sunrise at the farm

Cold Valley Farm raises Jacob sheep in southern Wisconsin. We started in 2001 with four ewes and a ram from three breeders and have maintained a closed ewe flock since then that currently numbers about two dozen breeding ewes.

Our Jacobs have primitive traits such as a lighter frame and triangular heads compared with some other Jacob imports and improved commercial breeds.

Although we don't select for wool quality beyond meeting the JSBA breed standard, some of our sheep have excellent handspinning fleeces and about one third of the flock are lilacs.

The flock grazes from April through November and is fed alfalfa/grass hay in our century-old barn in winter. Lambing starts in February, sometimes in sub-zero weather, and we find Jacob ewes to be easy lambers and good mothers. Our goal is to raise healthy, hardy, interesting sheep practical for a small farm.