wool

Reviving local wool
6:36 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Spinning a local yarn in Colorado

Lorrae Moon of Yampa Valley Fiberworks coils alpaca fiber into a neat stack.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

Northwestern Colorado has a rich heritage of raising sheep – either for their meat or for wool. But for decades the sheep herd, not just in Colorado, but nationally, has been slipping in numbers, outdone by countries like New Zealand and Australia.

Where there’s been a resurgence though has been in local, niche markets. Some sheep ranchers have taken advantage of the local food movement to sell to customers at farmers markets and through community supported agriculture models.   

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Beaten by Beef
8:24 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

The long, slow decline of the U.S. sheep industry

Credit Tatiana Bulyonkova / flickr commons

Over the last 20 years, the number of sheep in this country has been cut in half. In fact, the number has been declining since the late 1940s, when the American sheep industry hit its peak. Today, the domestic sheep herd is one-tenth the size it was during World War II.

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