Breed Promotion News  

 Breed Promotion In 2017

The 2017 Wool Cup competition took place at the AGM weekend in Scotland 21st to 23rd April at Glenrothes, Fife. Please see the Autunm Jacob Journal for all the results.

Archive News From Breed Promotion

Woolfest 2014 

Woolfest 2014 will be held on Friday 27 June 10 am-6 pm & Saturday 28 June 10 am-5 pm at Mitchell's Lakeland Livestock Centre, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 0QQ.

It's a great day out to celebrate the best of wool. with lots of opportunitues to take part in creative projects, find out about a new craft skill at one of the demonstrations, meet makers & designers, learn about British wool & rate native breeds. There will also be a fleece sale too. For more information visit the Woolfest website.

Ram Lamb Sale in aid of Fundraiser at Northern Region Show & Sale, Skipton
The sale of two ram lambs in the Jacob Sheep Society’s Northern region’s Skipton sale on August 30th will help to boost funds for a hospice in Lancashire.
‘Goosnargh’ flock owner Andrew Dickinson and partner Sam will donate whatever their early January born two-horned Goosnargh Mac makes, to St Catherines Hospice in Preston, from where Macmillan nurses are supporting Andrew through his chemotherapy, he having been diagnosed with cancer last year. And in a bid to cast the net wider to appeal to four-horned breeders, Thornley flock owner Howard Walsh has given Andrew a late February born four horner – Thornley Mac – which will be sold consecutively for the same charity.
Andrew and Sam, who only really went seriously into Jacob sheep four years ago, say the sale of the lambs is in recognition of the outstanding support he has received from Macmillan nurses through the course of his on-going treatment.
Goosnargh Mac is by Goosnargh Grappler, a son of Border Grappler, and out of a ‘Theoaks’ ewe which Andrew bought in Carlisle. Sire Goosnargh Grappler has been a successful show sheep, having won the ram classes at local shows Garstang, Gargrave and Chipping in 2012.  Andrew says Mac is a well grown lamb and certainly big enough to serve ewes this time.
Thornley Mac is by Thornley Creator which was breed champion at Chipping, and best fleece sheep at Masham Sheep Fair in 2013, and reserve male champion at this year’s Great Yorkshire. He is out of one of the flock’s older ewes that breeds back to the noted Border Nero.
Both lambs will be sold without reserve.
2015 JSS Calendar Photo Competition
The BP Committee are holding a photo competition for a 2015 Society calendar. If you would like to enter, please submit your photos via email to Lesley at:
Competition Rules
* Max 5 entries per member
* Entries close September 30 2014
* Competition open only to UK JSS members
* All entries MUST include your flock name and number as well as region
* Please send in your best seasonal or month appropriate snaps 
* The final photo selection will be announced shortly after the October BP Committee meeting
Thank you and the BP team are looking forward to seeing your photos!

New Society Logo

The Jacob Sheep Society brand is evolving! We are moving to a new logo design, created and donated by artist and fellow JSS member, Caroline Gould and recommended to us by the Breed Promotion Committee.

This is the third logo in the Society's history and brings us up to date with a clear, crisp design for the 2010's, easily reproduced on clothing and merchandise and striking to represent the breed.

You will see a transition to the new logo over the next year which we hope you will like.

Robert Locker, Chairman

2014 Ireland AGM - Wool Cup, Photo Competition & Pat Bromley Trophy Results

The winner of the Best Wool Exhibit was Beryl Thompson who also won the Dutch Cup and the Aileen Kennedy Trophy. Beryl was also part of the Northern Region whose entires took first place for the best regional group. The Wool Cup was judged by Dorothy Pendry. The results from the judging are:

Regional - 1. Northern, 2. Scotland, 3. Wales, 4. South West

Individual - 1. Beryl Thompson, 2. Elizabeth Roberts, 3. Rachel Gibb, 4. Aileen Simpson, 5. Beryl Thompson, 6. Geraldine Fletcher

Highly Commended - 1. Catherine Harding, 2. Linda McKendrick, 3. Judy Bell, 4. & 5. Brenda Howell

Handspun - 1. & 2. Beryl Thompson, 2. Elizabeth Roberts, 4. Ruth Cherry

The photo competition was very successful with many excellent entries. The categories were Show Time, Lambing Time and Jacobs and Friends. The competition was judged by Angela Gilbert. The two winning photos from Show Time and Lambing Time by Nicola Fletcher are below and the results from the competition are as follows:

Jacobs & Friends - 1. Mike Reynolds, 2. & 3. Siwan Harries, 4. & 5. Mike Reynolds, 6. Melanie Harper

Lambing Time - 1. Nicola Fletcher, 2. Mike Reynolds, 3. Clive Richardson, 4. Melanie Harper, 5. Clive Richardson, 6. Sharon Colhoun

Show Time - 1. & 2. Nicola Fletcher, 3. Sharon Colhoun, 4. Siwan Harries, 5. Bryn George, 6. Melanie Harper 

The Pat Bromley Trophy was awarded to Mairi Connor for an outstanding young person involved with promoting the Jacob breed. Well done and congratulations to Mairi!

Jacob Sculptures at Charlecote Park

Here's a lovely video of the Jacob sheep sculptures that have been commissioned by Charlecote Park (JSS flock No.5), near Stratford-upon-Avon, to celebrate their Jacobs.

The ram, Major Mustard, Mabel the ewe and lambs Minty and Pickles have all been created using a chainsaw and the end sculptures look just great! Take a look at the video below to see the process from start to finish. You can even visit the sculptures on August 10 at the Central Region's Open Day which is being held at Charlecote Park. For more information visit the Central Region's News page here.


Wool Cup 2014 Entry Form

The entry form for the 2014 has been posted out with the winter edition of the Journal. However, if you have misplaced your entry form & would like to enter please click here to download a PDF version of the form.

Please note entries must be submitted by March 14 2014 & early notification of entries to Beryl Thompson is much appreciated.

Winter 2013 Breed Promotion Report by Lisa Adams, Chairman

When you have a warm, sunny spell in October it always feels like you are cheating a few extra days from the winter.  It makes a nice change when sorting tupping groups in nice weather. However, once the tups were in the groups the “all weather” raddle crayons proved a bit too soft and a phone call from my brother (who has been shepherding my Jacobs while I have been working away) soon confirmed this.  “Lisa, your sheep look like the minions from Despicable Me” came the response when I enquired how tupping was going.  For those who haven’t seen the film, think yellow all over.

Anyway, back to business! There have been a couple of changes to the Breed Promotion committee since our last meeting; we have two new committee members and we welcome Chris Slee (South West) and Gabriel McCole (Ireland).  I would like to thank Vicky Hammond, Geraldine Fletcher and John & Freda Fozzard for all their help representing their respective regions. You have been invaluable!

Over the next six months the Breed Promotion committee is looking at ways to improve the visual impact of our Society stands. There has been a real focus this year on targeting a specific audience, i.e. a commercial/cross breeding focus at NSA events whereas at smallholder and open days the focus has been on promoting Jacob sheep and their versatility as a pure breed.

Looking back over the previous six months, it has been a good year with excellent turnouts at agricultural shows and some notable interbreed successes which are always pleasing to read in the national farming press!   In addition to this the regional sales received their fair share of media coverage with a new record breed price achieved at St. Boswells.

With Christmas fast approaching, we have stocks of cards and notelets available from our on-line shop, or alternatively you can get things from Bob Bramley who can be contacted on

Smallholder Magazine Article

For those of you who have not seen it, Janet East, past Breed Promotion Chairman, has written an article about Jacob sheep which has recently been published in Smallholder magazine.

Although the edition of the magazine is no longer available to buy in the newsagents, you can read the online version of it by clicking here.

Countryfile February 10 2013 - Adam Henson Introduces His Jacob Sheep


Woolfest 2012

Woolfest 2012 is happening again this year at Cockermouth, Cumbria on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June. It's set to be even bigger this year with over 160 stalls to fulfill your wool and craft needs.

Continuing on the success of last year's Woolfest, Dianne Hall will be there to represent the Society and will have on display many beautiful handcrafted Jacob wool items as well as hanks of Jacob yarn, fleeces, patterns and kits for sale.

Woolfest is a celebration of natural fibres and all things wool. All aspects of wool are celebrated from hill farming and rare breed fleece animals to the latest craft techniques and creations. 

Why not pop along to show your support for the Society and our woolly friends the Jacob sheep. Doors open 10.00 am each day and entrance costs £6.00 per day.

JSS Stand Wins Gold Medal

The Jacob Sheep Society has been awarded a medal for their stand at the Devon County Show this year which took place over the 17, 18 and 19 May. The stand took first place and the gold medal award in the category for the exhibit which best promotes a breed of sheep.

Vicki Hammond, Breed Promotion Representative for the South West Region, and her team worked extremely hard in the run up to the show and during the show itself to get the stand looking so good.

The stand featured information about Jacobs as well as fantastic photos of the breed and there was also JSS merchandise for sale. The stand showcased the Jacob fleece for its use in crafts such as skins, handpsun wool and other handcrafted items. Jane Moor, a local spinner also was present on the stand for the three days that the show ran promoting the breed by spinning with Jacob fleece. Well done to everyone who was involved and congratulations on your award!    


AGM Prize Winners

The Society's National AGM took place recently between the 27 & 29 April and was kindly hosted by the Southern Region this year. New post holders for positions such as Society President, Chairman and Breed Promotion Chairman were handed over at the event which was also attended by our Patron the HRH Princess Alexandra.

A great time was had by all attendees and over the weekend a few competitons were held and judged such as The Wool Cup. The results are as follows:

The Wool Cup - Winners, Southern Region

Eileen Kenney Trophy - Winner, Dianne Hall

The Pat Bromley Trophey - Winner, James Leonard of Wales

Journal Prize - Winner, Calum Smith from the Central Region

Photographic Competition:

Jacob Sheep & Animal Friends

1. Nicola Fletcher, 2. Mike Reynolds, 3. The Milners, Highly Commended, Vicki Hammond

Shepherd & Flock

1. Mike Reynolds, 2. Betty Palmer, 3. Mike Reynolds, Highly Commended, Mike Reynolds

Open Days

1. Stan Taylor, 2. Robert Locker, 3. Lesley Partridge, Highly Commended, The Milners

To view a photo slideshow of the Wool Cup & Eileen Kennedy Trophy entries, click on play button below. Well done to all of our winners and see you all at next years AGM!

 Breed Promotion Committee Meeting, February 2012

A very successful Breed Promotion committee meeting was held on Saturday 11 February. The meeting was kindly hosted by Jean Simmons at her home in Staffordshire. Jean made all of the regional representatives very welcome and kept us all well-fed and fuelled up on tea and coffee. A big thank you to Jean for your hospitalty.

The committee felt that Society members may like to know about some items that are on the horizon that have come about as a result of the meeting.

Firstly, Janet East, has written a very interesting and informative article about the Jacob breed that will be published in a forthcoming edition of Smallholder magazine. Vicky Hammond will also have an article about the breed published in a forthcoming edition of Devon Life magazine. Publication dates will be updated on this page, so please check back for details.

This year again the Society will have a stand at Woolfest which will be held in Cockermouth, Cumbria on Friday 22 and Saturday 23 June. Continuing on the success of last year's Woolfest, Dianne Hall will be there to represent the Society and will have on display many handcrafted items made from Jacob wool as well as hanks of Jacob yarn, fleeces, patterns and kits for sale.

Some new and exciting items are also soon to be added to the merchandising section of the website. A chic eco bag is planned which will hopefully be available in time for the annual AGM as well as variety pack of winter-themed Jacob cards.

Royal Mail British Farm Animals Stamps

Royal Mail have put together a sheet of six 1st class stamps featuring British farm animals and on this particular set, British sheep breeds. The Jacob is one of the six sheep breeds featured with the other five being: Welsh Mountain Badger Face, Dalesbred, Suffolk, Soay and Leicester Longwool.

The stamps are available to buy from the Royal Mail Online Shop and are available as a stamp set or as a cover with details of each breed and cancelled with a Sheepdrove, Lambourn, Hungerford postmark. The stamps will be issued on February 24. 

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