ALL AREAS: How We Use Sheep for Weed Control
(Bullsbrook, WA, Australia)
Using sheep for weed control can only be successful, the way we do it, if:
1. They respect electric fence tape and are used to it.
2. They are reasonably quiet with nothing much to scare them around.
I feed them a little lupins or wheat over autumn when feed is scarce. Now, whenever I call them up, they come running and will follow me anywhere, which makes management pretty easy.
We use electric fencing tape and tread-in insulated pickets a lot on our little farm of 5 acres in Bullsbrook Western Australia, to create temporary paddocks for our sheep. We have between 5 and 8 sheep at any one time, depending on the number of babies, and they are mostly White Dorper with a bit of Damara thrown in. They are pretty quiet. We only ever have issues with rams, but the one we have at the moment respects our hot fencing which is a blessing.
The fence you see in the picture is not even turned on! They see the white tape and stay where they should. I can even graze them amongst trees and shrubs they like to eat, simply by draping the uncharged hot tape around the trees with or without the white pickets.
This flexibility saves us a lot of work slashing and mowing weeds, and we get nice fat sheep out of it!