Sheep per acre for brush control

Asked September 25, 2015, 3:32 PM EDT

I have about 3 acres of meadow about 3/4 is grass. I have got 3 St. Croix sheep on it now I have just mowed it. how many sheep would be the minimum recommended to keep the grass down so I wont have to mow. Thanks Ken Fetters

Clackamas County Oregon

1 Response

The average annual stocking rate for the Willamette Valley is three mature ewes per acre. It sounds like you have about 2 acres of pasture so 5-6 sheep of that breed size should keep the grass down but there will not be enough for winter so you may have to supplement. The main period of grass growth in the valley is April-June so you may still have to mow some areas since the stocking rate will be too low for that period of time but about right for the rest of the grazing season.

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