New Zealand’s Love Partners May Become Napa’s Lawn Mowers

What’s the latest weapon in the viticultural battle against weeds? Here’s a hint: It’s fluffy, it has four legs, and it tastes great in a tagine. No, it’s not polar bears—although that would be awesome. It’s the humble ovine rambler, our friend, the sheep.

The Associated Press has the scoop on how UC Davis researchers are experimenting with using sheep as walking lawn mowers. The key is dosing the little dudes with small amounts of a nausea-inducing drug after they feast on grape vines and fruit. The result is sheep that hungrily eat everything in the vineyard—except the grapes and vines.

Another acceptable tactic: using babydoll sheep, whose small stature prevents them from messing with the vines. My God, this plan’s cuteness and tourism potential are profound.

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