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Jacob Sheep Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Ovis aries aries
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Artiodactyla
  • Range

    The Jacob sheep has been bred by pastoralists around the globe. The breed was originally developed in England.

  • Habitat

    Jacob sheep graze grasslands, fields and other pastures provided by keepers.

  • Niche

    Jacob sheep feed on grass, hay and other browse. They possess a multi-chambered stomach, enabling them to digest plant products containing high levels of cellulose.

  • Life History

    Female sheep enter estrus in late summer or early fall, ensuring that lambs are born in spring, when food is readily available. Lambs are well-developed at birth, with a full coat and short horn buds. They can begin to move with their herd within an hour of being born.

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