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the shearer's dance

This piece was written for Beside Magazine in July, 2019.


With a burly build and broad frame, sheep shearer Mike Schuldt is the very picture of a prototypical Montana rancher.


The art of shearing requires brute strength, and in order to handle a writhing 250-pound animal, toughness is a prerequisite. Schuldt’s wide grin, quick wit, and gregarious nature betray his outward appearance though. He genuinely enjoys his craft which is evident in the care and attention with which he handles each ram and ewe.


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