BeefTalk: Cattle, So Why Not Sheep, Too?

BeefTalk: Cattle, So Why Not Sheep, Too?

Kris Ringwall, Beef Specialist, NDSU Extension Service

Previous discussions in this column noted sheep can be stocked on a cattle operation at the rate of one cow, one ewe without a negative impact on grazing. In fact, ecological advantages certainly result when cattle and sheep (and perhaps even goats) cohabitate on grasslands. However, suggesting that option usually produces some simple stares, and perhaps a shrug or two, and life continues. Occasionally, a verbal response, generally negative, is generated despite the historical data that show such a decision would be beneficial to the grasslands and positive to the checkbook.

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