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Humbled21 09-29-2012 06:02 PM

New and probably different
 
Hey Guys, My name is Matt from Indiana. I was wondering what you guys know about Sheep mowing. I've looked it up and it seems it could be profitable.

My main questions are.

Do the yards look decent after they're done?

What should I charge for something like that? Some website said a dollar a day per sheep but there is no way you could make money like that. I figure if I could setup the electric fence in the yard, let the sheep into it give them some water and a temporary tent shelter, leave and come back the next day, boom they're done, or if it's a big yard move the fence somewhere else. I was thinking sense I mow with a Dixie chopper where I work now, I could charge them what I think the job would take using my Dixie chopper and a weed eater. However I don't know if that would be OK because I would not leave the pretty tire marks in the yard that some people like. Hard to say. So any ideas?

Are there any weird zoning laws I would have to deal with?

Would I need some form of insurance for it?

Who should I market this too and how?

I would appreciate your thoughts, and I apolligize if not using a lawn mower is heresy on the site :D
Matt

Apex Lawn & Landscape 09-29-2012 09:03 PM

Lol residential mowing with sheep? Good luck man. I've only heard of this in California, a lady does this with people who have steep hillsides .

Hedgemaster 09-29-2012 09:19 PM

Baaaaaaaah-d idea.




:D I had to do it.

Cashin H&P 09-29-2012 09:21 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Apex Lawn & Landscape (Post 116582)
Lol residential mowing with sheep? Good luck man. I've only heard of this in California, a lady does this with people who have steep hillsides .

My friend runs his flock of goats and sheep on power lines and the electric companys pay him or it. So it is possible but residential I dont think makes sense.

CHEESE2009 09-29-2012 10:52 PM

Don't be silly.

Sheep are for s.e.x, not for mowing!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_saSL-Bu1xN...s400/sheep.jpg

Grass Doctor 09-30-2012 12:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CHEESE2009 (Post 116585)
Don't be silly.

Sheep are for s.e.x, not for mowing!

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_saSL-Bu1xN...s400/sheep.jpg


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Humbled21 09-30-2012 05:45 PM

Come on it's not that bad. From what I saw today the yards looked decent. People like sheep and see them on peoples yards and are like that's awesome! Then they come watch the sheep and are like, "Hey I want some sheep on my yard."

Sheep don't use Gasoline.

They Multiply, so as sheep have more sheep my potential business expands

They trim, mow, and fertilize all at the same time

They're way quieter than mowers, and much cuter

They were cutting lawns long before lawn mowers

If they're baaaad, I can eat them.

Steve 10-01-2012 11:05 AM

What kinds of property would you use them on? Are you talking about residential properties or large commercial areas?

What got you into thinking about this?

I saw an article in the nytimes about this http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/03/ga...o-getters.html that says the owner charges $1.00 per day per sheep. And you can keep 8 - 15 sheep on an acre of grass.

But I have no idea how long that would take to eat down or what it would look like when done. So it may be ideal for certain situations but not for others.

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Humbled21 10-01-2012 03:37 PM

I believe I would use it primarily out in Rural area's but possibly in a subdivision based on how popular it becomes.

I started thinking about it while mowing a 5 acre lawn with my fathers Dixie Chopper. Going back and forth, back and forth the mind tends to wonder. I started thinking about how people use to mow their fields. My father inlaw has a chicken coup in the back yard also and when I drove by them I noticed all the grass in there cage was dead. So I realized that the chickens had eaten all the grass, and now were surviving off of the food they were given.
I then began to think about cows and horses ate lots of grass, but they poop too much, and they're a ton of work. What about Goats and Sheep? The Goats are more for eating raised up plants, although they will eat grass, but they're also a bit more likely to miss behave. So when I got home I looked up sheep and how difficult it was to take care of them, and if anybody had ever tried it before. I found quite a few places were it had been used in the past and is being used today. So that's what got me thinking about it.

Here are a few examples
http://articles.businessinsider.com/...oison-ivy-lawn
http://green.autoblog.com/2011/07/06...0-lawn-mowing/
http://urbanshepherds.com/Urban_Grazing___Mowing.html

the top article seems to be the most useful, but it gives me something to try to copy. I intend to either email them or call them sometime this week to see how they got started and how it's going.

Steve 10-02-2012 11:41 AM

That is very interesting!

How many sheep would you like to have an how many properties do you feel you could service per week?

Have you worked on any numbers to see how much you would have to do to make it worth your time?


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