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Old 06-06-2008, 12:10 PM
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Could sheep replace the lawnmower?


http://www.straightdope.com/columns/080606.html

Having read the article and thought about the problems Cecil pointed out, it seems to me that the main problem is that for any likely sized urban lawn, a sheep is simply too large a grazer. I'm not sure how small ruminants come- maybe a pygmy goat? Or if rabbits can sustain themselves mostly on coarse grass. But definitely it would be better to have greater numbers of something much smaller. You could fine tune the balance of grazers to living space much better, and if they bred prolificly you could reduce your herd to a small reserve of breeders over the winter and have them repopulate in the spring.
 

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