Date of Award:

5-1956

Document Type:

Thesis

Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)

Department:

Applied Economics

Advisor/Chair:

George T. Blanch

Abstract

The sheep industry of Utah bee an about the middle of the nineteenth century when the Mormon pioneers came to Utah. The first sheep in Utah were of Merino breeding kept primarily for wool production. These breeds were descendants of the early Merino sheep from Spain and were probably introduced into this country by Spanish explores. Sheep are produced to provide food and fiber in Utah. Utah's climate, topography, and natural vegetation are conducive to sheep production. Sheep do well in semi-arid climates and can economically harvest the natural vegetation on land not suited to crop production. Utah has large acreages of land of this nature and is, therefore, an important sheep producing state.

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