Video Extra: Sheep help landscape Busch Gardens Williamsburg

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by 13News Now

WVEC.com

Posted on August 30, 2013 at 12:06 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 12:21 PM

WILLIAMSBURG - 17 Scottish blackface sheep are keeping things neat at Busch Gardens Williamsburg.

They're part of an environmentally friendly program of “targeted grazing.” Targeted grazing involves training animals to naturally manage landscaping by eating grass and plants from certain areas.

The innovative practice has had both environmental and operational benefits for Busch Gardens Williamsburg including reducing the need for powered lawn equipment, reducing the park’s carbon footprint, saving nearly 100 gallons of fuel a year, saving nearly 288 labor hours a year, time that can be reallocated to other landscaping initiatives (that require hands) such as flower pruning, edging and planting and producing manure for the turf.

In addition to providing a green method for landscaping, the animals are also a natural fit for the terrain: sheep are skilled and sure-footed on steep slopes that can sometime present challenges to human landscapers.

 

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