Thursday, 7 July 2011

Doing double duty

People sometimes ask us why we keep sheep. Especially people who know a thing or two about the economics of livestock nowadays. When we were young and naive (4 years ago) we imagined that sheep farming would be a bigger part of our farming business than it is today. Although we have kept our flock small, what they contribute to our farming operation is substantial. By using a portable electric fence, our sheep keep the areas around the gardens clean and free of weed seeds. They consume perennial grasses and even swamp grass, nettles, small trees and weeds of all sorts, and turn them into a valuable, high-nitrogen fertilizer.You can't ask for a better deal than that.