Local rancher holds shearing demonstration for students


October 8, 2021

Butch Nies shears one of his sheep during a demonstration he hosted for local students on September 22. Nies estimates that he has sheared close to 75,000 sheep in his lifetime.

On September 22nd, Mike and Cheryl Schuldt came to Ekalaka to assist local Butch Nies in hosting a sheep shearing demonstration. Mike Schuldt has been shearing for 33 years and has traveled all over the world doing so, including trips to New Zealand and Australia.

A timed event in Fredricksburg, Texas is also on the list of places where he has shorn. At the event, he sheared a sheep of around 100 pounds in 37 seconds, two seconds slower than the winning time.

Butch and Carole Nies have ran sheep for about 65 years outside of Ekalaka. Butch originally began showing interest in shearing as a...

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