Rideau Arcott sheep mainly raised for meat. The breed is created in Agriculture Canada’s Animal Research center in Ottawa, Canada. Rideau Arcott sheep are famous for higher fertility, multiple births, milk production, and growth rate.
Rideau Arcott sheep breed information
Rideau Arcott sheep are large-sized breed which is primarily kept for meat.
The breed is white in color, the face is free from wool and slightly colored legs.
The adult Rideau Arcott ram weighs 100 kg (220 lb) and ewe weighs 90 kg (175 lb).
The breed is fast-growing and naturally polled.
Rideau Arcott sheep shows great maternal quality, which can produce twins or triplets and even take care of them.
The lambing rate is 180 percent and the breed is prolific.
The mature Rideau Arcott sheep ewes produce 40 percent twins and 50 percent triplets.
The ewes can produce lambs every 8 months, but for the first time lambing ewes, it should be started at a year old.
The first lambing averages 1.7 lambs while subsequent births, every 8 months, average 2.5 lambs each.
Things to know
Agriculture Canada’s Animal Research center in Ottawa developed the Rideau Arcott breed in 1966. The Purpose of the breed is to produce multiple offspring rapidly.
The breed is genetically 40% Finnish Landrace, 20% Suffolk, 14% East Friesian, 9% Shropshire and 8% Dorset Horn; the remaining 9% is Border Leicester, North Country Cheviot, Romnelet and Corriedale
Crossbreeding with Rideau Arcott sheep increases the lambing rate to more than 180 percent.
Characteristics of Rideau Arcott sheep
|Breed Name||Rideau Arcott sheep|
|Country/Place of Origin||Canada|
|Weight Ram(Male)||100 kg (220 lb)|
|Ewe(Female)||90 kg (175 lb)|
|Kidding||single or twins or triplets|
|Good for Stall Fed||open grazing|
|Climate Tolerance||local conditions|
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