2018 our landrace Churro yarn

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2018 our landrace Churro yarn

30.00

Landrace churro sheep yarn

Limited batch of 10

Hand sheered

Natural color, a blend of all our sheep

Spun in Mora at the Mora Valley spinning mill, the last of it’s kind in New Mexico

Sheep are all grass fed on our pasture of timothy grass, orchard grass, and native grasses

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The Churro is the first domestic sheep of America, originating from the Spanish Churra sheep that came to America in 1540 with the Spanish on the conquest for gold and wove their way into the culture here in the southwest. These sheep for being in the Southwest for so long have adapted to the environment and continued to be a life source for the Navajo people supplying them with food, and fiber.

In 1863, the U.S. Army decimated the Navajo flocks in retribution for continued Indian depredations. In the 1900's further "improvements" and stock reductions were imposed by U.S. agencies upon the Navajo flocks. True survivors were to be found only in isolated villages in Northern New Mexico and in remote canyons of the Navajo Indian Reservation. 

There was success in keeping the old Churro alive, particularly through the work of Dr. McNeal and his Navajo sheep project at Fort Wingate. But the old Churro still faces issues threatening their old genetics,

Currently there is push to modernize the churro, taking away some of their primitive traits, by bulking up the sheep and breeding them to have less primitive fibers. Their fleece has three distinct fibers and is unique in that it is the only fleece that repels moisture as well as shades them in the hot sun. This adaption allowed them to survive such extreme temperature fluctuations. Thier fleece consists of the long coarse outer fiber, inner softer fiber and then they have a small amount of kemp.The fleece also ranges in natural colors unlike most domestic sheep. The churro is special because of these traits that are completely unique and only come from hundreds of years of adaption.

Our stock comes from more primitive “old type” churro, raised by Jennifer Douglas in Silver city who has worked with Dr McNeal in keeping the old type Churro alive. We are excited to continue the work of preserving the old type churro which has such depth of history in New Mexico.