One of Canada’s most popular breeds, the Polled Dorset is descended from the Horned Dorset, which has been one of  the most widely kept breeds in Southern England and Wales since the 16th century.  Polled Dorsets originated from a mutation at the North Carolina State College in the United States and were accepted into the U.S. registry in 1956.  Since that time they have spread into Canada and become a major contributor to the light lamb market in this country.

The ewes are prolific, good milkers, breed out of season and adapt well to confined, accelerated crossbreeding programs.  The lambs are not heavy feeders and gain quickly to 27 kg, after which they gain more slowly.  Because the breed is easily kept and responds well to confinement, either for lamb feedlots or ewe flocks, they appeal to anyone with a small acreage interested in intensive production. 

Dorset Breeder Listings


Birch Hills Colony (BHC)

Box 235

Wanham, AB CANADA T0H 3P0

Tel: 780-694-3017

Fax: 780-694-2593


Coyote Acres (PDN)

Box 24

Halkirk, AB CANADA T0C 1M0

Tel: 403-884-2625

Fax: 403-884-2635


Louis Greidanus (HBG)

Box 249

Granum, AB CANADA T0L 1A0

Tel: 403-894-2593

Tel: 403-682-9498.


Lakeland College (ONS)

Attention Farm Office

5707 College Dr

Vermilion, AB CANADA T9X 1K5

Tel: 800-661-6490

Tel: 780-583-8526

Fax: 780-853-8715


Sundial Farms (SUNF)

Larry & Joan Holmes

PO Box 446

Linden, AB CANADA T0M 1J0

Tel: 403-546-2073


 Traa Dy Liooar Farm (PTF)

Patricia & Terry Francis

Box 1107

Athabasca, AB CANADA T9S 2A9

Tel: 780-675-9490

 Johan Walk

PO Box 363

Stirling, AB CANADA T0K 2E0

Tel: 403-756-2101

 Corey Warren (CRW, MOON)

37444 Range Rd 30

Red Deer County, AB CANADA T4G 0M9

Tel: 403-746-2140

Fax: 403-887-8859