Cattle producers looking to control undesired brush and other plants in their pastures could turn to another solution: their own sheep and goat herds. That was the suggestion of Kansas producer Greg Christiansen, who reflected on his experiences at this month’s Missouri Livestock Symposium in Kirksville. Christiansen said his sheep and goats will eat the plants that his cattle won’t or shouldn’t eat.

Christiansen added that having sheep and goats as brush control can serve as a secondary income source when neighbors are seeking to reduce inputs.

Greg Christiansen has raised sheep and goats on his operation in Linn County, Kansas for at least five years.