On the farm we practice rotational grazing. This means we move our animals throughout the property so that they never stay in one place for a long time.
The animals are healthier – moving to fresh grass means they’re not standing in their own manure. Being outside in the fresh air also is better for their respiratory health than being cooped up in a barn like feedlot animals. We had the vet out for a visit and he said our animals looked great!
Rotational grazing also means ruminants, like our sheep, are getting the most calories out of the grass. They eat as much as they can in a small area for two or three days and then move on to the next slice of grass. I move them every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. They get so excited about new grass – check out this video.
Eating the grass from the top makes the grass shed roots below the surface of the soil. The sloughed off roots decay and become organic matter. Manure also adds organic matter to the surface of the soil. The sheep leave the pasture better than they found it. This is the real magic. This is how we sequester carbon. Another farmer made a great slideshow explaining the link between rotational grazing and carbon sequestration – in this case sheep function a lot like little cows. Your lamb chops are fighting climate change!