Sheep with spots have been described in many cultures throughout history, appearing in works of art from the Far East, Middle East, and Mediterranean regions. Among these accounts is the Biblical story of Jacob, who bred spotted sheep and for whom this breed is named. The Jacob is a multi-horned or “polycerate” breed. Most animals have two or four horns, though six horns also occur. Both sexes are horned, and the rams can have horns of impressive size and shape. Jacob fleece is light, open and of high quality, making it much sought after by fiber artisans, who enjoy its characteristics and color combinations. Livestock Conservancy Status: Threatened
Meet The Flock
We are just getting started with our flock of Jacob sheep. Izzy and Ellie arrived in December 2020 and are hopefully bred to lamb in Spring 2021. We look forward to our first shearing experience when the weather starts to warm up around March or April. After shearing, we plan to wash and further process the wool into lots of creative goodies! We will practice "conservation through utilization" with our sheep, thus utilizing them (and offspring) in every way possible - wool, meat, and even shofars (trumpets made from ram horns) to preserve the breed and provide for our family in a responsible and sustainable way.