Colorado Farmer Works To Ensure Diversity In Rare Sheep Breed

A Black Welsh Mountain ram at a farm near Paonia, Colo. Credit Laura Palmisano / KVNF

A rare breed of sheep is being raised in the hills of western Colorado.

Unlike the millions of white sheep found across the country, these animals are completely black and hail from the United Kingdom.

They number fewer than 10,000 worldwide. So one Colorado farmer is working with federal researchers and fellow producers to ensure the breed’s genetic diversity.

This story was produced by Laura Palmisano at KVFN in Paonia, CO.