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|NEW MEXICO DAHL SHEEP recognized as
a heritage breed March 2013
New Mexico House of Representatives
House Memorial 77
|HOUSE MEMORIAL 77
51ST LEGISLATURE - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - FIRST SESSION, 2013
INTRODUCED BY Kelly K. Fajardo
RECOGNIZING THE NEW MEXICO DAHL HAIR SHEEP'S INTEGRAL ROLE IN
THE TRADITION AND HERITAGE OF NEW MEXICO COMMUNITIES AND
REQUESTING THE CREATION OF A TASK FORCE TO STUDY WAYS TO
PROTECT AND PRESERVE ALL NEW MEXICO HERITAGE BREEDS OF
WHEREAS, the first domesticated livestock were introduced into what is now the
United States of America through the kingdom of Nuevo Mexico between the years
1540 and 1598, respectively, by Francisco Vásquez de Coronado and Don Juan
de Oñate and company; and,
WHEREAS, Coronado and Oñate contributed to the deeply important Spanish
tradition of ranching; and,
WHEREAS, New Mexico Dahl hair sheep continue to play an integral role in the
tradition and heritage of New Mexico communities; and,
WHEREAS, New Mexico Dahl hair sheep have precipitously declined in number
and are perilously close to extinction; and,
WHEREAS, it is of critical importance to restore the numbers of New Mexico Dahl
hair sheep and bring their population to levels that ensure the future survival of
this heritage breed;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF
THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the house of representatives ask that the New
Mexico Dahl hair sheep be recognized as a New Mexico heritage breed; and,
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a task force be created to study New Mexico's
ranching heritage and make recommendations on prudent measures to protect
and preserve all New Mexico heritage breeds of livestock for future generations of
New Mexicans and that the task force present its findings to the
appropriate legislative interim committee; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the
governor, the director of the New Mexico department of agriculture, New Mexico
wool growers, incorporated, the New Mexico cattle growers' association and the
New Mexico Dahl sheep foundation.