Little Johnnny born to Jean. John was my uncle and Jean was my aunt.
On the Fat Ewe Farm, there are six Jacob ewes and two Jacob rams. The flock is growing, though, and next year the four young ewes will be bred. Usually, the first lambing is a single and after that, the ewes may have twins or triplets. Jacob sheep have a medium wool with no coarse long hairs, except in the babies, but that is shed by the time they are six months old. Most common is two or four horns and the breed has generally been unimproved by man, but rather, let to continue on as is. Because man has not interfered, the Jacob sheep are parasite resistant and may not require worming. They thrive on forage that is less than perfect and do not require grain. Although their carcass is smaller than commercial sheep, they do not store much fat and the meat is very lean. The pelts are superior when tanned at two inches and with the piebald, white with black, brown or lilac spots, the result is very pretty. Polycerate (more than two) horned sheep are mentioned in the bible and have been seen throughout history. A passage from the bible indicates that Jacob took a sheep from his father's flock. Some believe that was a Jacob sheep and that is where the breed name originated. Jacobs do not flock and prefer to spread out in search of the best forage and graze alone. The ewes are very protective of their lambs and are excellent mothers, leading them away from intruder and perceived dangers. Although they are not overly friendly, they are not mean and they do show their intelligence when compared to some other breeds. The Fat Ewe Farm will continue with the Jacob sheep and eventually further the breed in this area.
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