Saturday, February 21, 2009


I noticed these sheep in a field off NM Route 314 late yesterday afternoon. As usual I did not have my telephoto lens with me, so the photo is not the greatest. The sheep look small, and backlit by the sun due to the time of day, some of the sheep look black. However, I assure you that the only black sheep to be seen there yesterday was me.

My visit to the museum yesterday impressed upon me just how important sheep were to the development of the county. We generally think of Arizona, Texas and New Mexico as being big cattle ranching area, and they were. But the sheep raising industry was also vitally important; the were raised primarily for wool, but also for their meat, mutton. And today, long past the era of the 'wild west,' sheep are still an important part of Valencia County's and New Mexico's economy. I have seen several unusual animals in fields around the county. Llamas, for example. Also, one farmer has 2 mules that were crossbred with zebras, producing a striped jackass. Weird. I'll try to get a photo of them someday.

1 comment:

Mandy said...

Sheep are so often underrated.