THE OLDEST SHEEP BREED

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SPANISH EXPLORERS BROUGHT THE NAVAJO-CHURRO SHEEP TO THE NEW WORLD THIS BEGINNING THEIR STORY. THROUGH TRADES AND RAIDS THE NAVAJO PEOPLE ACQUIRED SHEEP FROM THE EUROPEANS. THEY NURTURED AND CARED FOR THEIR SHEEP AND  LET THEIR FLOCKS GROW. THEY PROSPERED AND BUILT THEIR CULTURE AROUND THEIR SHEEP.

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WHEN AMERICA WAS PLAGUED FOR A DEMAND FOR FINE WOOL AND MEAT TO SUPPLY THE CALIFORNIA GOLD RUSH, AMERICA'S OLDEST BREED OF SHEEP WAS SENT WEST WHERE THEY WERE SLAUGHTERED AND CROSSED WITH FINE WOOL RAMS, SUCH AS MERINOS.

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AS SETTLERS CAME UPON NAVAJO LANDS, THE PEOPLE RESISTED WHICH PROMPTED THE GOVERNMENT TO SEND THEM ON "THE LONG WALK" TO AN INTERNMENT CAMP AT BOSQUE REDONDO, NEW MEXICO WHERE MANY PEOPLE DIED. THE FLOCKS OF SHEEP AND GOATS LEFT BY THE NAVAJOS WERE SLAUGHTERED AND LEFT TO ROT IN THE SUN. ALONG THE WAY TO NEW MEXICO SOME  NAVAJOS ESCAPED AND HID THEIR SHEEP IN REMOTE CANYONS AND VALLEYS. CONSERVATIVES BEGAN COLLECTING THE "ORIGINAL" CHURROS AND BEGAN TO BRING THEM BACK FROM THE BRINK OF EXTINCITION.