We are no longer breeding purebred Jacobs and don’t keep a ram.
Above is Summerhill Dennis who came from a farm in New Jersey. He has super nice fleece and a wonderful calm disposition. We showed him at the local fair and my 7 year old son showed him since I was showing our Icelandic ram. Dennis got 7th in a class of 10 and the judge commented specifically on his nice even fleece. I sold him to Roving Acres farm near Ashtabula, OH>
Our previous ram was Moonstruck Pluto. He is 2 horned carrying lilac and came from a farm in Garrettsville, Ohio. We ended up keeping two of his daughters, Cotton and Sarah. He now resides at a farm near Mount Vernon, Ohio. Cotton is still in my flock. She has longer than average fleece for a Jacob and it’s fairly coarse. She broke off one of her horns and looks two horned, but she actually had 3 – two on one side and a fused horn on the other. She’s not the prettiest Jacob, but she’s calm and reasonable friendly and an excellent mother.
The year before we used Shadowbrook Victor from Meg Steensland in Marion, OH. He was a nice 4 horned boy with soft springy fleece. That year, we didn’t’ have that many Jacob lambs because our Icelandic ram Jack bred some of the ewes when they escaped so we didn’t keep any, but he produced nice lambs and now resides in Indiana.
Moonstruck Dude was here for two years and we have a couple ewes by him. He had 5 horns and excellent fleece. He was very bonded to our Icelandic ram Jake and they broke down some barn doors together during breeding season so we had some crossbred ewes. Black Tunis, on of our cross bred ewes, is his daughter. Her mother was 7/8 Tunis and looked like a oversized Tunis with longer than average fleece. She had a black Romney grandfather though. Jake refused to breed our original tunis ewe.
Other rams we had were McClain’s Maverick, a 4 horned lilac ram with short wool, Spahr Farm Tobias who we bought at 9 years old. He was 2 horned with lovely but quilted fleece and was not comfortable around people. A favorite ram was J-Mar’s Clancy – he was s triplet I got from an Amish farmer and had soft and very greasy fleece 4 horns and a sweet temperament. He lost a horn battling Tobias in an accidental escape, but survived the bloody injury and went on to two more flocks that I know of. Our first ram was Deborah’s Happy to be Home, who we called Hercules. He turned mean and tended to produce unimpressive horns, although his were beautiful. I only kept one of his daughter’s Moonstruck Luna, who was my favorite sheep during her 8 year life. She was the boss sheep after her mother went to another flock, but she died of a prolapsed uterus. Our vet put it back, but she pushed it back out and was dead when I got home from work. WHen she died, our new Icelandic ewe, Socks took over “boss” status.