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Minor Breeds: Jacob

MATURE BODY WEIGHT

Ram 140-190 lb.
Ewe 90-130 lb.

AVERAGE FIBER DIAMETER

Micron 35-27
Spinning Count 56-44

GREASE FLEECE WEIGHT

Ewe 3-6 lb.

STAPLE LENGTH

4-7"

The Jacob, although of unknown origin, has been raised for over 350 years in England. The Jacob is small and multihorned with black spots randomly distributed on the body and distinctive black facial markings over each eye and on the nose. They produce a medium-grade wool with some kempy fibers that create a hair effect characteristic of tweed clothing.

Learn more about sheep & wool from the following resources.

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Benefits of Wool

Sheep Wool Grades

Wool Definition

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