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Navajo-Churro Sheep: America’s Oldest Domestic Sheep Breed, Presented by Sam Cunningham of Cunnington Farms

May 17, 2023 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT

Celebrate Heritage Breeds Week with Moab Museum as they highlight the important role of heritage breeds in the history, present, and future of agriculture in Southeastern Utah.

Join us on Wednesday, May 17, 2023, at 11 am and 2 pm for Navajo-Churro Sheep: Oldest Breed of Domestic Sheep in the United States, presented by Sam Cunningham, owner of Cunnington Farms. Learn about the fascinating history and cultural significance of Navajo-Churro Sheep as Sam showcases her flock, a breed deeply intertwined with Navajo culture and beliefs.

Sam Cunningham is a Co-Chair of the Navajo-Churro Sheep Association, a long-time member of the Livestock Conservancy, and a Board Member of the Romeldale/CVM Association. Her flock at Cunnington Farms includes Navajo-Churro, Romeldale/CVM, and Tunis heritage breeds. Sam has 40 years of experience raising sheep, selling breeding stock, and fiber. As Utah Chair of the USDA program Resource, Conservation, and Development, she promotes the use and conservation of Navajo-Churro sheep on the Navajo Nation and chairs the local Castleland Resource Conservation and Development Council, supporting agriculture in the area.

Museum admission is required to attend this event. Moab Museum Members enjoy free admission. To become a member, please visit:


May 17, 2023
11:00 am - 12:00 pm MDT
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