[Jacob-list] showing sheep with freckles?
Neal and Louise Grose
nlgrose at yadtel.net
Fri Apr 21 05:46:47 EDT 2006
Linda, I think you are exactly right to look at this as presenting the Jacob Breed.
With what little showing I have done and seen, the judges are most likely to give primary consideration to non-breed specific traits. However, SAFF has a good track record of getting judges that are familiar with, and give due credit to what they think are Jacob breed character. I had a few Jacobs at the very first SAFF. One was criticized for having "patches that touched". I got him back in the ewe lamb class though. When he asked why she was not docked, I explained that I had not been able to catch her to perform the procedure. He not only accepted the explanation, but thought it was worth mentioning when he went to the microphone.
When I went to SAFF a few years ago, there was a huge "Jacob" ram being shown that had a nearly level rump. Fortunately, he bottomed the class, because would have hated to walk out in the ring and slap the judge.
All in all, though, I think that freckling is minor issue as far as a authentic breed character is concerned. I have a sneaking suspicion that some forms of it arise due to a mis-match in piebald genes across bloodlines.
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Thanks for the input, Cheryl and Royal
I may decide to take a couple of lambs to SAFF this year. I am more interested in presenting Jacobs to the public than actually winning anything. Seeing a forward horned, scurred lateral ewe there one year as the only representative of the breed didn't really present a good public image of the breed (in my very humble opinion).
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