Virginia, United States
Posted Aug 19, 2012
Jacob Sheep are very beautiful because many of them have a black and white spotted coat. But not spotted goats are Jacob Sheep, so you have to be careful. This breed has been around for centuries. It has a more primitive body type, fine bone structure and less body fat than another breeds. This makes the popular breeding stock, plus farmers just like having them around because of their striking appearances. Their pelts can go for a higher prices, too. They are a horned breed, and the ewes are well known to have high mothering instincts, and therefore lambs easily. The offspring are up and nursing easily on their own. The hardiness of the Jacob Sheep means less supplemental nutritional feed is needed during pregnancy. Its fleece is highly marketable and has a high "quilted" appearance due to its double coating and mixture of black and white patches. All in all, a great animal to have on the farm!