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John Balderson, owner of Balderson Shearing Co. in Council, Idaho, demonstrates the art of sheep shearing Saturday at the Sheep Folklife Fair at Roberta McKercher Park in Hailey. Sheep grow wool all year, requiring most breeds to get sheared at least once annually, preferably prior to lambing. In a 10-month period, Balderson shears 30,000 sheep and his three-man “trailer” accounts for a total of 80,000 shearings during that same period. A busy day consists of 150 lambs sheared and as many as 28 in a one-hour span. Many aspects of sheep ranching were on display at the fair, part of the annual Trailing of the Sheep Festival. Photo by Willy Cook



Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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