No “Snow Days” for Sheep Producers

Feeding Sheep in Snow

Ranching is a 24/7 job.   Most family farmers and ranchers are dependent on their own labor and that usually means there are no “snow days”.   Livestock must always be tended to no matter what else is happening.  The vast majority of Americans are 3 or more generations removed from the rigors of farm life.  Yet they are dependent on farmers and ranchers to supply safe, healthy, affordable food.  Here we are feeding the sheep, on time, in a mid February blizzard.

Our next lamb crop is due in April.  Feeding our Navajo-Churro ewes on time and with the correct amounts  is essential to healthy lamb development. Especially in the third trimester where most of the growth happens and thus the greatest demand on the ewe’s resources.

 

Grass Fed Navajo-Churro Lamb in Durango CO

Lamb Chops

We are currently taking orders for our 2018 grass fed lambs.  We have a processing date is March 28th at Sunnyside Meats in Durango Colorado.  WE DO NOT SHIP MEAT.  

We will reserve your lamb on a first come, first serve basis.  Please let us know if you are interested in reserving a lamb by using our contact form.  We look forward to hearing from you soon. As of January 26, 2018 we have 4 lambs left. 

We sell by live weight. Live weights this year will range from 90 to 120 pounds. We will send you a final invoice one week prior to processing.  Unless otherwise arranged you will be responsible for paying processing fees to Sunnyside Meats and picking your meat up in Durango CO.

We are pleased to be working with consumers who are interested in supporting local agriculture and local heritage breeds. Our animals are grass fed and have access to pasture. They are not fed any grain, antibiotics or hormones in their diet. Our sheep are treated humanely and receive appropriate medical care when needed. In 2017 we helped get 5 new producers started with our breeding stock.  This includes donating breeding stock to Navajo youth.

Navajo-Churro Instincts

Navajo-Churro still have good instincts and social structure. Jewel has taken on the role of matriarch. She is 7 years old. She leads the flock out and back. She watches out for danger and checks suspicious things out while the others continue to graze. She is not a pet, but is compliant when we need her to be.

ArS Jewel

Mother and daugher bond

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The ewe lambs form a bond with their dams and stay close by while the ram lambs go off on their own. This is ArS Onaa and her ewe lamb.

Our replacement ewe lambs:

These are two the ewe lambs we are holding back as replacements in our breeding flock primarily because of their genetics and because they are fabulous in their looks and confirmation to breed standards.

ArS Moon Shadow, 7 month old ewe lamb.
ArS Moon Shadow, a 7 month old ewe lamb.
ArS Pretty Girl, 7 month old ewe lamb.
ArS Pretty Girl, a 7 month old ewe lamb.

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We did well at the 2016 Navajo-Churro Sheep Association Annual Sheep and Wool Shows

ArS Snowy took Best of Show at the 2016 N-CSA Annual Sheep Show
Our yearling ewe, ArS Snowy, took Best of Show at the 2016 N-CSA Annual Sheep Show
ArS Smokey Blue took Best of Show for her fleece in the 2016 N-CSA Annual Wool Show
ArS Smokey Blue took Best of Show for her fleece and AGR Freckles to Champion in the ram class at the 2016 N-CSA Annual Wool Show
ArS Smokey Blue
ArS Smokey Blue took Best of Show for her fleece.
AGR Freckles took grand champion for his fleece.
AGR Freckles took grand champion for his fleece.
Dotty, a lamb out of our ewe Trixie who was bred to RM Handsome Bob took Reserve Champion in the ewe class at the 2016 N-CSA Sheep Show.
Lily Farms ewe lamb Dotty, who is out of our ewe Trixie took Reserve Champion in the ewe class at the 2016 N-CSA Sheep Show.

 

FSF Sasha took second place in the yearling ewe class at the 2016 N-CSA Show.
FSF Sasha took second place in the yearling ewe class at the 2016 N-CSA Show.

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