We keep close to 25 ewes and six rams. The purebred Navajo-Churro rams carry different breed traits. The other rams are selected for best meat conformation. We keep spare rams in case of sudden loss.
About two-thirds of the flock is now Navajo-Churro. We recently purchased six more Churros from Hovenweep Sheep. The remainder of the flock is mixed meat breeds.
The sheep feed on grass, grass hay and vegetable protein supplements when needed. They receive sheep mineral and vaccinations. Before weaning lambs have access to creep feed: hay and a grain mix. The lambs’ growth rate exceeds the nutrition in their mothers’ milk.
About two-thirds of our lambs arrive as twins. The twinning trait is partly heritable and is part of our selection criteria. The Churros are more likely to twin than the meat sheep.
Part of the Churro flock
Naturally raised lamb and resilient sheep from the Highlands of Northern New Mexico
© Bart Ellison 2017