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Sheep Managing Vineyards


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!

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Kathy Voth
I am the founder, editor and publisher of On Pasture, now retired. My career spanned 40 years of finding creative solutions to problems, and sharing ideas with people that encouraged them to work together and try new things. From figuring out how to teach livestock to eat weeds, to teaching range management to high schoolers, outdoor ed graduation camping trips with fifty 6th graders at a time, building firebreaks with a 130-goat herd, developing the signs and interpretation for the Storm King Fourteen Memorial trail, receiving the Conservation Service Award for my work building the 150-mile mountain bike trail from Grand Junction, Colorado to Moab, Utah...well, the list is long so I'll stop with, I've had a great time and I'm very grateful.