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Tree friendly and low maintenance grazer

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    Registered Users Posts: 284 ✭✭ n1st


    I have 4 acres close to house which has apple and other small trees and berry bushes, part of it is a garden too .
    What animals could I get to eat the grass but not the trees or bushes and which are also low maintenance (no one is around for some days)


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  • Belted Galloway breed, no housing required for winter either




  • Shropshire Sheep are known as a breed suitable for in amongst trees.

    https://www.shropshire-sheep.co.uk/


    Not a common breed, although you do see them on Done Deal every now and again. You'd not be likely to pick them up at a mart so private seller route would be the main method of purchasing them.

    Irish site: http://www.shropshiresheep.ie/




  • n1st wrote: »
    I have 4 acres close to house which has apple and other small trees and berry bushes, part of it is a garden too .
    What animals could I get to eat the grass but not the trees or bushes and which are also low maintenance (no one is around for some days)

    When you say no one is around for some days, do you mean gone for a few days?
    If so, I don't know if animals are the way to go...
    Shropshire Sheep are known as a breed suitable for in amongst trees.

    https://www.shropshire-sheep.co.uk/


    Not a common breed, although you do see them on Done Deal every now and again. You'd not be likely to pick them up at a mart so private seller route would be the main method of purchasing them.

    Irish site: http://www.shropshiresheep.ie/

    I imagine you'll pay dear for Shropshire...

    OP - I'd say you might find it as easy to get a mower or the likes...




  • OP - I'd say you might find it as easy to get a mower or the likes...
    I'd wonder what the lay of the land is like for mowing if it is done out in trees. Might be best seeing if they could hire in someone with a quad and a flail mower to hack it down if livestock doesn't suite.




  • Have you thought about geese? Or turkeys? Kept for fattening for short periods - not on the land all year round. They might need more care than "some days" though.


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