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Dr. Gary Kleppel is a biologist who studies how domesticated animals can be used to improve damaged ecosystems.  <i>Marie Cusick / WMHT</i>
Dr. Gary Kleppel is a biologist who studies how domesticated animals can be used to improve damaged ecosystems. Marie Cusick / WMHT

A shepherd's flock tackles nature's toughest plants

Sheep - and cows and other livestock - can munch through a field in no time. In the process, they can upend the natural distribution of plants in the area.

With the right shepherd, though, it turns out that sheep can bring balance to an ecosystem by eating invasive plants, and do the job of a lawnmower, or an herbicide, without the pollution.

WMHT's Marie Cusick reports for the Innovation Trail.  Go to full article
Roger Hastings of Dickinson Center shears a yearling ewe (Susan Heberling)
Roger Hastings of Dickinson Center shears a yearling ewe (Susan Heberling)

Heard Up North: Sheep shearing a sure sign of spring

In the North Country, we have lots of ways to know when spring has finally sprung. The snow melts, the robins return and sheep get sheared.

Susan Heberling, of Potsdam, captured this season's shave and a haircut in an iconic image that's on our web site right now. It's the photo of the day.

Heberling told Jonathan Brown that--at the moment she snapped the picture--the ewe didn't seem bothered at all as shearer Roger Hastings went about his work.  Go to full article
Warren Mick and Glen: the last step is to get the sheep IN the pen.
Warren Mick and Glen: the last step is to get the sheep IN the pen.

It's dog vs. sheep, with mixed results

Almost any weekend this season, you'll find a gathering of sheep, dogs, and people on some northeastern field. They're here to take a little break, have some fun, and test out their border collies' skills. Kinna Ohman stopped by a sheepdog competition at the Quechee Scottish Festival in Vermont. She sent this audio postcard.  Go to full article
Shearing sheep in 1813
Shearing sheep in 1813

Heard up North: Sheep shearing

When shearing a sheep, each stroke of the shearer is called a "blow." That's an important part of today's Heard Up North, from Lake Placid. That's where the North Country School/Camp Treetops' flock of 12 sheep met their shearer.  Go to full article

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