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Orinlooper

  • Joined Aug 2015
Easiest animals to keep?
« on: June 06, 2020, 06:21:43 am »
Which are the easiest animals to keep to eat the grass and brambles?


bj_cardiff

  • Joined Feb 2017
  • Carmarthenshire
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2020, 07:55:31 am »
Its not a straightforward question I'm afraid. It will depend on your land and how much input you wish to do?

Sheep are good at grazing steep land, but not good in wet/boggy land and will get stuck in the brambles.

Goats are great for clearing brambles, but will also strip bark and kill trees. They will need shelter too and won't do well in wet conditions. You will also need excellent fencing.

Pigs are great at clearing ground, but don't really like scratchy brambles, they will also need very strong fencing and shelter.


Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2020, 12:39:38 pm »
I assume that by 'easiest' you mean 'requiring the least input'.  Every single animal used as livestock will need care, treatments - routine and emergency - , veterinary care, extra feed, housing and so on and so on.  Please be aware that when you take on livestock, there are no shortcuts or easy options.  For that you need machinery.
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harmony

  • Joined Feb 2012
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2020, 12:45:49 pm »
A machine  :coat: but where's the fun in that!

macgro7

  • Joined Feb 2016
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2020, 12:52:30 pm »
Which are the easiest animals to keep to eat the grass and brambles?
Meat rabbits! I fattened rabbits on just brambles before as an experiment.
Growing loads of fruits and vegetables! Raising dairy goats, chickens, ducks, geese rabbits and a little boy on 1/2 acre in the middle of the city of Leicester, using permaculture methods.

Fleecewife

  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2020, 01:13:37 pm »
A machine  :coat: but where's the fun in that!

Oh machines can be the best fun, or the worst.

But what is not fun is realising that your animals are not in the best of health and are suffering because you failed to factor in the time and money and space needed to keep them properly.
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smallholder147

  • Joined Aug 2020
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #6 on: August 08, 2020, 11:54:14 am »
I am sorry but I don't think that there is any animal for those duties and responsibilities which is easy to handle.
I just can say that for eating grass and brambles goats are a good solution. But of course they need care.

violetgarlic

  • Joined Aug 2020
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #7 on: August 10, 2020, 06:55:34 am »
I think there are can be difficulties with different kind of animals. It depends on amount of your free time, patience, etc  ;D

Scarlet.Dragon

  • Joined May 2015
  • Aberdeenshire
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #8 on: August 10, 2020, 02:55:12 pm »
As others have said "it depends" but Exmoor ponies are pretty good at clearance and low input providing the fodder quality and quantity is appropriate.
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arobwk

  • Joined Nov 2015
  • Kernow. Some say it's in England !
Re: Easiest animals to keep?
« Reply #9 on: August 10, 2020, 06:22:12 pm »
Please excuse me for sticking my nose in (since I don't keep livestock), but Scartlet.Dragon is obviously right:  hardy, potentially native or other semi-wild breeds of animal will almost certainly be the animals requiring least oversight (but not "no over-sight").  If the preferred animal doesn't get on well with brambles, then mechanically cut.  You might need to repeat mechanical cutting, but animals will then gradually win the battle in a confined area. 
Stock numbers will also need to be fine-tuned to the grazing potential available throughout the year to minimise the need for supplementary feeding.
Fencing:  the larger the animal the more likely they will accept a hedge as their boundary, but, as even I know, goats and sheep will simply see a hedge as something they need to get to the top of !
« Last Edit: August 11, 2020, 11:15:16 pm by arobwk »

 

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