UC Davis Returns Sheep Mowers to Campus

The University of California, Davis, is bringing a flock of sheep back to campus for a second year as part of research into how sheep mowing compares to conventional practices in terms of soil fertility, fuel and labor costs, and pest control. Data from the first year of the project showed that sheep cut the grass as short as conventional mowing, and they increased soil fertility. This year, scientists will explore the mental health affects of sheep grazing on campus and the beneficial insect populations associated with grazing the animals. One student is compiling a senior thesis that will illustrate the ways sheep can be integrated into college campuses and provide a model plan for integrating sheep that can be used by other institutions.