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Grazing Sheep in Vineyards
August 8, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm$20.00 – $30.00
Recent research has shown incredible benefits of using sheep year-round in properly designed/retrofitted vineyards. Studies show increased net profitability per acre from the vineyard as well as the livestock, increased soil fertility, and reduced labor costs. Other benefits include fewer tractor passes, elimination of tillage and reduced needs for fertilizer. As counties (Jackson County) becomes more populated and more pressure is placed on the remaining ag land, the benefits of growing multiple “crops” per acre (grapes and lamb or wool) becomes more critical.
Kelly Mulville of Paicines Ranch, and Holistic Management Certified Educator, will present. His focus will be on sheep in vineyards, but the ideas transfer to other livestock and crops. Although dormant-season- grazing is more well-known, Kelly is one of the few with experience designing vineyards for year-round grazing and is also one of the only ones that has performed trials quantifying the benefits. Questions welcomed. Read more and register: https://extension.oregonstate.edu/smallfarms/southern/events/grazing-sheep-vineyards-beyond or call 541-776-7371