Grazing Sheep in a Pumpkin Field

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 2001: $551.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2003
Matching Non-Federal Funds: $480.00
Region: Northeast
State: New York
Project Leader:
Thomas Warren
Stone & Thistle Farm


  • Animals: sheep


  • Animal Production: feed/forage, winter forage
  • Crop Production: conservation tillage
  • Farm Business Management: whole farm planning
  • Production Systems: holistic management

    Proposal summary:

    Pumpkins are easy to grow, and may offer a fall grazing option for sheep. The farmer will turn his ewes into a pumpkin field, conduct a forage analysis, and estimate the dry matter yields per acre based on grazing days. He will compare his results to studies evaluating Brassicas as a fall grazing crop and see if pumpkin field grazing is a good option for sheep operations.

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