Tim Canton wrote:So my main goal in this is to not have to spend hours mowing grass each week. Its a little over an acre of grass and its going to be a little time until I can further develop that area so i am thinking rotated animals in this area will improve the soil as an early succession strategy. I personally like the idea of goats more than sheep but I know they are browsers ans not grazers. I could put them in a place to browse when the grass stop growing but again the grass control is a main goal here. Dairy would be really nice also as wood wool. I suppose meat would be good too but we don't currently eat much lamb so if keeping sheep dairy would trump meat.. We don't want any really big breeds.
Does anyone have breed suggesstions that might fit the above? Shetlands and Babydolls have been recommended to me but I am trying to make an informed decision about it.
I am open to goats/ sheep and we also have chickens we will either run in the same paddock or run them through after the sheep/goats.
Joseph Fields wrote: Sheep are social critters, so you would need a few. I use sheep as mowers myself. This is going to depend how where you are, what kind of solar exposure you have. Price of winter hay and fuel in your area.
mick mclaughlin wrote:
A vegetable garden, or a lawnmower, will consume less overall time then a critter.
I know nothing about sheep, a little about goats. 1 acre aint much, 50 chickens could almost keep it grazed.