The Cultural History and Future of Sheep Farming in the High Country

ASU Author/Contributor (non-ASU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Tracy Turner Jarrell (Creator)
Appalachian State University (ASU )
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Christof den Biggelaar

Abstract: From agricultural development theories, literature research, and interviews with community members that raised sheep, I have attempted to piece together a cultural history surrounding sheep in the High Country. By describing the past during the height of sheep production during the 1930s and 1940s, one can view the community structure and reasons why sheep production was so popular. Reasons for the decline in sheep are discussed. I seek to determine the viability of raising sheep in the High Country today, applying lessons from the past and encouraging the use of new alternative and emerging markets in innovative ways.

Additional Information

Jarrell, T.T. (2011). The Cultural History and Future of Sheep Farming in the High Country. Unpublished master’s thesis. Appalachian State University, Boone, NC.
Language: English
Date: 2011
Farming , Agricultural development, Sheep, Wool , Niche markets