Riddlesden Jacobs

A site about a West Yorkshire flock of Jacob Sheep

Fortnightly Sheep: Ewe 1

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And here’s our 3rd sheep profile. She is our number 1 and to be honest she never really attracted much attention. She is quiet and a little shy but has never been any bother.

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As you can see she is quite striking with an almost black face and and quite a lot of brown particularly round her neck and front. She’s a little 4 horn ewe born in early 2013 She looks quite stocky in the picture above which is from January 2014 but it’s mostly wool and she is actually one of our slighter ewes.

She seems to often stick with our number 6 which we profiled earlier this year and she was, for a little while at least, Brough’s favourite. She’s not as brave as those two though and will be the first to back off if we come too close. She has settled a lot though compared to the early days. If she lambs this year, and we hope she will, it will be her first time.

20140707_173907The picture above shows her just after shearing in July 2014 (her first) looking pretty miserable and in fact we thought we might lose her a week or so later. She got a few little cuts during shearing (we’re going to find someone else this year!) and although we sprayed the sheep against flies and any cuts with anti-septic spray, she still developed a nasty little wound which attracted flies and we had to scrape out maggots and spray fly and maggot spray on her for several days. She kept herself away from the rest of the flock but came to the trough to eat. Luckily the weather changed and there were fewer flies around and the cuts healed properly. We’re delighted she made a full recovery and are looking forward to seeing her lambs and how she is with them.

Author: Jess Guth

Dr Jess Guth is a Senior Lecturer in Law. She blogs at jessguth.com She also doesn't really run - reallynotarunner.com

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