Target Grazing Sheep for reduced fuel risk while maintaining condition of livestock and land

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2024: $24,960.00
Projected End Date: 11/30/2024
Grant Recipient: Kaos Sheep Outfit
Region: Western
State: California
Principal Investigator:
Jaime Irwin
Kaos Sheep Outfit


  • Agronomic: grass (misc. annual), grass (misc. perennial)
  • Animals: sheep


  • Animal Production: animal protection and health, grazing management
  • Education and Training: demonstration

    Proposal summary:

    Target grazing services are
    becoming a popular vegetation management tool on the west coast.
    Land owners and land management agencies are contracting
    livestock owners and grazers to reduce their seasonal fuel loads
    with the use of livestock, primarily small ruminants. While the
    opportunity to target grazes presents livestock owners with a
    secondary source of income, it often poses a threat to the
    condition of their animals. The primary reason for this
    contradiction is the unrealistic expectation of land owners and
    land management agencies around the necessary level of reduction
    to address fire risk. This project intends to identify the
    appropriate level of impact to reduce risk without compromising
    the health of the environment or livestock. 

    Impact and response of vegetation
    and animal condition will be recorded through the entire process
    and used to create an educational video highlighting the benefits
    or consequences of each level of impact.

    Project objectives from proposal:

    Determine what level of RDM post grazing for fuels reduction best
    supports the environment, sheep and community needs. 

    Provide collected data to landowners in an effort to educate on
    the appropriate level of impact. 

    Empower landowners to consider long term impact alongside their
    seasonal fuel reduction goals. 

    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.