Canadian ARCOTT Sheep
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Canadian Arcott sheep arernraised primarily for meat. As the name suggests, they were developed in Canada.rnAnd the later half of their name, ARCOTT, is an acronym for the Animal ResearchrnCenter in Ottawa. They were developed from crossbreeding Romnelet (6%), NorthrnCountry Cheviot (7%), Leicester (14%), Ile de France (28%) and Suffolk (37%)rnsheep. The remaining 8 percent was contributed from Shropshire, Lincoln,rnCorriedale, East Friesian, Finnsheep, and Southdown Dorset.

They are medium to largernsized hardy sheep, and are well adapted to their native climates. They are ablernto adapt to pasture or confinement systems easily. The lambs grow relativelyrnfast and produce excellent carcass meat and reach a market weight of 37 kg atrntheir 118 days of age.

They are mainly white withrnwhite or mottled faces. Their faces are free of winkles and wool. Their fleecernis soft and lustrous and is of medium grade. Their legs are heavily muscled,rnand their tail is long and narrow.

The average live body weightrnof the mature ewes is between 75 and 95 kg. And the mature ram's average livernbody weight varies from 80 to 100 kg.

Canadian Arcott ewes reachrnmaturity within their 230 days of age when they reach approximately 49 kg. Thernewes lamb at 8 month intervals in February and October. Their average gestationrnlength is generally 147 days, and about 65 percent of ewes produce multiplernbirths. The rams are used in many breeding programs for improving the meatrncharacteristics of other sheep breeds.

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