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Dr. Norton and Page Jacobs

Dr. Norton and Page Jacobs of Coolidge, Arizona were truly Karakul Showmanship Pioneers. Even though they ‘passed over to the other side’ in May this year they have motivated me to re-start the Blog and re-vamp the website. Thank you for being such great teachers Norton & Page!

Page and Norton had already been showing Karakuls in California and the southwest years before Julia DeVlieg launched the new AKSR in late 1985. Several of us jumped at the chance to be part of her new group in 1986. But in a 1988 letter to Julia, Page noted that she had been invited to the really big shows like NAILE because of her show ring reputation. Page Jacobs had been winning big at big shows and fairs with her Karakuls. In the late 1980s East coast & Midwest Karakul breeders were just getting started. (NAILE is the North American International Livestock Exposition, a 2-week show in November in Louisville, Kentucky.)

1993 Gathering. Page Jacobs holding her yearling that was soon to be Champion Ram

On top of her Karakul show reputation, Page was an amusing, easygoing, fascinating woman.

From   ~ Robin Snyder, Kirkland, AZ, June 2019

My favorite Page story goes way back to LA county fair when I had only been showing a few years.  A friend helped me show my sheep and she had handled one of my ram lambs.  He was junior champion and was up for breed champion.  Page and I stood on the sidelines.  At the time I was in awe of Page and a bit intimidated.   As we watched, Page said that she thought her yearling would win champion as he was undefeated. When the judge picked my ram lamb, Page was very surprised. She wondered whose lamb it was. I was too intimidated to admit that he was mine.  Later, Page came over to me and was laughing “Now there I was sounding off about my yearling to you when your lamb beat him!” (Page thought it was hilarious!)

For more on the lives of Norton and Page Jacobs check out the News tab

Check out another Page & Norton story on our Newsletter page, issue Summer 2019.

I would love to collect other Page & Norton stories. Please feel free to add to our collection by clicking on Leave a Comment (at top).

The Alliance is in the News

Karakul Shepherds Alliance is in the News. Julia and Deborah have been busy writing. We have had some good timing along the way from major US sheep magazines to get the word out about the Alliance and what it is doing to help Karakul breeders come together and have their sheep recognized and counted.

January/February 2017, PRESS RELEASE: New Karakul Shepherds Alliance: Looking For Karakul Breeders in sheep! magazine, The Voice of the Independent Flockmasters

Fall 2016, PRESS RELEASE: Karakul Shepherds Alliance in the Black Sheep Newsletter, proceeded by Letty Klein’s introduction of the Alliance in her front page article  Michigan Shepherding (with COLOR photos)

Three articles were the back pages of The Shepherd magazine in their feature Focus: Karakuls December 2016; Pine Lane Farm Karakuls, American Karakul Sheep, and Karakul Sheep: Their American History

Our Letter Introducing The Alliance

Check out our web pages for News and Articles

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Uzbek Shepherd

The Winter 2016-2017 front page photo was a bit different this season, so thought I would provide some details before question marks popped up.

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The place is Uzbekistan. The sheep are most likely Karakuls. They sure do look like it. The photo was taken by Rick Misterly of Rice, Washington, a neighbor 5 miles down the road from Julia DeVlieg’s Anakus Karakuls. Date is the 1987 Peace Fleece Trip.   What is Peace Fleece?

Since 1985 Peace Fleece International is still going strong. Peace through Fleece.

Dedication

This website is a project dedicated to the awesome spirit and unique qualities of the sheep known as Karakul.  The Karakul Shepherds Alliance is less an organization and more a statement of the bond that exists between those who care for and love these precious ones.

We are attempting to solve a problem.  For more than a decade there has been much concern for the drastic decline in Karakul sheep and the shepherds who raise them in the US.

To start to address this situation, within this website, we are offering three services. Please go to the ABOUT page for a detailed introduction and overview.

  • Provide tools and information so Karakul breeders can find each other and share.
  • Locate all of the Karakul flocks in the US and attempt to get an annual population count via the Census.
  • Provide a registry service.

Current messages and conversations follow in the BLOG.  Older ones have been archived. Please feel free to participate.

Sheep Wanted

We are receiving requests for Karakul sheep from all over the US–California to West Virginia. Unfortunately these invitations are scattered across The Alliance website since interested shepherds were inspired to post on different pages. Consolidating the requests seemed like the way to go – Sheep Wanted is the latest Alliance Web page.

If you have Karakul sheep, check the Sheep Wanted page to see if you can fill the requests for breeding stock or meat. Expand your current market or help a fellow Karakul shepherd in neighboring states market theirs. If you know a Karakul breeder who might have what they are looking for, please point them to our website to connect with the requester.

Thanks for your interest in one of the most amazing animals on the planet!

Karakul ewe with lamb, the ultimate mother

Karakul ewe with lamb, the ultimate mother

Get in Touch

We are looking for Karakul flocks. We are long-time breeders who are concerned about the recent decrease in the American Karakul sheep population. We are very interested in the survival of the breed and encourage you to get in touch with us.

This site is for:

  • support for the shepherds
  • questions about the sheep

Please let us know what you need and what kind of help you would like from us. Feel free to post on a sheep topic of your choice. And please check back often.

It is mid-January 2016 and the Alliance Website and Blog are getting ready to serve Karakul breeders in 2016.

For a more detailed explanation of what we would like to accomplish please read our About page.

Elf Ears

Elf-eared Karakul sheep! How many Karakuls have you had or seen with these ears? Click on Leave a Comment above and tell us. Better yet send us some pictures.
About one to two inches in length, they are named elf ears because of their diminutive size.
Different, charming, attractive. Take a look below. And check out more of the uniqueness of Karakul sheep at the Gallery of Ears page.

DeVlieg 92 lamb w elf ears DeVlieg 95 lamb w short earsDeVlieg 96 ewe and lamb w elf ears

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