We offer professional livestock services for large-scale projects. We have a herd of over 600 Katahdin sheep that can be brought to your ranch for grazing, which is an effective method for fire risk management and promoting biodiversity in natural spaces. We start with a minimum of 300-400 sheep for projects 50 acres or more and scale up depending on the size of the property, the amount available to graze, and the goals of the project.
Our livestock services are used by The Sea Ranch Homeowner’s Association, large estate owners, California State Parks, Native American/Tribal lands, vineyards, and private and public parklands for fire hazard reduction and habitat restoration.
Fire Risk Management – Sheep are an ecological-friendly way to reduce fire fuels in natural areas such as ranches, nature preserves, California State Parks, and rural communities. By preventing fuel build-up, targeted grazing can minimize the risk of fire hazard. Using sheep to eat grass, brush, and other foliage reduces the chance of a fire breaking out and means there is less fuel to burn, making any fire less intense.
Habitat Restoration – Our sheep graze in a traditional ‘mob’ style with many animals grouped together. The herd eats between 30-70 percent of the biomass available in a pasture or field. As they graze, their hooves press a percentage of the biomass into the ground, allowing water to absorb into the earth and protecting the soil from erosion. The way we move the herd mimics the historic large herbivore behavior in the United States. Our perennial plant base was formed with a natural chaotic grazing behavior like the pattern our sheep follow, which encourages biodiversity.
Case Study in Grassland Management
We have had a herd of over 300 ewes grazing on The Sea Ranch Homeowner’s Association property since 2002, with a primary focus on fire risk management and an important secondary priority on habitat restoration. We work daily with their staff to plan prescriptive grazing. This includes changing our route to respond to fire hazards or to accommodate endangered/rare animals and plants that may be in a certain area.
Photo credit: John Michael Bond