Choosing a breed of sheep is not as easy as it may appear. As a novice I wanted a breed that would be (generally) hardywith good feet,easy to lamb and make good mothers. I also wanted a breed that had tasty meat, and one that would be easy on the eye as I lean on the gate to watch them.
Jacob sheep really fitted the bill.....
Jack's jacobs are kept as sheep should be. They are grass-fed apart from a handful of nuts to keep them tame and to supplement the ewes in the run up to lambing.
The ewes go to the ram in November, for April lambing. Jacobs are quite prolific and twins are the norm ( I have had quads!). I like to give the lambs plenty of time with their mums and tend to wean them at the end of August. This gives the ewes time to regain condition before meeting the ram again ready for the next year.
I keep the Jacob lambs for around 18 months. After this, the best ewes stay with me as replacements and the boys go off for hogget.