Jacob Sheep

 
 

Jacob’s are an old world breed dating back several thousand years. While their exact heritage is unknown, pie-bald or spotted sheep have been mentioned in historic accounts for several centuries. Named after Jacob in the Bible (Genesis 30), these sheep most recently appeared in England several hundred years ago, where they graced the Estates of the Nobility. By 1970 Jacob sheep were so rare in England that the Jacob Sheep Society was formed to help preserve them. Due largely to their efforts Jacob sheep numbers have increased dramatically in Great Britain. Jacob sheep had been imported in small numbers into the US and Canada since the early 1900s. In 1988 The Jacob Sheep Breeders Association (JSBA) was formed in the USA to ensure the conservation of Jacob Sheep through inspections, registration and education. The American Jacob is still considered a rare breed by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy (ALBC). Why we raise Jacob sheep...

We along with other breeders are working to  preserve this unique and valuable breed.
These wonderful animals are  very hardy and disease resistant.
The smaller size of this breed means they eat less food and have higher per acre stocking rates than many other commercial breeds.
The ewes have a tendency to twin, have relatively few lambing problems and are excellent attentive Moms.
Their multicolor, medium grade wool is greatly prized by Hand spinners; people who love working with wool.
They produce a lean, flavorful meat with beautiful unique pelts.
Their magnificent horns and attractive spots are showy and beautiful.
These animals have wonderful personalities; they are very smart, curious and tend to tame fairly easily.
With our Miranda we are constantly amazed by her attentive and gentle manner, she also loves to go on walks.

Wool: We currently have several colors of Jacob roving.  Our roving is priced at $1.50 per oz. (plus postage) and is sold in bumps that weigh approx. 8 oz each.

 
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