Jacob are a breed which dates back to biblical times. They got their name 'Jacob' from Joseph's father, it is believed that Joseph's 'coat of many colours' actually came from the Jacob sheep. There is a natural variation of colours produced in a jacob sheep's fleece, although they cannot produce the vivid colours often desired today, the natural variation includes white, brown, black, orange, red and even lilac shades. The breed has changed over the centuries, in this country Jacobs are now much larger and have either 2 or 4 horns rather than the 6 or more horns of the past. The variation in colours is less desirable, white and black/brown are preferred due to an improvement in fleece quality.

Jacobs are a friendly, intelligent and independant breed of sheep, they have been mistaken for goats, when sheared by those who don't know any different.( one big difference being jacobs don't cry like goats) They are good hardy sheep and usually lamb easily, preferring not to have human interference unless they ask for it. Jacobs do have pronounced personalities that often pass on from generation to generation.

We have kept Jacobs for 25 years. Some of our ewes go back to the original stock in their pedigrees whilst the others are progeny of stock bought in over the years. Our current stock Rams are Whowells Avalon, Jacksmere Marcus and Jacksmere Melvin.

All our breeding stock are pedigree registered with the Jacob Sheep Society. We mainly do 2 horn variety.

Jacob Sheep for sale.

We might have Ewes with lambs at foot early 2014.

We will have weaned 2014 born Ram and Ewe lambs for sale from August 2014.

Photo taken 23/02/14 below left, shows our Fenbeck Ewe (Reg no 138359 ear tag 4352J-289). She had quads born 20/02/14. She had 3 ewe lambs and 1 tup lamb. The ewe could not cope with all 4 lambs, so we are bottle feeding the smallest which is the tup lamb. As you can see in photo, she is happily feeding her 3 ewe lambs. Lambs maybe for sale Sept 14. Sire is Jacksmere Marcus.

Photo taken 23/02/14 below right, shows one of our Jacksmere Ewes (Reg no 142046 ear tag no UK0184592-00027). She had twin ewe lambs born 4/02/14. Sire to these is Whowells Avalon. Lambs maybe for sale Sept 14.


We have a 2 horn proven Jacob Sheep Society Registered Shearling Ram for sale. He is called Jacksmere Marcus. Date of birth 2/03/13. Registration number 148039. Ear tag number UK0184592/00085. Price £250.00.

Fleeces for sale from June 2014. £6.00 each plus P&P.

If you have any questions about our stock for sale etc, please email me on barney@jacksmerepurebreeds.co.uk or call me on 07734 106107.