I’ve written two blog posts about acquiring 12 Jacob sheep in what became something of a rescue operation. The sheep were healthy and well-fed, but had not been shorn for three years we think.
This was shearing day for these sheep. The photos in this blog post were all taken by Farm Club members, Dona and Gynna. Thanks!!
John is the Rock Star.
We checked teeth to try and figure out the ages of the sheep. This sheep had a 13 pound fleece. The average for Jacob sheep is 3-6 pounds. It was a multi-person operation to stuff some of these fleeces into plastic bags. The usual suspects were there to watch and cheer John on. Not a bad looking group of ewes after shearing. The two rams. After shearing we looked at all the fleeces. The longer fleeces have a break about 4″ in from the outside, but the rest of the fleece seems sound. It will take some time to work through it all.
As we pulled out staples from some of the fleeces I thought it would be a good idea to get a photo. Susan and Gynna worked on this while we opened up and re-rolled the fleeces. Note the measurements marked on the sides and down the middles. Weights are below. This was a fun day for all of us and a good day for these sheep.