Sheep of the month
Originating in the Middle East, the hardy Jacob sheep has the softest fleece
Famous for their multiple horns and eye-catching cream and brown fleece, this historical breed have been around for longer than you might think. Believed to have originated from the Middle East, there are records of Jacob sheep dating back as early as 1800 BCE in Egypt. However, their existence in England wasn’t documented until the 1600s. By the mid 1700s they were widespread and a popular choice for farmers.
Known to be particularly hardy, Jacob sheep are easier to care for than other breeds.Their wool matches their nature and is wonderfully textured and tough – a top choice for warm outer garments in winter. Discover more about the wonderful world of British sheep and wool at www.britishwool.org.uk