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Sheep Managing Vineyards

By   /  November 10, 2014  /  Comments Off on Sheep Managing Vineyards

Sheep, herd dogs, guard dogs, how to manage them and what they cost, shearing and marketing wool, making money, saving money, and helping the environment – this 8-minute, prize-winning video has it all!

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This 8-minute video is the 2014 winner of the American Lamb Boards’ “A Day in the Life  of a Lamb Producer” award.  It describes the work being done by Kaos Sheep Outfit to manage grass weeds and vines in vineyards.  Even if you’re not a sheep producer, it will give you some great ideas about how to put together your kids’ college funds while teaching them the benefits of running livestock, and how thinking outside the box can provide new opportunities for your grazing livestock. What I also like about the video is that it hits all aspects of the operation from the ins and outs of prescribed grazing, to managing herding and guard dogs (did you know that you’ll have almost $1,000 in a guard dog before it even starts guarding sheep?), to producing the wool and sending it off to China.  Last but not least, the vineyard owner touches on how this impacts his bottom line and the environment. It’s a really complete picture!

Enjoy the video.  Share it with folks who might benefit from grazing in a new way.  And “Like” Kaos Sheep Outfit on Facebook to keep up with them in the future.

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About the author

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.

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