The Churra sheep (also known as Spanish Churro) is an ancient Iberian breed of sheep from Zamora province in Castile and León. The ewes produce the milk for Zamorana cheese; the meat is also prized.
The Churra sheep (renamed “churro” by American frontiersmen) was first imported to North America in the 16th century and used to feed Spanish armies and settlers. By the 17th Century, churras were popular with the Spanish settlers in the upper Rio Grande Valley. Flocks of churras were also acquired by Navajo through raids and trading, and soon became an important part of their economy and culture.
- Breed Name: Navajo-Churro
- Other Name: Also called by some other names such as American or Navajo Four-Horned or just Churro for short
- Breed Purpose: Meat and wool
- Breed Size: Medium
- Weight: Ewes weight between 45 and 54 kg, and mature ram’s weight vary from 72 to 90 kg
- Horns: Yes
- Climate Tolerance: Native climates
- Color: Many, but the common colors are blue, black, brown, red, silver, spotted and white
- Rarity: Rare
- Country/Place of Origin: United States
Navajo-Chura Sheep is a domestic sheep breed from the United States. It is also known as some other names such as American or Navajo Four-Horded or only Chun for short. During the Spanish conquest, it arose with the Spanish Chura Ship, which was acquired by Hopes and other Native American nations around the 16th century navies. Sex was originally developed from the cross between Jacob and the Sheep.
During the 16th century, the lambs were first imported in North America, and used to feed the Spanish army and colonists. By the seventeenth century, Churros became popular with the Spanish colonists in Rio Grande Valley. And by trading, some of the Chorus crowds were also acquired by the Navajo.
Navajo-Churro sheep are descended from the Churra sheep, an ancient Iberian breed. Although secondary to the Merino, the Churra (later corrupted to “Churro” by American frontiersmen) was prized by the Spanish for its remarkable hardiness, adaptability and fecundity. The Churra was the very first breed of domesticated sheep in the New World. Its importation to New Spain by the Spanish dates back to the 16th century where it was used to feed and clothe the armies of the conquistadors and Spanish settlers.
Navajo-Churro sheep are a medium sized animal with a narrow body and light bones. They are found in several colors. Their main color includes blue, brown, black, red, silver, spotted and white. They can also appear in different patterns, with badger face pattern are common. They have long legs, and both rams and ewes are usually horned. They may have two or four horns. And the rams can have 2, 4, 6 or even more horns.
The reason for this is that they have a polysaccharide gene, which is also found in old herds like Jacob’s Sheep. They also have fused horns. They have double coated fleece which weighs 4-6 lbs. Provides fine, soft inner coat insulation, and long and coarse outer coat protects the inner coat with dust and dirt while restoring rain and snow. Wool hard work, which makes the process easier.
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