Stonefield breeds and sells heritage Navajo-Churro sheep and cross-bred meat sheep.    Some Churro lambs are born in December because Churros are more aseasonal breeders.   The remaining lambs are born February through early April.

Navajo-Churros are a threatened land race worthy of preservation for beautiful wool, meat flavor and Southwestern adaptability.   Churros may bear 2 or more horns or may be polled.

The N-CSA has identified at least 17 genetic colors and patterns with six additional markings possible.  Recessive multiple horned sheep occur in addition to the 2-horned and polled.

Wool color may change with age and sun exposure.   Navajo-Churro wool is divided into 15 shades of white, brown, gray and black.   The wool is strong and double-coated: the coarse outer coat can be 6-12 inches long.  Navajo-Churro wool is used in rugs, guitar and chinch straps, bags, vests and crafts.

The Navajo-Churro Sheep Association maintains the breed standard for conservation.  Registration of mature sheep usually requires mailed photographs, wool samples and registration forms.

Lambs may be certified as to parents, but not yet registered.

 

Kyanite, Black Badger-faced Ram, Fused Horns; light blue undercoat

Espresso Black Ewe, 2-horned

Starfish (4-horned ram) and  his mother Polymnia (polled ewe)

Naturally raised lamb and resilient sheep from the Highlands of Northern New Mexico

© Bart Ellison 2017