Shorn down, growing back: Woolgrowers eye opportunity

WIND RIVER RANGE FOOTHILLS-Kristy Wardell dawned rain gear though the skies were clear.

The lifelong rancher was dressed in protective garb to guard against manure and urine that 366 ewes and 442 lambs had discharged along the wheeled journey around the Winds. On her hands and knees, the 59-year-old crawled into the bowels of a big rig she'd driven to flush out the animals, which will summer on Jim Magagna's pasture land along the banks of Lander Creek.

Not used to being trucked, the band "had an attitude" and were tough to budge. "These sheep I have trouble with every spring," Wardell said.

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