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
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Date Created 2005-03-01
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Title Dipping Sheep at Fish Creek
Description DIPPING SHEEP AT FISH CREEK James L. Jacobs 1052 Darling Street Ogden, UT 84403 Senior Citizen Division First Place Historical Essay Dipping sheep at the Fish Creek dipping corral on the Manti Forest in the summer of 1917 was a noisy operation. The frantic bleating of ewes hunting for their lost lambs, the clanging of sheep bells, men shouting and shaking their tin-cans -on-a-wire sheep scarers, and the barking of the sheep dogs as they drove sheep into the corral chute were sounds that could be heard all up and down Fish Creek. Driving the sheep through the chute was a specialized job. Many of the ewes had been dipped in previous years, so they knew what to expect and resisted so vigorously that they had to be almost carried along the chute. But the skill and energy of the corral workers and the efficient sheep dogs forced the ewes through. When they approached the sloping metal slide in the floor of the chute, many of the ewes tried to jump across it. But it was too long to jump over, so they always hit the slide, then slid sideways under a canvas curtain and plopped into the dip-filled vat. The sheep swan to the far end of the vat and climbed up a cleat-lined runway into one of the two draining pens. These pens were made with leak-proof floors which were tilted so the dip solution that drained off the sheep flowed back into the vat to be used again and minimize the loss. When one of the draining pens was filled with sheep, the gate was closed and the sheep coming from the vat vere diverted into the second pen while the first pen drained. The pens were used alter-nately until the full herd had been dipped. Then the sheep were turned out on the range where each ewe could find her lamb, or "mother-up," as the sheepherders say. My job was to see that each sheep was fully covered with dip. Most of them were immersed in the dipping solution when they slid into the vat, but the heads of sons were still dry. As they swan along the vat I placed a long-handled dunking tool over their necks and dunked those that needed dunking to get them wet. -99-
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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 325364
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