Facts about Jacob Sheep, "Scientific name for Jacob Sheep is Ovis aries". Jacob Sheep have graced the big estates and also country homes of England for most centuries. The Jacob Sheep amazing horns, black and white faces and discovered bodies have no question contributed to their popularity and also survival.
Jacob sheep fall under the category of small or medium size sheep. Adult ewes can have about 80 to 140 pounds (36.3 to 63.5 kg). This is indeed a good amount of meat and rams can be about 200 pounds (90.7 kg). The Jacob Sheep breed of sheep can look very small but they have good amount of weight. The Jacob Sheep can be available in white color with lilac or black spots that are distributed over it’s entire body. The Jacob Sheep usually have about 15 percentage of all the colors on them. The Jacob Sheep usually come with 2, 4, or even 6 horns for both rams and ewes in their life time.
The Jacob Sheep horns are the major attractive feature in them. These horns can get a length of over 30 inches (76.2 cm) in the case of Ram. This can really give Jacob Sheep their unique look which cannot be found with any other type of sheep.
The fleeces collected from Jacob Sheep are much suitable to be used by hand spinners and can help in producing the warm wears with natural color. These fleece are much light and can be available with weight between 3 to 6 pounds (1.4 to 2.7 kg). They have a stable length that can range from 4 to 7 inches (10.1 to 17.8 cm).
The Jacob Sheep are very soft and have a healthy lust-re and can be easily be parted. The micron size related with the fleece on an average is about 34 microns. The spotting that is available on the Jacob Sheep can make their wool to be spun from white through gray and then to black. This natural distribution of colors can make them much appealing and makes people choose the products made out of their wool as they look really excellent.
The Jacob Sheep is originated in Syria over 3000 years ago. The Jacob Sheep breed even moved to various other parts from Syria through Sicily, North Africa, Spain and then it reached England. The Jacob Sheep was imported to U.S. for zoos and game parks during the beginning of this century. The Jacob Sheep excellent and unique look and unavailability in U.S. made them a species to be exhibited in Zoos. The breed had ups and downs in it’s strength of pool and was preserved as the Jacob Sheep were about get endangered which have made them develop into a great pool which has good strength.
Some Jacob Sheep Facts
In the world there are over 1 billion sheep and China has the most sheep in the world. A "flock or herd" is a group of Jacob Sheep. "Lamb" is the name of a young Jacob Sheep and it is called a sheep or "hogget" at one year old. "Ewe" is the name of the female Jacob Sheep. "Ram" is the name of the adult male Jacob Sheep. "Wether" is an adult castrated male sheep. The act of breeding for Jacob Sheep is called "tubing". Sheep give birth to 1 to 3 baby lambs once or twice a year. "lambing" is the act of giving birth for sheep. A lamb weighs on average when born, about 5 to 8 pounds (2.2 to 3.6 kg). Sheep are born without or with horns (polled). The high pitched sound a baby lamb makes is called "bleating". The length of a pregnancy (gestation period) for a Jacob Sheep is about 145 to 156 days.
Jacob Sheep have a 300 degrees field of vision and sheep do not have to turn their head to see behind them and they have excellent hearing. Sheep have long been used to control unwanted vegetation. Shelter is not necessary in the rain but Jacob Sheep do seek shade from the sun. There are over 900 different sheep breeds in the world and 40 different breeds of sheep in the United States. A Jacob Sheep does not have teeth in their upper front jaw. Jacob Sheep have 32 teeth. Sheep have 24 molars and 8 incisors in their mouth. A sheep has only lower teeth that press against an upper palette.
A Jacob Sheep is a herbivores, that eats leaves, grass, hay and furns. A Jacob Sheep has four chambers to its digestive system that helps break down what they eat. Sheep are "Ruminant" is any hoofed even-toed, mammal that digests its food in two stages. First by eating the raw materials and regurgitating a semi-digested form known as "cud" (ruminating: chewing the cud.) then eating the cud.
Milk from Sheep is mostly used to make gourmet cheese. A Jacob Sheep has an average body temperature of about 102.5˚F (39.1˚ Cel).
A lambs is usually sold on average for meat between 90 to 120 pounds (41 to 54.4 kg). "Mutton" is the name of the meat from a full grown Jacob Sheep. There is a split in the sheep upper lip which allows them to select their favorite leaves off a plant. A sheep has a life expectancy between 6 1/2 to 11 years. Milk from sheep has a higher level of zinc, calcium, protein, fat, riboflavin, thiamine and niacin than milk from cows or a goat.