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Walking Cloud Ranch
(Dillon,MT)Walking Cloud Ranch raises Navajo-Churros, a rare and primitive heritage breed of sheep, in the remote Horse Prairie Valley of southwestern Montana. We specialize in organically, ethically and sustainably raised lamb and wool, and also sell a small number of starter flocks (a proven ewe, a yearling ewe, and a proven ram) each year. Our sheep are free range and graze on a variety of native grasses; in the winter their grazing is supplemented with native grass hay grown on the ranch. No pesticides or synthetic fertilizers are used on our pastures, only the fertilizers provided by the sheep themselves, and our sheep are never given antibiotics or growth hormones. The sheep experience very little stress in their lives, and that shows in the quality of the meat and wool. Our sheep are harvested here at the ranch, by a butcher versed in kosher and halaal methods. If you require a particular method of harvest, we are honored to oblige. Navajo-Churro lamb (and even mutton) is known for being lean and tender, without a hint of the "tallow" flavor often found in domestic breeds. Because Churros store their fat mainly around their organs for protection in extreme climates, there is very little streaking, and this lean Churro meat is often recommended by heart specialists to patients who wish to eat meat that is actually good for their hearts. Navajo-Churro wool has long been a favorite of handspinners and weavers.The wool has a long staple, up to 15", and comes in many colors. For an even greater range of natural colors, we dye our wool with vegetal dyes made from native Montana plants and lichens. We welcome visitors (please call ahead) and special orders, and offer free samples to those interested in purchasing meat or wool.
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