Jacobs are a breed which dates back to biblical times. They got their name ‘Jacob’ from Joseph’s father. It is believed that Joseph’s ‘coat of many colours’ actually came from the Jacob sheep. There is a natural variation of colours produced in a jacob sheep’s fleece. Although they cannot produce the vivid colours often desired today, the natural variation includes white, brown, black, orange, red and even lilac shades. The breed has changed over the centuries. In this country Jacobs are now much larger and have either 2 or 4 horns rather than the 6 or more horns of the past. The variation in colours is less desirable, white and black/brown are preferred due to an improvement in fleece quality.
Jacobs are a friendly, intelligent and independent breed of sheep. They have been mistaken for goats, when sheared by those who don’t know any different (one big difference being jacobs don’t cry like goats). They are good hardy sheep and usually lamb easily, preferring not to have human interference unless they ask for it. Jacobs do have pronounced personalities that often pass on from generation to generation.
We have kept Jacobs for 30 years. Some of our ewes go back to the original stock in their pedigrees whilst the others are progeny of stock bought in over the years. Our current stock Ram is Cwmbran Austin.
All of our breeding stock are pedigree registered with the Jacob Sheep Society. We only do the 2 horn variety.
Jacob Sheep for sale.
Sorry nothing to sell now until April 2022. By then we might have ewes to sell with lambs at foot. Then come July 2022, we should have weaned lambs to sell. Keep an eye on our stock for sale page.
Fleeces for sale £6.00 each plus P&P.