Sheep of the month

Orig­i­nat­ing in the Mid­dle East, the hardy Ja­cob sheep has the soft­est fleece

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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

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