Dipping Sheep at Fish Creek

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1982
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
ID 325496
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Title Dipping Sheep at Fish Creek
Description The mangy disease of scabies or sheep scab had ran rampant throughout the west. This was caused by a parasitic mite that burrows under the skin and causes massive scabrlous lesions or scabs. This could be controlled by dipping the infected sheep in a solution containing a chemical fatal to the mites. We used Kreso dip in a water solution to do the job. The dip also killed sheep ticks which live on blood they suck from sheep through their barbed proboscis. Sheep-dipping was big business in the early 1900ls be-cause scabies was so widespread. Several other dipping corrals were located on and around the Manti Forest area, and hundreds of others were distributed over all the ranges where sheep were grazed throughout the western states. In May, 1904, Animal Inspector D. C. Haniwalt of the U. S. Department of Agriculture made a trip to the Manti Forest. He ordered that all sheep must be dipped each year before they could enter the Manit Forest Reserve for grazing. This in- eluded more than 200,000 sheep which were allowed to graze on the Manti Forest at that time. Most sheep had been dipped before then, but many sheep owners resented the direct order to dip their sheep. Most sheepmen agreed to dip, but some who refused to comply with Inspector Haniwalt's order were expelled from grazing on the Forest. The Fish Creek dipping corral was located at the mouth of "C " Canyon on Fish Creek in a northern part of the Manti Forest. All of the sheep herds ranging in the vicinity were dipped in turn by prearranged schedule. As they trailed to and from the corral, the location of each herd was marked by the clouds of dust they raised. The unaccustomed trailing resulted in several of the herds getting mixed with others, which made it necessary to corral and separate the mixed herds. The improvements included a large log corral with several pens which led into a tapering chute, then to the sunken wooden dipping vat with two drain pens at the end; and two large log cabins, one a bunkhouse for the crew, and the other a cook-shack and cook's quarters. Two large, open, rectangular iron tanks were mounted on stone abutments high enough so log fires underneath could heat water for the dipping. A ditch around a sidehill brought water from "C " Canyon for use of the camp and to fill the dipping vat. A waste pond below the vat was designed to impound the used dipping solution to keep it out of the creek and prevent pollution. -100-
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Source Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 14
Setname snowc_sts
Date Created 2005-02-19
Date Modified 2005-02-19
ID 325365
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