British newcomers to the American colonies would have been well acquainted with sheep farming. According to Charlie Caldwell, seventy-five percent of the British economy was based on the sheep and wool industry when Charleston was taking root. The enterprise transferred to the emerging colonies, and it is estimated that by the era of the Civil War there were over 350,000 sheep in the state of South Carolina. By 1942 there were approximately 56 million sheep in the United States, but the population declined over the next forty years with changes in the market and demand for wool. By 1980, it is estimated there were only 12 million sheep being raised in the US. In its own way, Ovis Hill Farm is playing a part in reestablishing what was once a thriving livestock trade in the Carolinas.
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Sandlapper Article (PDF): Farming as a Passion
Clemson Extension: Sheep Production PDF