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This spring, Capital Press got a question from a reader who raises Rambouillet and Merino sheep in Eastern Oregon: “Why are wool prices so low?”

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A bag of Coopworth wool.

The answer is both simple and complex. The simple answer is the global wool market faces oversupply and sagging demand.

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Maria Rooney with one of her favorite ewes.

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Brent Roeder shears a sheep.

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Lisa Surber on a sheep farm.

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Peter Orwick, executive director of the American Wool Council.

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Left to right: Shetland, Romney and Suffolk wool.

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Bags of wool in a Pendleton Woolen Mills warehouse.

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Wool pellets, which Wild Valley Farms sells as fertilizer.

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