Ouessant sheep are ideal for maintaining vineyard, orchard, and other agricultural settings. They eat down weeds, grasses, and invasive shrubbery such as blackberry, poison oak, and coyote brush (please note: they eat the leaves off of shrubs, laying the vines bare to be cut away-- they do not eat grapevines, nor the grapevine rootstock). At the same time, their delicate hooves don't damage the soil structure, but rather break it up enough to prevent a sealed cap from developing, they are natural tillers. Their manure increases water retention and carbon sequestration capacities of the soil. The sheep are rotated from area to area, mowing down unwanted vegetation, pruning tree branches to about 4' - 5' from the ground, leaving alone the vines from dormant grapevines, and leaving behind a balanced ratio of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium for soil health (makes you wonder how that ratio of nutrients developed in the first place!) During off seasons from vineyards & orchards, the sheep are available for rangeland and/or other grassland management. All fencing and equipment are provided. We use a simple solar-powered electric fence to keep the sheep in and the predators out.
Interested in using your own flock of sheep or the possibility for using sheep and/or livestock on your property? Also included in consultations are references to breeders, vet services, shearing services, native grass restoration, and carbon planning.
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What can you do with your raw wool? Where do you process it? How do you market it? How do you buy it from local ranchers? Wool consultations can help orient you to becoming a participant in the local wool economy. CGP can help you sell your wool for a better price.
Grazing services start at $125/acre and vary according to situational factors. Labor and equipment costs are included. Consulting ranges from $75/visit for personal projects to $125/visit for businesses.