Some areas of the world still rely on small sheep farms for ecoomic and cultural survival according to Dr. Lyle McNeal, professor of animal science at Utah State University who has worked with Navajo and Churro sheep farms for economic and cultural survival. Dr. McNeal will be the featured speaker Saturday at the USU Museum of Anthropology, speaking at 1 p.m. on “Agriculatural Impact: The Domestication of Animals.” He is currently working with Iraqi sheep raisers to help them establish a stronger sheep industry. Museum Program Coordinator Melissa Allen says Dr McNeal’s work has been vital to the sustainability of numerous populations. In addtion to McNeal’s lecture, the Museum of Anthropology will feature a new exhibit related to his work with Churro sheep. The exhibit highlights traditional Navajo weaving, a skill passed on to younger generations by women.
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