In 1997, we decided to raise Jacob sheep. I had never raised sheep before but had admired them at others farms and wanted to get a rare breed. We found Jacobs nearby and purchases a starter flock of 3 ewes lambs and a ram lamb from Deb Yeagle.
We made mistakes along the way, but Jacob sheep are very hardy, with their primitive characteristics and very strong mothering skills. I only had to assist with 2 births since I have had them and both were minor things. One had a front leg back and one was a big two horned ram lamb who needed some help getting his horn buds out.
In the last couple years, we sold all but two of our Jacob ewes, Lavender and Cotton, ones I was especially attached and who are also reliable mothers. We kept one of our Tunis/Jacob cross ewes and brought in two 3/4 Texel ewes and a natural colored Lincoln/Blue Face Leicester cross ewe to produce meat lambs and in the case of the longwool cross, nice fleece too. We kept four of their 2012 ewe lambs to add to the “meat” flock.
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