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A Ram Named Rambler

Over the last month we have been discussing the direction of our Jacob Sheep flock.  The great thing about Jacobs is they are each unique.  There is a wide variety within the breed of body conformation, fleece quality, and face and leg markings. 

We know we love the breed as a whole but figuring out what we want to see produced in our flock over a period of years has been the subject of much discussion.  {I know, exciting, right?}

Since I am spinning wool, we have put fleece quality at the top of the list.  Next is face and leg markings because we like black feet and knees. Strong horns are a must whether two horned or four horned.

And now since we have direction, choosing a ram is the next step.  Rams have the ability to greatly influence a flock because they breed with multiple ewes.  Choosing wisely is very important!

We have found a guy that will be great in our flock.
Meet Rambler
From Kenleigh Acres in Oregon


He won't be arriving on our farm until August when we pick him up at the Annual General Meeting of Jacob Breeders in Colorado.

We are really excited about him. 
Just look at that long wavy fleece!  (His fleece was wet from rain in this pic.) He's only five months old and it's already longer than most Jacob fleeces. 


Face and leg markings are nice and even.


And his horns are realllllly wide.  {I love two horned rams.}


And he's cute.  I know a ram won't stay cute for long but right now he's cute!


We are super excited about Rambler.

Comments

  1. Kenleigh Acres is exactly where I'd go to pick a nice prospect. Her sheep are lovely.

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  2. He is handsome!
    Every time my hubby comments about getting sheep I pipe up with, "How 'bout Jacob Sheep?"

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  3. Very Handsome guy there, and I too like the fact that he only has 2 horns. I like the look of Jacobs with 4 horns, but not the damage the 2 extra horns can do especially fences. Good Luck.

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  4. I don't know much about sheep, but he certainly is cute! Looks like he'd make a nice match with your current sheep.

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  5. I'm a complete and total novice... What will you do with your other rams? I know that many of your current flock are blood relations. Will you sell or trade them?

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  6. A few of our ram lambs have already been sold to other small flocks. Often lambs that are not good enough for registered breeding will become meat and pelts when they are one year. Hawthorn will be the second ram in our flock with Rambler. We are still evaluating Pistache and Cedar. Thanks for asking!

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  7. Oh you've just got to keep Pistache! He's just too cute!

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  8. That last photo of Rambler shows how regal he is! Nice job.

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