Sheep (Ovis aries)
Our flock of medium-sized Jacobs are hardy, fast breeders, making them a popular variety for small producers. We have four breeding ewes, Trixie and Tallulah (four-horned), and Rosemary and Marjoram (two horned) who lamb every spring.
The origin of Jacobs is unclear. It’s certainly ancient: there’s a Biblical mention of the prophet Jacob’s herd in the Book of Genesis. They are an unimproved breed who are not the (typical) white fluffy sheep, and often get mistaken for goats – especially after being shorn.
Agricultural uses for sheep:
– Meat: lamb, hogget or mutton
– Fleece: wool, felt, fibres
– Milk: milk, cheese, yoghurt
– Weed and brush control
– By products: lanolin for cosmetics, tallow (fat) for soap, medicines, pet food
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