UC Davis tests sheep for landscaping with goal of fire prevention aid

Researchers at UC Davis are doing an experiment – and it’s sheep. The animals were seen grazing at the campus gate on Old Davis Road Wednesday. Researchers want to see if the sheep can eat weeds and grass, fertilize and control pests, or better than traditional landscaping methods: “We can see how effectively they reduce grass and whether the soil composition changes,” said Haven Kiers, assistant professor of landscape architecture at College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “And then my ultimate goal is to get them further on campus and see whether we can use them for fire prevention or integrate them into the vineyards.” Four breeds of sheep are taking part in the study. The project started this week but will continue throughout the summer.

Researchers at UC Davis are doing an experiment – and it’s sheep.

The animals were seen grazing at the campus gate on Old Davis Road Wednesday.

The researchers want to find out whether the sheep can eat weeds and grass, fertilize and control pests, or better than conventional landscaping methods.

“We can see how effectively they are reducing grass and whether the soil composition is changing,” said Haven Kiers, assistant professor of landscape architecture at the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “And then my ultimate goal is to get them further into campus and see if we can use them for fire prevention or incorporate them into the vineyards.”

Four breeds of sheep take part in the study. The project started this week but will continue throughout the summer.

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