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The Enthusiasts: The sheep shearer
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Doug Rathke starts with the belly of this lamb. The wool from the underside is less valuable than the wool from the rest of the body. (MPR Photo/Steve Nelson)

Hutchinson, Minn. — Doug Rathke turned his enthusiasm into a living. Doug Rathke shears sheep for a living and competes in shearing competitions around the country and abroad. In the latest edition of our series, The Enthusiasts, Minnesota Public Radio's Steve Nelson pays a visit to Doug Rathke's farm near Hutchinson and meets Rathke, his sheep, and his electric clippers in a big white sheering barn.

In June, Doug Rathke represented the United States in Scotland at the Golden Shears World Championship. His team finished 11th out of 21 countries competing.

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