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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Rare Heritage Shropshire Sheep Need Our Help!

Ms. Jones preserves and breeds the rare heritage Shropshire Sheep.
She raises the rare heritage breed at no profit in a bid to protect the bloodlines tracing back to some of the first sheep on Canadian shores.

'The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has elected to destroy a healthy flock of rare heritage breed Shropshire sheep at Wholearth Farmstudio, a Northumberland County farm that conserves heritage livestock genetics. If the 44 animals are killed, the breed will be several steps closer to extinction with only 107 registered breeding females, 38 ewe lambs and 16 rams remaining in Canada. At one time the Shropshire was the preferred sheep breed in North America, with over a half a million registered animals. The Wholearth flock bloodlines trace back to their 1882 descendants by way of the first Shropshire sheep imported here from England at the turn of the century. Heritage breed farmer/shepherd Montana Jones has spent the last 12 years preserving their rare genetics and is alarmed that despite lab results proving her entire flock tested negative for scrapie, CFIA officials have decided to ‘depopulate’ all of her beloved QQ genotyped sheep.'
~from the website Shropshiresheep.org 

They did kill over 70 of her sheep last year. But, they still have her farm quarantined, (depriving her of her livelihood) and are keeping her in a huge legal battle. She is in a fight for her sheep's lives, her farm and the preservation of a heritage breed. This will happen again and again if something isn't changed. She needs our help! Please click on the links and read what is happening. Pass them along, spread the word. Sign the petition and send funds if you can to help. It's a worthy cause on so many levels. Thank You!

Photo by Montana Jones
Learn about the breed @ShropshireSheep.Org

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Peggy Ann


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