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Best animal to "mow" lawn? Need suggestions please!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by minnesotachicken, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. minnesotachicken

    minnesotachicken In the Brooder

    May 25, 2010
    South Metro
    We have 5 acres- way too much lawn to mow! I'd like to get an animal(s) to graze and keep the grass down. Preferably low maintainance- no horses! Thanks all!
  2. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I have a similar situation, and want to get some hair sheep. I love goats, but they can be hard to contain, and I don't want any escapees while I'm at work. I'm going to start working on fencing and maybe get a calf hut for shelter. I am SO tired of mowing every week!
  3. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    A couple of sheep will take the grass down really well. Goats prefer brush and won't eat the grass unless they've exhausted all the brush. Personally, I'd go for a mini donkey - they'll protect your chickens from predators.
  4. Olive Hill

    Olive Hill Crowing

    Apr 19, 2009
    Geese, cattle, sheep and hogs are all good choices.
  5. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Songster

    Jun 6, 2010
    Knoxville, Tn
    The 3 mini donkeys down the street from me cant keep the small 2 acre lot their in eaten down. So I dont think one can keep 5 acres eaten down...
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2010
  6. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Songster

    Apr 26, 2009
    Well, you wouldn't want just one of any animal anyways.
  7. 1_FnkyFrm

    1_FnkyFrm Songster

    Jun 6, 2010
    Knoxville, Tn
    Well 3 cant keep 2 acres eaten so its going to take more than that to keep 5 acres eaten.......
  8. Andi

    Andi Songster

    I was going to suggest human teenager. Give them a few bucks each mowing and you're good to go. You don't have to feed them or fence them in. You also don't have to worry about the accumulated manure because humans won't poo as they're mowing. But that's just what I'd do. There's always area kids looking for a few extra bucks for spending. Keeps them out of trouble, too.

    Another idea (which is one on my wish lists) is to turn it into a pick-your-own berry patch and let people come and pay you to pick berries.
  9. bagendhens

    bagendhens Songster

    Mar 29, 2009
    Outside the Boundries
    sheep...best lawnmowers in creation, go with hair sheep for easy keeping, ive got plans to geep a trio of southdowns in an orchard when i finally get my place, theyll take care of the grass so i dont have to worry about mowing around trees!
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    You'd still have to mow, because unless they are heavily stocked, the sheep will only eat the things they like, and leave the weeds to grow

    Also, some ornamental plants such as Azaleas are poisonous.
    If you leave them on the yard all the time, they will eat it down to the point of killing the grass.
    If you DON'T leave them on it all the time, you'll need seperate pasture and supplemental feed.

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