The Jacob Sheep Conservancy
group of dedicated breeders and fanciers of Jacob Sheep, interested in
preserving and increasing this delightful rare heritage breed. The JSC
is a Breed Registry whose primary focus is the conservation of the
Jacob Sheep in the United States through breeder education, research,
the keeping of records and data, monitoring breed health, and providing
support and service to our members. We also serve as a resource for
those interested in locating a Jacob sheep breeder or Jacob products.
The JSC has the following purpose and goals:
- To engage in the education, research, conservation, and the
advancement of public awareness of the Jacob breed of sheep.
- To register and keep pedigree records of all animals that qualify
as Jacob sheep.
- To provide interested people with information about Jacob sheep
and their products.
- To develop a breed standard which will serve to identify and
register individual sheep that qualify as Jacobs.
- To promote interest in the Jacob breed of sheep wherever possible
in order to attract new breeders for the conservation and wellbeing of
The JSC Registry is based on the Progeny
Test, which requires the evaluation of a particular sheep's
offspring to determine its acceptability as a true Jacob sheep. This
test subjectively demonstrates the genetic law that states, "like
begets like." Pure Jacob sheep should produce pure Jacob sheep. These
sheep are not merely sheep that "look" like Jacobs. The Progeny test
insures that these sheep are a breed capable of producing
offspring genetically like themselves. The organization maintains a
registry of animals which have passed this evaluation.
The JSC began in 1987 when a group of Jacob breeders joined
together for the purpose of conserving this breed. The JSC was
incorporated in 1990 as a non-profit corporation. We operate as such
with an elected Board with staggered three-year terms and annually
elected Officers. Please click here to read our by-laws and our Code of Ethics.
The JSCpublishes The Journal of the Jacob Sheep
Conservancy which supports the conservation and preservation of the
breed, shares "Jacob tales", welcomes new members, highlights member
farms, and features many reprinted and researched articles about the
breed and sheep husbandry. The JSC maintains membership in the
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and officially adopted the terms
and programs of the ALBC for purposes of better communicating
conservation concerns. The JSC also holds membership in
the OPP Society.