Tuesday, August 11, 2009

sheep and cow grazing patterns

The sheep seem to prefer the shorter grass, closer to the ground. They'll avoid the longer grass in preference for this shorter grass. they like shrubs, too. In particular they've been picking on a patch of willow at the edge of the pasture. So much so that they've stripped all the branches they can reach. I didn't know that sheep ate brush, too.

In order to get to the shorter grass that they prefer, the sheep will often walk directly behind the cattle and eat the shorter grass that's been exposed by the cattle grazing. The cattle prefer the tops of the grass and the seedheads. I think that the sheep feel safer with the cattle, too.

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