Bernalillo County dedicates new home for heritage sheep

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A group of sheep important to New Mexico’s past has a new home in the South Valley.

Bernalillo County officials hosted a ribbon cutting for a small herd of New Mexico Dahl Sheep at the Hubbell-Gutierrez House Saturday.

The New Mexico Dahl Sheep is recognized as the state’s only breed of heritage sheep. They first came to New Mexico in the 16th century, but the population had dwindled in recent years and nearly went extinct.

Donald Chavez, who owns the herd now living at the Hubbell-Gutierrez House and has been trying to save the breed, says having the new enclosure is key to keeping these sheep alive.

“It’s very important that we’re able to preserve our culture through the livestock through the language and this is one little piece of living history that was almost lost,” said Chavez.

The county announced it’s hosting a baby shower for a baby lamb born on the property last month. There’s also a naming contest. For more information, go to provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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