Posted 02-19-2002 at 04:46:52
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I've got goats and sheep. Goats are definitely *not* what you want--they'll eat grass but will also bark trees in a hurry. Mine have taken out some pretty sizable trees (up to 6"-8" in diameter trunks) before I learned to protect them.
I think some sheep just might be what you're looking for, but be careful about stockage rate. I don't think it will take too many sheep to keep 2 acres clipped, though I think you'll have to cross fence into smaller los to make them efficient. Ours are from a small breed--Finn crosses--that are easy to handle and forage well.
I'm not familiar with how citrus trees might play into your plan, as it is a little cold for them here. But I know there are folks who use sheep in other fruit orchards to reduce maintenance and fertilize, too.