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Why do we raise Jacobs?  How did we decide on Jacobs?  After living in the Seattle area and raising our family there, we opted for early career retirement  to return to Iowa  to preserve and protect the family farm.  Small family farms today are indeed an endangered resource.

What to do with this scenic, but hilly and limestone studded land?  We needed to be good stewards of the land, have a crop that we could handle together, that would educate the community as well as ourselves, and would be environmentally sound.  We narrowed the possibilities to sheep or goats raised on the land with a minimum of tillage.  Then Marianne visited England and discovered the most beautiful cloth on bolts at a Cotswolds woolen mill and the dream was born . . .

We started with eight ewes and two rams and they arrived in Iowa prior to our permanent move here.  Our ewe flock has always been the cornerstone of our Jacob endeavor.   We purchased the very best ewes we could find and then built on their individual quality, mothering ability and lambing performance.  They did not let us down and we have kept the lines of these “Jacob eight” going to this day.  New bloodlines are introduced in our flock through flock rams.

We have stringent health goals; we believe “cleanliness is next to godliness.”  Perhaps we are not squeaky clean every day, but our aim is to clean our our barns weekly, jugs every other day during lambing.  The sheep get lots of fresh air, sunshine and exercise running up and down the limestone hills.  The Harmony (Minnesota) Veterinary Clinic is our regular vet source.  They know our flock and help keep us apprised on animal health issues.  We participated in the USDA’s National Animal Health Monitoring System (NAHMS) 2001 Sheep Study and we are registered in the National Scrapies Eradication Program.  We are members of the Iowa Sheep Industry Association and American Livestock Breeds Conservancy, as well as the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association.

Our farm hosts many visitors — not only to look at these rare sheep, but to learn more of farm life.  This is an interesting and picturesque corner of the state, and we are on the Winneshiek County Tourism map.  We also host school children, college classes, weavers and spinners and other educational groups .

JSBA members and friends provide us with friendship, support and counsel and we thank the many breeders who have purchased starter flocks from us, added our sheep to existing flocks, as well as those who come to look and to learn and perhaps to dream . . . . 
 

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