Prescribed grazing with sheep is an excellent way to defoliate overgrown vegetation in areas that are too steep, rough, or wooded to mow, and it is an environmentally friendly alternative to the use of herbicides. In a surprisingly short time property is restored to a manageable conditions they consume almost everything green within browse height (about 4.5 feet). Of course, continued maintenance using grazing or other means will be required to manage regrowth of vegetation.
Cost: Yes, we do small projects with a minimum job cost of $600 in the Atlanta area ($400 around Athens). Very generally the cost will work out to about $1200-$1800 per acre depending on distance, fencing required, and and vegetation type and amount.
What You Can Expect:
The sheep will eat everything green (with only a few exceptions including vinca, azalea, Virginia creeper, wisteria, and sometimes a few of the English ivy leaves on the ground). Vines on the trees will need to be cut but this is quick and easy once the sheep have removed the leaves up to 5 feet (ask if you want us to do this for you). English ivy will require at least one repeat grazing pass or other treatment to be killed but it is very much slowed down following one defoliation. Kudzu will require several precisely timed passes to kill the taproot. The amount of sunlight and other factors will determine how fast the vegetation grows back.
How Long It Will Take: As a rough rule of thumb, on heavily overgrown property, 20 sheep will defoliate an acre up to browse height in 10–14 days, depending on what is there. A stocking rate to produce the desired results within 3 to 14 days is optimal. Sheep can be moved from one area to another on larger projects.
Can I have sheep on my property? You may want to check your local ordinances to be sure, but we have worked in Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Walton, Clarke, Stone Mountain, Gainesville, and others with no permit or problem. It is a good idea to advise neighbors that the sheep will be there temporarily to do a job and (where appropriate) to please be sure their dogs do not harass them.
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