NAVAJO-CHURRO LAMB PACKAGE, 18lb, America's oldest livestock — All cuts are individually packed
Southwest Navajo-Churro Lamb Package 18lb, each cut is individually packaged Shepherd's Lamb, Tierra Amarilla, NM
Humanely raised on pasture
100% antibiotic free
Shepherded by Antonio Manzanares in the Navajo Nation
Heritage lamb has tremendous marbling resulting in a more tender, exquisite and juicy meat
The Najavo-Churro lamb is remarkably tender – even cuts like the shoulder and legs that sometimes call for braising can be roasted and served medium rare like the loin chops or the rib rack. Truly, these animals are a reflection of the ground upon which they were raised, one-hundred percent free range, raised in Navajo Country and in the mountains of New Mexico. There is very little hay feeding in the winter, as they are grazed at lower elevations, producing an herbaceous and savory flavor.
This package includes:
One rack of lamb One leg of lamb Two shanks One shoulder Denver rib Loin chops Offal or neck Every part of a half lamb is packaged in its own individual cryo-vac.
The Incredible Story of the Navajo Churro: Oldest Domesticated American Livestock Breed, Shepherded in the Navajo Tradition Heritage Foods USA is proud to feature Navajo Churro lamb, a giant step in saving this rare and exquisite breed and introducing America’s first domesticated livestock to a new generation of chefs and food connoisseurs.
One Of The Most Storied Animals In American History – Nearly Eradicated By The United States Government The Churro, America’s first domesticated sheep, were brought to America from Spain by by Francisco Coronado in 1540. The Sheep were bred largely for food for the explorers and the missionaries who followed them throughout the region that is now Mexico and the southwestern United States. By 1807 a single flock of Spanish sheep could number 20,000. Churro sheep quickly found their way into the hands of Native Americans.
In the 1860s, the Navajo-Churro sheep population was nearly destroyed as part of the United States government’s efforts to punish the Navajo people who resisted the new wave of Western settlers who were moving onto their land. The government ordered the military to destroy Navajo orchards and flocks.
The Return of the Navajo Churro Heritage Foods, in cooperation with John Sharpe, a pioneer in the preservation or rare breeds and the chef at the Turquoise Room at La Posada hotel — a gorgeously restored train station in Winslow, Arizona — is working to bring this breed back to the American market.
Shepherding: The Second Oldest Profession These animals are a reflection of the ground upon which they were raised. Heritage Foods Churro lamb is all true free range, raised on the Navajo reservation, or in the mountains of New Mexico, and herded in the traditional style. There is very little hay feeding in the winter, as they are grazed at lower elevations.
Antonio Manzanares is one of the few shepherds left breeding Navajo Churro. “We trail thru the mountains in the summer and back in winter. They can get a little wild, but they herd well."