Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

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Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve
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There are 400 sheep grazing the San Marcos Foothills Preserve. They are surrounded by an electric fence and guarded by two Great Pyrenees. They will be there for another couple of weeks to improve the habitat for native grasses and birds. Currently, they are on the ridge above the new construction off Cieneguitas.

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Phantom Blot Mar 25, 2019 09:59 AM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

In 3 years as Foreman on the Fondarosa I was bit by the electric fences more times than I care to remember and I can still get it up just fine......

Potif Mar 25, 2019 01:48 AM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Only possible problem, while horses and cattle ‘crop’ or cut off the blades of grass as they eat... sheep often pull out the roots of the grass they’re eating. So it doesn’t always re-establish well.

Artemisia Mar 25, 2019 07:43 AM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Re: sheep pulling up grasses , preventing regeneration: that's the point. Eradicate invasive weedy grasses so native plants can get a foothold. Or root-hold.

EastBeach Mar 24, 2019 08:43 PM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Nice video about Teddy the Great Pyrenees down at On the Lamb Ranch down in Camarillo ....... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twD-OHQSTQY

EastBeach Mar 24, 2019 01:23 PM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Dolly! Wait, which one of you is Dolly? :) ............ https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/20-years-after-dolly-the-sheep-led-the-way-where-is-cloning-now/

oceandrew Mar 24, 2019 11:28 AM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Heehee... what a great way to abate out of control growth of grasses which dry out by next month and become fuel. Use of sheep is new though, isn't it? In the past this job went to goats. Did the sheep have a better union? Or did the goats bite off more than they were asked to?

MountainMan4865 Mar 25, 2019 12:46 AM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Goats are browsers, like deer, while sheep are grazers. Goats like buds, shrubs and woody things, while sheep like grass and tender green things. They serve two totally different purposes. Goats can clear an area of 'brush', but then grasses and weedy things will most likely sprout up in it's place (because the land really tries to be covered with some sort of foliage at all times). I've seen herds of goats standing shoulder high in a field of grasses and mustard, totally not interested. If they are starving, sure, they'll eat it, but it's not their choice. Sheep, on the other hand will devour your grasses and ignore your poison oak and scrubby things you're hoping to go away....

Flicka Mar 24, 2019 11:19 AM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

How wonderful they are using sheep, lucky you to see them. The Great Pyrenees make good shepherds to guard sheep and goats. Donkeys are equally useful as guardians.

a-1573861523 Mar 25, 2019 08:59 AM
Sheep on San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Sadly, they’re overbred because they’re only good for ranches and ranches breed them only need one or two so you end up with 3+ extra from each litter given to friends in the suburbs which ends up badly.

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