Attend the Navajo-Churro Sheep Assoc. Annual Celebration

September 20-23rd 2018
Cortez Colorado

Enjoy learning about fiber arts & crafts, watch Navajo-Churro sheep and wool shows, visit vendors booths, hearing speakers, and great food and more.  Contact us to request program and travel details. 
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Thursday September 20th
10 am to 5 pm: Participate in our all day “Spin-Off” featuring fiber arts and crafts including weaving, felting, spinning, dying, carding and other aspects of wool. Bring your own project or learn from hands-on demonstrations provided by Dine Be Iina, Navajo Lifeways and other fiber arts enthusiasts. Learn about Navajo and Hispanic perspectives and history relation to sheep.

7 pm to 9 pm: Learn about Navajo-Churro Sheep. Dr. Lyle McNeal, Carnegie Professor, Livestock & Range Specialist at College of Agriculture & Applied Sciences, Utah State University. As founder of the Navajo Sheep Project he will speak about the significance of Navajo-Churro Sheep as a land race and his 40 years of experience in helping save this breed from extinction.

Friday September 21st – Daytime
9:00 am Doors open. Vendors and information booths open all day. 9:30am Understanding the N-CSA Database & Registry

10:30 am “Weavings of the Four Corners: From Cotton to Wool.” Travel through time with Navajo fiber artist Zefren Anderson of Zefren M-Weavings, as he explores the history of fiber use in our region.

1:00 pm Juried Navajo-Churro Fleece Show and Clinic. First, second and third place awards for each class , plus champion ram and ewe and best of show awards. E-mail for details.

3:00 pm   Mini-workshops, demonstrations, and round-table discussions. Shop vendors booths &the N-CSA Silent Auction.

Evening Dinner and Keynote Speaker Friday September 21st

5:30 pm enjoy dinner featuring Navajo-Churro Lamb. YOU MUST RSVP. Cost is $15 per plate for adults, $8.00 for children. Pay at door.  Contact us to RSVP.

7:00 pm KEYNOTE SPEAKER Dr. Alison Martin PhD, Executive Director of the Livestock Breeds Conservancy, will discuss the work of her organization and significance conserving endangered livestock breeds.
Anyone interested in heritage horses, poultry, rabbits, sheep, goats, cattle & pigs will enjoy this presentation. 

Saturday September 22nd
7:30 am Membership breakfast and meeting. RSVP for breakfast ($5)

9:00 am   Vendors and information booths open all day. 9:30am

9:00 am Dr. Allison Alison Martin, Executive Director of Livestock Breeds Conservancy will present on Genetics and Breeding Practices for livestock conservation with focus on sheep.

12: 00 – 3:00 pm   Enjoy watching our Juried Navajo-Churro Sheep Show. First, second and third place awards for each class , plus champion ram and ewe and best of show awards. E-mail for details.

3:00 pm   The N-CSA general silent auction ends. You must be present.3:30 pm   Sheep Registration Clinic. Breeders will have sheep inspected. Everyone will learn about breed characteristics and qualities.

5:00 pm Closing comments. Vendors booths close.

Sunday Sept. 23rd—Enjoy an Open Gate farm tour.
Learn about Holistic Management Grazing planning, irrigation mgt., soil health, grass fed beef and lamb production, and more. Contact us to register. Fee of $25 includes lunch.‎

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 



 

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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