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JACOB SHEEP

Scientific Name: Ovis aries
Order
Artiodactyla

Family
Bovidae

Habitat & Range
Jacob sheep have been raised in England for over 350 years, however their origin is unknown. They were imported to North America in the mid 1900’s from England. They are typically raised in a farm environment.

Identification
The Jacob is a small spotted sheep that is most often covered in black and white wool. Males have an average weight of 160 pounds and females 100 pounds. The most unique characteristic is their 4 horns, although they can have only 2 or as many as 6. Both males and females are horned, although the male’s horns are larger.

Diet
Jacob sheep are herbivores that feed on grains, alfalfa and vegetables.

Reproduction & Lifespan
Mating season usually occurs in the cooler months of fall and females typically bear 1 to 2 lambs, born in the spring. A Jacob sheep’s lifespan averages 15 to 20 years.

 
 
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