The Rideau Arcott is a purebred sheep that was created entirely in Canada. It was developed over a 30 year period (from 1958 to 1989) by Agriculture Canada at the federal government research station outside Ottawa, using stock mainly from Finnish Landrace, Suffolk and East Friesian breeds, and released to Canadian farms in 1989. The purpose of the Rideau Arcott program was to produce a dam-line breed for crossbreeding that would offer ewes with high fertility, good milking characteristics and good body conformation and growth rate. The breed features very high prolificacy with ewe lambs reaching sexual maturity at seven to eight months and lambing at one year. Because of multiple births, they do require extra management at lambing. 

Rideau Arcott Breeder Listings

Debra & Ian Clark (LPSU, MRFA, MRLP)

Box 491

Bentley, AB CANADA T0C 0J0

Tel: 403-748-2624

Fax: 403-748-2624


Cree Valley Farm (CVSF)

Box 4 Site 5 RR 1

Westlock, AB CANADA T7P 2N9

Tel: 780-349-8558


Frank C Dallaire (MDW)

38037 Range Rd 13

Red Deer County, AB CANADA T4E 0J7

Tel: 403-887-5761

Fax: 403-887-7398

Janna & Ryan Greir (WCR)

PO Box 2190

Strathmore, AB CANADA T1P 1K2

Tel: 403-324-6287

Tel: 403-305-6174


Medicine Ridge Ovine (GUB)

Gerrit & Ute Brinkmann

RR 1

New Norway, AB CANADA T0B 3L0

Tel: 780-855-2477

Fax: 780-855-2478


Tyler & Beatrice Untinen (TBU)

Box 309

Breton, AB CANADA T0C 0P0

Tel: 780-696-2028