Sheep (Ovis aries)
Our flock of medium-sized Jacobs are hardy, fast breeders, making them a popular variety for small producers. We have two breeding ewes, Trixie and Tallulah: a four-horned variety 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.
-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