Organic, Jacob & Shetland Sheep

sheep-2We keep organic, Jacob and Shetland sheep at Drumanilra.

The Jacob is a rare breed of small, black and white spotted sheep with curly horns. Shetlands are brown or black. Jacobs are usually raised for their wool, meat, and hides. They have been used as guard animals to protect farm property from theft or vandalism and defend other livestock against predators. We keep them for their delicious flavoured meat.

Generally referred to as an unimproved or heirloom breed (one that has survived with little human selection), the Jacob is descended from an ancient Old World breed.  The Old Testament Bible mentions them several times.

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We fatten our lambs on organic grass only.  As a result, they grow at a slower, more natural pace. Research has shown that meat from animals with a high grass content in their diet, have higher and more balanced levels of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, than those fed mostly grain based concentrates. Our own taste tests prove it to be rich, textured and full of flavour!