Homestead Helpers: Sheep, Cattle, Pigs and Poultry

Livestock aren’t just useful for meat and eggs. They can mow lawns, work garden soil, dig stumps and more!



Sheep Mow
Sheep “mow” an orchard. This relatively inexpensive livestock will eat both grass and tender weeds, and can be rotationally grazed using movable electric fencing.
PHOTO: DEBORAH RENDON
Goat Ivy
Goats eat all kinds of weeds and brush. 
JANET HORTON
Digging Hogs
Hogs will dig stumps to get to corn or acorns buried nearby. 
ISTOCKPHOTO/AMANDA LEWIS
Goats Green Roof
What’s the easiest and safest method of mowing a green roof? Let the goats graze on it! 
RICK WETHERBEE
Duckling Slug
Poultry are scratchers, foragers, insect eaters, and sources of meat, eggs and high-nitrogen fertilizer. 
DWIGHT KUHN
Pasture Chickens
Movable electric-net fencing keeps chickens in the area you want them to work. 
ISTOCKPHOTO/TONY CAMPBELL











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