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The Spanish introduced sheep to Ecuador in the early 16th century. Nearly 500 years later, the animals there now look nothing like their ancestors. The Andean Criollo sheep are tough yet small. They produce very little meat and the quality of their wool is poor. 

I was able to get a grant and purchased 40 purebred Merino from New Zealand. I gave five to each of the eight schools in the Parroqia. I then did a number of classes on small animal husbandry. At the end of the year, the top graduates received the sheep on the condition that they 1) keep them in the community and 2) allow them to be bred. (All of the sheep were machos or males.) 

Here are three of the valedictorians.   



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“Sunset at the Railroad” by PCV Nicholas Baylor Hall. Namibia, 2011.