Sheep Grazing to Manage Crop Residues, Insects and Weeds in Northern Plains Grain and Alfalfa Systems Fact Sheet

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2000: $166,147.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $87,869.00
Region: Western
State: Montana
Principal Investigator:
Dr. Patrick Hatfield
Department of Animal and Range Sciences
Sue Blodgett
Montana State University, Dept. Entomology
Dr. Hayes Goosey
Montana State University
Duane Griffith
Montana State University, Ag Econ and Ext Dept
SARE-funded research at Montana State University has demonstrated that using sheep to graze crop residue and summer fallow can address many challenges faced by wheat and alfalfa growers in the Northern Plains. This fact sheet details how sheep are effective in controlling alfalfa weevil, provided an environmentally friendly alternative to herbicides and pesticides and allowed the grower to manage erosion by controlling the amount of remaining residue.
Fact Sheet
Patrick Hatfield
Hayes Goosey
Andrew Lenssen
Sue Blodgett
Target audiences:
Farmers/Ranchers; Educators; Researchers
Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.