For farm families, spring brings special activities. The "family" at the Ronald V. Jensen Living Historical Farm will take on an important spring chore Saturday, May 11, when it demonstrates historical methods of sheep shearing.
Farm staff member Larry Miller will give demonstrations on the hour, using traditional shearing clippers rather than modern electric shearing devices.Birdie Brown, a member of the farm's staff, said many Utah families raised sheep, using the animals for food and selling the wool to large woolen mills.
Brown said Miller will shear a number of Suffolk sheep Saturday. Suffolks are a modern breed and smooth-skinned, making them easier to shear than their wrinkle-skinned cousins, the Rambolliets, that make up the farm's flock.
While the farm owns a hand-cranked, mechanical shearer, Miller uses shears that produce a better quality fleece.
The Jensen Living Historical Farm is located six miles southwest of Logan on U.S. 89-91 and is operated by Utah State University.
The farm is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is $5 for families, $2 for adults, $1 for students and senior citizens and 50 cents for children under 12. A season pass for families is available for $20. For more information, call 2454064.