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David Sparks Ph.d Sheep Shearing Time
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Idaho Ag Today
Date: March 29, 2017

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Over 4,000 sheep at running through sheering sheds at Soulen ranch outside of Emmett. Its been one of the toughest years on record according to Harry Soulen, but he says they made it through the winter and are looking forward to summer and greener pastures.

"We’re sheering right at 4500 hundred head of sheep here in Letha and we’re in the second day of sheering and the sheering crew are getting through about 800 head a day," said Soulen.

Soulen says they usually run about 10-thousand head but changing times have forced reduction of livestock on the range.

"Its a reduction of what we used to sheer, we used to sheer about 10-thousand head of ewes and yearlings, but with the lost of summer range due to the bighorn situation, this is the herd size we’re limited to. because its the whole piece of the pie and if you have a portion of one thing it affectts your whole operation, so we’re down to where we can only run about 4500 sheep," said Soulen.

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