We strive to improve upon the Jacob sheep breed. Through education and adhering to breed standards, we breed the best to the best. We save these to register, the rest are sold as fleece animals, or as locker lamb. ChiBaRa breeding stock is high quality stock for fleece, horns and temperament.
Jacob fleece is prized by hand spinners because they are light and open, weighing between 3 & 6 pounds and having staple length of 2 to 7 inches. They part easily, exposing a soft, medium wool with healthy luster and sheen. Our Jacob sheep have a fleece micron count between 24 and 35, making this the perfect start to a warm blanket, socks, hats, sweaters and scarfs.
We send our raw wool to Round Barn Fiber Mill in Illinois, there, it is spun into sport, bulky and worsted weight yarns. The yarn is grouped by the sheep that grew the fleece and the year it was grown. We call it Fiber with a Face. Your purchase will come with a picture of the sheep that made your yarn.
We send our raw wool to Round Barn Fiber Mill in Illinois, there, it is spun into sport, bulky and worsted weight yarns. Some of it is left as roving so you can spin at home.
Jacob sheep are polycerates. This means that they have 2-6 horns. Because of their amazing horns people are often fascinated and want to make art from these magnificent features. While we rarely have skulls from big boys, occasionally, we do have skulls available.
Jacob meat is considered one of the best tasting lamb around. The meat is lean and mild flavored. Adult sheep do not develop a 'gamy' taste as do many meat breeds. They are slower growing, which allows for a deepening of flavor not found in other breeds.
"In our ongoing commitment to making it more profitable to raise heritage breeds, The Livestock Conservancy, created the Shave ‘Em to Save ‘Em Initiative, thanks to funding provided by the Manton Foundation. It’s a program that will recognize fiber artists for using wool from breeds on our Conservation Priority List while connecting shepherds of heritage breeds with customers.
The Livestock Conservancy has long said that the way to save endangered breeds of livestock is to give them a job. In the case of wool sheep, we need to start using their wool again. Because of marketing challenges, some shepherds discard or compost the wool after their annual shearing rather than cleaning it and selling it. In addition to encouraging fiber artists to try using rare wools, the program also educates shepherds about how to prepare their wool for sale and how to reach customers and fiber artists, thereby making it more profitable to raise heritage breeds.
How does it work?
How will Fiber Artists find Fiber Providers?
Through the Conservancy’s online breeders and products directory