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Title: The Technology of Medieval Sheep Farming: Some Evidence from Crawley, Hampshire, 1208-1349
Authors: Page, Mark
First Published: 2003
Publisher: British Agricultural History Society
Citation: Agricultural History Review, 2003, 51 (2), pp.137-154
Abstract: Sheep farming was a profitable business for the bishops of Winchester before the Black Death. Evidence from the manor of Crawley demonstrates that investment in the management of the flock peaked in the early fourteenth century. Elsewhere on the estate, improvements in the provision of sires, housing, feeding, medicaments and the labour supply have been shown to impact favourably upon fertility and mortality rates. However, this was not the case at Crawley. Instead, this paper confirms Stone’s view that productivity was determined by conscious decisions taken by demesne managers and argues that their concern in this period was to raise fleece weights.
ISSN: 0002-1490
Type: Article
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