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2/6/2013 9:45:00 AM
Navajo-Churro sheep add spring lambs at Chino Valley Ag Center
Students prepare for district FFA competition day Feb. 13
Review/Matt SantosCasey Farnsworth shows off one of the new Navajo Churro lambs, just 12 hours old, in the Chino Valley High School FFA program. The new lamb is one of many born this past week at the Cooper Ag Center, home of the CVHS FFA.
Review/Matt Santos
Casey Farnsworth shows off one of the new Navajo Churro lambs, just 12 hours old, in the Chino Valley High School FFA program. The new lamb is one of many born this past week at the Cooper Ag Center, home of the CVHS FFA.

Matt Santos

After just a few months at the Cooper Ag Center, the Navajo-Churro sheep family is growing fast as the woolies welcomed in a dozen new lambs to the fold.

The Canyon Wren Ranch near Winkelman, Ariz., donated 15 head of the sheep to the Chino Valley High School Future Farmers of America program in August 2012.

Known for their exceptional wool and high-quality meat, the Navajo-Churro were "a great addition to our stock," said Casey Farnsworth, CVHS FFA instructor. He is looking to welcome in several more head in the next few weeks.

The Navajo-Churro sheep program is just one of the many ongoing projects for the FFA students, including a new chicken processing class.

"This chicken project is a really big deal for us," said Farnsworth. "I have nine kids who have bought into the program, paying $80 a piece to buy feed and chicks. We get them sent in at one day old and we raise them for eight to nine weeks, and then butcher them here at the Ag center. These chickens, a hybrid Jumbo Cornish chicken, are quite a bit larger than the standard chicken and grow in about seven weeks."

The CVHS FFA program will get a chance to showcase its talents by hosting the district FFA competition on Feb. 13, with contests at the Cooper Ag Center, Perkinsville Meats, and the Chino Valley Yavapai College campus on Old Home Manor.

The day will feature contests in ag mechanics, meat evaluation, livestock, range management, entomology, and horse evaluation.

Competing schools include Mingus Union, Mayer, Kingman, Peoria, Buckeye, Millennium, and the AAEC charter school in Prescott Valley.

A separate equine and livestock evaluation competition will take place on Friday, Feb. 15, also at Cooper Ag Center.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Article comment by: Donna Norris

Congratulations on a great program. A suggestion: When I was traveling in Missouri, I came across a market that had a section of locally raised and butchered meat from the local 4-H and FFA. I would sure like to support the local kids in this manner.

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