I sold most of my flock to other breeders and culled one with udder problems. I decided to keep two special ewes.
Lavender was a bottle lamb. She got out of the barrier in our barn and her mother had another lamb and bonded to her and not Lavender. I found Lavender stiff and cold against the gate and brought her in to warm her. It was like bringing something dead back to life, but she thrived and was a good easy care bottle baby. I tried to get her mother to take her back, but she would not cooperate so we kept Lavender in her own box in the sheep stall or outside depending on if another familily was using it. In the past, I had farmed out bottle lambs, but Lavender did well with my schedule, feeding early am, another feeding on my lunch hour and one or two feeding after work and late night.
Lavender grew up comfortable with people but knowing how to act like a sheep. She didn’t lamb her first year, but had twins her second and has been a reliable and productive mother since and it’s nice to have a freidly sheep around, but she’s not overly pushy. Lavender is not afraid of dogs and has no problem pushing them around. Unfortunately, she’s part of the reason our dog, Sky, is afraid of sheep.
Cotton is our other Jacob ewe. She’s not a beauty from a Jacob standpoint, but I like her longer and courser than average wool. It has even won prizes at the Great Lake Fiber show in the coarse category and I can shear her along with the Icelandics if I want to, but she’s actually pure bred and her pure lambs looked like Jacobs. Her mother had mastitus and we lost her younger sister, but Cotton has been a surviver and just seems to have a happy-go-lucky and playful but calm personality. I was afraid when I disbursed my flock that Jacob breeders would not want her because of her less than perfect fleece and funny horns. Her horns are fused on one side and wer odd looking horns on the other and one broke off. She produced nice cross bred lambs with excellent fleeces with an Icelandic ram.