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There's no way to sugarcoat a diagnosis of Huntington's Disease. When a patient has it, they know they're dying from it.

The nerve disease can't be cured, and it causes mental illness and a host of physical symptoms as it progresses.

Yet there's a potentially promising front in the war on Huntington's: sheep.

Jack Knorek / Oak Moon Farms

Large flocks of sheep are typically found in the Rocky Mountains, California, and Texas.

But there's a growing number of shepherds in Michigan.

There's solid demand for lamb meat from Michigan's ethnic communities. Lamb prices are good. And the farmland in Michigan not suited for traditional crops makes for good pasture.

I visited Jack and Martha Knorek who showed me around their farm during the height of spring lambing season.

The mama ewes were a little camera shy, so unfortunately I didn't get to see a lamb being born. One was born ten minutes before I arrived, and another was born about an hour after I left.