Duke & Frances – Jacob Rams
We’ve recently, as in two weekends ago, picked up a whole flock of Jacob sheep. They came from a very nice home where they were all extremely loved and taken care of but unfortunate circumstances required them ALL finding new homes. We live about five hours north of where they were located and it was really too good of a deal to pass up. We also hated to see such a nice group of sheep go to the auction which is where they were bound for had no one spoken for them. These sheep are so nice that they all wear dog collars and walk surprisingly well on them. We had a couple that bounced around but for the most part they’re pretty well mannered.
The first two, out of eleven, that I’ll introduce to you are the rams. They were both born this spring of ’08 and both are twins. Their sisters, moms and other ladies are all visiting my mother-in-law’s sheep for a bit while they get bred to our ram Raider.
The four horned dude above is whom I plan on registering as Castle Rock’s Frances. His registration form was filled out with his proper prefix but he didn’t have a name to call him by. I decided on Frances because he seems to be a bit of a whiner. I’m not saying that every one named Frances is a whiner, just that is seems like such a soft name; a pansy of sorts.
If you are a Frances, then I apologize, it’s just what comes to mind, that’s all.
This is his brother in the hood, Castle Rock’s Duke. His twin’s name is… yep, you guessed it, Duchess. Duke has a very nice wide horn set, very strong two horns and Hubby felt his fleece as he unloaded him out of the trailer and said it is very soft. That’s a big deal when Hubby can tell these things!
Brother Duke and Brother Frances (as I like to call them), seem to be enjoying the pastures with the green grass. It is just nubbins and they aren’t technically in the pastures, just a large holding pen for the rams which is about a quarter acre but it is larger then their other home and the grass, though nubbins is still grass.
Their biggest claim to fame, though, is that their sire is Chicory Lane Houdini who is now owned by Robin at Meridian Jacobs. Houdini was actually brought over by Duke and Frances’ previous owner from Pennyslvania. We own the ewe that was shipped with Houdini at the time, Chicory Lane Emma, too.
Houdini and Emma were actually brought to California by their previous owner because their wool is so nice and so are their breeding lines. I have more to learn about that, but it’s nice to know that we have some good stock on this here ranch. Notice the gate and H’s in the background? Yep, that’s what you get with a ram pen. 😉
“Don’t look at me! He did it!”
“If you ain’t careful, I’ll demonstrate here and now.”
Actually, neither one of those did it… But I can tell you that Shannon at Kenleigh Acres can give a good guess!