We maintain about 50 Jacob ewes and up to 10 rams and wethers on our Solano County farm, just north of Vacaville, on the western edge of the Sacramento Valley. The main flock grazes our irrigated pasture from mid-March through November. We practice intensive grazing management strategies to aid in the health of the pasture and our sheep and to promote carbon sequestration in the soil.
All Jacob sheep are registered with the Jacob Sheep Breeders Association. However, our flock also includes a Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) ram and a few of his female offspring. The crossbred lambs are sold for meat or to join spinners' flocks.
The sheep are shorn in the winter, before lambing time. I sort the wool into white, gray, and black and deliver it to a mill, where it is carded and spun into a variety of soft, lofty, natural colored yarns. I weave blankets and garments from this yarn and also market it to other knitters, weavers and crocheters. We at Meridian Jacobs would like to welcome you to learn more about our wonderful sheep and their fabulous fiber by visiting us at one of our Open House events or by joining the Farm Club.