Friday, May 27, 2011

Electric Fencing but no Pasture and a Contest

We haven't mowed that lawn yet this year and we don't plan on it either. Notice the electric netting in the background? Until we can create real pastures that backyard has to double as one.

The grass is deep and lush, just perfect for the sheep to eat down. What is not shown here are the parts of the yard that the sheep ate a bit too close last year, they still haven't quite bounced back yet.

The girls just loved it, loved it. I feel so bad that the pastures aren't ready yet - the fences still need to be put up. Notice Gardenia is almost fully roo'ed, yet none of the other girls are even shedding yet.

Avalon really enjoyed eating the dandelions. To think we used to try to eradicate those delicious plants out of the yard, what were we thinking?

The lambs are growing fast and grazing like pro's. They still like their mothers milk but small tastes of grain and lush grass have widened their appetites.

Chip is in a contest for a calendar cover, follow the link below and vote for the picture you like best (Chip is #7).  The contest ends May 31st so there are only a few days left to vote!


  1. We use the electric netting as a temporary fence too, it works great. Good luck with the calendar.

  2. Looks like Chip is getting really nervous about the voting results!! I love letting the animals graze on the lawn-one of my daughters freaked out the first time I fenced ours off for a season!! She's mellowed or become more used to my crazy ways now!!~~Rain

  3. 4R's - Thank you for the calendar wishes. I love the electric netting as it is so easy to use and versatile.

    Rain - When the UPS driver came for a delivery he was quite perplexed by all the animals in the yard. Those drivers really must have great stories to tell. I think the sheep in the yard makes it more attractive to look at!

  4. There was a year or two that I was mowing yards, letting it sit for a day and then sweeping the yard to use as hay. Kept me feeding animals for a while! Whatever works. I have to say, I am so grateful to have plenty of pasture and hay now. Of course, I'm still waiting for my fence. I've had five does and fourteen kids on a pasture without fence on one side for about a month now.

  5. Teresa - I'm happy that I'm not the only one who has had to resort to this, but it really is nice to look out on the lawn and see happy animals grazing - very relaxing.

  6. Bet your Nigerian Dwarf love those dandelions too.

  7. Dandelions are supposed to have lots of healthy qualities-- for livestock and people. Beautiful pasture.

    Chai Chai, I've sent an award your way. Come by and pick it up.

  8. Kim - The goats and sheep eat them like candy!

    Perri - Thank you for the award, I'll be right over.