl

    ONThorsegirl Fergusons Family Farm

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    I was wondering what everyone thinks of the Canadian Arcotts. We are looking for a ram lamb to breed our first time lambers too and we have the chance to get one of these guys from a friend. We have never had one, but what does everyone think about them?

    Melissa
     
  2. fordson major

    fordson major construction and Garden b Supporter

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    well the rams we had were very well behaved ,had nice fast gaining lambs and were healthy. only problem was their scarcity, too close a blood line to the rams we had. the two ewes we had were docile , probably because of their show back ground but one had udder trouble and the other single males! we were concentrating on rideaus but will probably get a canadian ram again as they make a good terminal cross.
     

  3. Ross

    Ross Moderator Staff Member Supporter

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    One notable problem was the lambs could be rather large at birth, maybe not the best for yearling first timers............. unless they're a decent 100+ pounds when bred. Canadians are a terrific breed but intended as a fix-all terminal sire, if you want F1 ewes look at Rideaus or Dorsets, Polypay etc.