After looking at several different breeds of sheep we chose Finnsheep because the traits of the breed appealed to us. The medium size is easy for me to handle alone when need be, they have a good disposition, which has been wonderful since the kids do all the chores with me and I don't have to worry about bad attitudes. Plus they are cute!
We started our flock with purebred Finnsheep ewes we bought from an Albertan breeder and our ram came to us from a BC breeder. We have had Finns for a couple years now and while it has been a learning curve we do enjoy them and have decided to continue to raise purebreds. However we have also recently added a Canadian Arcott to our flock to try crossbreeding and who can say for sure what the future will hold for us in regards to sheep breeds. The wonderful thing with sheep is that there are so many options its never boring or dull and we are excited to learn and grow with the industry in Alberta.
Our original flock sire Kanada250F, or Twinkles as we know him, brought new bloodlines to Alberta in 2018 and he was a wonderful ram. Not a bottle baby but so gentle by kids could go in a give him a pet even in the middle of breeding season.
Unfortunately Twinkles has been retired from breeding due to unforeseen circumstances. He will be living out the remainder of his days as a lawn mower, and a source of entertainment here.
We have held back a lot of his ewe lambs and are very excited to announce that the new ram we have brought in for them, whom we have named Joxer, has COMPLETE American bloodlines! This is big news as most Finnsheep in the western provinces can be traced to a single farm bloodline and our new ram has no such ties at all! So with our previous rams offspring and the new ram, this years purebred lambs will have a bloodline that is 62% new to the area! Joxer will also hopefully bring some colour to the flock if we are lucky so fingers crossed as I would love some coloured ewes
For more information on our bloodlines our feel free to contact us or our bloodlines can be found on the CLRC page.
In 2019 we bought a purebred Canadian Arcott Ram Lamb, of course we named him and now he goes by Bam Bam. Seeing as we are a small scale farm we want to try new things so we decided to go this route to produce a heavier weight carcass. A breeding trait of Finnsheep is that the F1s are suppose to take on the traits of the sires. As Canadian Arcotts are considered by most to be a terminal sire so we are looking forward to seeing what that means for the lambs this year. This ram has proven to give a good growth rate and a nice long loin which we couldn't be happier about.
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