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Darkness. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
It's still dark when the trucks rolled through the muck on Sublette Flat to reach the loading corrals, ready to haul off the 2007 lamb crop for finishing in California.

Loading. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
The first of the Arambel family's wether lambs make their way up the chute and onto the truck.
Shipping the 2007 lamb crop
by Cat Urbigkit, Pinedale Online!
October 7, 2007

After an all-night rain, Sublette Flat was muddy Saturday
morning, but that couldn't stop the big trucks from rolling
in to an ancient set of shipping pens with a scale house,
as the Arambel family prepared to ship the 2007 wether lamb crop.

Normally a place of peace and quiet, with grazing animals
and a few sheepherders the only inhabitants, on Saturday,
there were more than a dozen people present, scurring
around the pens. Herders converged with the lambs,
ranch owners, lamb buyers, truckers, inspectors - there
was plenty of action.

Everything went off without a hitch, and several thousand
lambs were loaded within a couple of hours.

Photos by Cat Urbigkit

Thousands. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Saturday's shipping resulted in several thousand head of wether lambs leaving the region.

Herder. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Sheepherders from Nepal tend sheep in western Wyoming, and help to push the sheep through the pens and onto trucks Saturday morning.

Up Chute. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Up Chute
The lambs are pushed up the loading chute and onto the awaiting trucks.

Healthy lamb crop. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Healthy lamb crop
This year's lambs are fat and healthy.

Recording weight. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Recording weight
Ben Arambel records the weight of each group of lambs as they go across the scale.

Buyer. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Lamb buyer Jay Longhurst of Idaho keeps careful tally of the number and weights of lambs he purchases.

Inspectors. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Brand inspector Gary Zakotnik and veterinarian Tripp Applequist, both from Farson, are on hand to inspect the sheep as they are being processed.

Counting off the scale. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Counting off the scale
Everybody gathers at the gate to count the lambs as they exit the scalehouse.

Evasive lamb. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Evasive lamb
A herder uses dogs to ease a wayward lamb back to the loading pens.

Arambel men. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Arambel men
Ben and Pete Arambel supervise Saturday's shipping.

Ewes away. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Ewes away
Once the lambs are sorted off the ewes, the mothers are released to go back to the range, under the watchful eyes of their livestock guardian dogs.

Modes of transport. Photo by Cat Urbigkit.
Modes of transport
Two completely different ways of life and transport come together on the sheep range.
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