Internet research has informed us that a popular method of weed control in hopyards is to use grazing sheep. There are even some feasiblility studies being done in this country to see if this is a good method of weed management.
"baahhhhh...where's the hops???"
You have to admit, they are pretty cute.
After much deliberation, we decided to invest....
Here is our new "sheep" It even comes with a name, "Stihl"
It stands still, doesn't require much care and isn't particularly susceptible to coyote attacks.
Shepherding isn't too demanding either.
"Stihl" isn't paricularly fussy about what it eats...it will eat big thistles.
A job well done. Nice neat rows of 2nd year hops . Thanks, Stihl.