When we first started raising sheep in 2010 we started with four ewes of the Navajo-Churro breed. This breed stuck out to Jared because of its strong constitution and excellent meat. It also has ties to Utah State University via Professor Lyle McNeal. Learn more about these sheep at the links below.
Navajo-Churro Sheep Association
"Ensuring the future of agriculture through the genetic conservation and promotion of endangered breeds of livestock and poultry"
is a great accompaniment to What Drives Us.
American Sheep Industry Directory of Breeds
The Navajo-Churro sheep was developed in the U.S. by the Navajo Indians in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah. Originating from the Spanish Churro, the first type of domestic sheep in North America, the Navajo-Churro is know for its adaptability and hardiness to harsh desert conditions. Some rams have four fully developed horns and some ewes have small horns. The ewes cycle naturally out of season, lamb easily, usually have multiple births and are protective mothers. The Navajo-Churro has a long hair outer coat and a fine-wool inner fleece, which may be white, black, gray or brown. Their wool is excellent for use in hand-spinning, specialty garments and carpets.
In the Fall of 2014 we added a sheep breed to our farm. The Katahdin is a hair sheep or short wool breed which means it doesn't have to be sheered every year. What little wool it grows in the winter will shed the following spring leaving just the sleek coat of hair causing it to be lower maintenance.
"The Shepard drives the wolf from the sheep for which the sheep thank the Shepard as a Liberator. While the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of Liberty. Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of Liberty."