Preserving livestock under threat

Preserving livestock under threat

Sunshine Farm works to revive Navajo-Churro sheep
Cindy Dvergsten, co-owner of Arriola Sunshine Farms, feeds her Navajo-Churro sheep a treat. The sheep, a threatened breed, are descendants from Spanish sheep, but through the centuries, they have adapted to the arid Southwest and are able to live on rangeland. They have many qualities to offer a small producers like Dvergsten and her husband, Mike Rich. The couple has about 50 head on their 5 acres in the Lewis-Arriola area.
Cindy Dvergsten, co-owner of Arriola Sunshine Farms, with a Navajo-Churro hide. The sheep have many qualities to offer a small producers like Dvergsten and her husband, Mike Rich. The couple have about 50 head on their 5 acres in the Lewis-Arriola area.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal

A lamb nurses from his mother. The unique colors of the Navajo-Churro are sought after to make rugs.

Preserving livestock under threat

Cindy Dvergsten, co-owner of Arriola Sunshine Farms, feeds her Navajo-Churro sheep a treat. The sheep, a threatened breed, are descendants from Spanish sheep, but through the centuries, they have adapted to the arid Southwest and are able to live on rangeland. They have many qualities to offer a small producers like Dvergsten and her husband, Mike Rich. The couple has about 50 head on their 5 acres in the Lewis-Arriola area.
Cindy Dvergsten, co-owner of Arriola Sunshine Farms, with a Navajo-Churro hide. The sheep have many qualities to offer a small producers like Dvergsten and her husband, Mike Rich. The couple have about 50 head on their 5 acres in the Lewis-Arriola area.
Sam Green/Cortez Journal

A lamb nurses from his mother. The unique colors of the Navajo-Churro are sought after to make rugs.
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