Riddlesden Jacobs

A site about a West Yorkshire flock of Jacob Sheep

Getting ready to say bye to Brough

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So the time has come. I have, if I am honest, been putting this off but it is time to sell our ram. He is now nearly 2 years old and has been with us since October 2014. If you are looking for a pedigree Jacob Sheep ram then look no further. He’s your guy! Here are pictures of him throughout his time with us.

Anyway, with a slightly heavy heart I advertised Brough on preloved today. From the minute we got him he has made me smile and taught me a lot about sheep, and rams in particular. He has, with us humans at least, been the perfect gentleman. He has always been good natured with us and hasn’t shown any agression at all. He also seems pretty placid with the rest of the flock. He wasn’t keen on the first lambs when they were born so we moved him out of the field so the other ewes could lamb in peace and not worry about him but with us he’s always been lovely.



If we could I’d keep him forever but we need to introduce a new bloodline because we don’t have the space to keep him separated from his daughters and our flock is so small that we really want to operate with just one ram. It would be ideal if someone wanted to


buy him now as his sons are ready to either be sold for breeding or as meat now too and that would free up one of our fields completely. Given the rain we’ve had everywhere is a muddy mess and the more we can rest land the better!


So, our Brough, the Broughster as I have started calling him, comes from a good line of Jacob Sheep. He’s from a Nettlebed Ewe and he is a pretty good looking sheep. He is Jacob Sheep Society registered and we have all the paperwork. He has got lovely shaped horns which are in no danger of getting too close to his head and which are quite useful for grabbing him. He’s a decent size without being huge, probably about as big and heavy as we can manage really – we’re not tall enough for the really big Jacobs!

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Brough is calm and bucket trained and he likes his hay. We’ve never had any problems catching him and we have often walked him in between the two of us, holding a horn each, from one field to the other – including past a generator for shearing! At two years old and with his second set of lambs on the way (due end March/early April) he is proven but only just heading towards his prime. I shall miss him and I also know that we were so lucky to get him and getting a ram with a similar temperament isn’t going to be easy.

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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