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Jacob Sheep

My first 3 sheep were a trio of Jacob ewes, Sheila, Mop & Pebble they are sadly no longer with us but their little Soay cross granddaughter's Patch, Puzzle & Bussie Lizzie are still a part of the flock today. A lot of what I call our original flock have some amount of Jacob blood & genetics in them, some a lot more than others. Muffin, Minnie and Holly have more Jacob about them than most. We also welcomed a new first cross Jacob /Shetland ram lamb into the flock last year - Smartie. He is unrelated to all out sheep except one, his mum Peanut. Peanut came from a friends flock of sheep in 2018 and was pregnant with little Smartie. With his jazzy spotty looks and lovely soft fleece we decided to keep him as an entire ram to add a bit more Jacob back into the flock in future years.
Jacob sheep are beautiful gentle sheep, they really stand out from the crowd with their wonderful spotty markings! They are fantastic easy lamberโ€™s, readily having twins and sometimes triplets with ease. Making them great sheep for first time keepers and breeders. They are great mums and produce plenty of milk for their lambs. Jacob wool varies, some sheep have quite a soft, demi lustre wool, great for spinning and weaving. Other Jacobs have a more coarse primitive double coat that is very beautiful if not as soft. Kemp is often found in Jacob fleece, particularly in the more primitive type wool, around underbelly, hind legs and rear. A negative about them for some people is their horns, whilst the look amazing the can pose difficulties when handling and shearing. Jacob horns can grow very large, even on the ewes and whilst ewes wonโ€™t intentionally catch you accidents can happen with horns of long length. Jacobโ€™s are big, they are long in the leg their adult size can make handling them tricky, unless your are a big strong guy!ncealing the base colour and any patterns, making the sheep look completely white!