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April 14, 2014

Sheep Week on the Podcast

lambThe podcast gets in on the Sheep Week fun today with this 2009 interview with the inimitable Elaine Shirley. As manager of Rare Breeds, she oversees the flock’s new arrivals each spring.

Shirley’s joy in lambing is evidenced in her enthusiasm and longevity on the job, but there’s a serious side, too. More than representing a historic animal, preserving rare breeds protects an important piece of genetic diversity.

Says Shirley, “No matter where you live in the United States — and even around the world — folks are starting to realize that genetic diversity of livestock that our grandparents and great-grandparents developed for us really needs to be preserved. Look around and find some breeders of rare livestock and promote them. Go to them and buy wool, buy milk, buy meat.”

Listen now to this week’s show.

Follow #SheepWeek on Twitter, and visit history.org each day this week for new stories and activities about Colonial Williamsburg’s famous sheep.


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  1. We feed a lamb as an Easter gift rather candy. WB offered a great opportunity with that donation program. Congratulations!!!!!!!