Lawn Mowers Sheep vs Goats
I've got 8 acres on the east side of the Big Island in Hawaii.
Fuel costs are too high for using power equipment to keep the grass down. We get on average about 150 inches of rain a year. You can imagine how fast that makes the grass grow with a year round growing season.
I'm thinking of getting either sheep (hair not wool) or goats to do the work with either a donkey or llama for protecting them We don't have any predators here except for the occasional loose large dog. (I know the animals will need care like vet visits, food supplements, etc. and I can't just use them as lawnmowers and forget about them, but I think it will be cheaper than trying to mow 8 acres.)
Fruit trees are am important part of the property and I'm wondering if goats are more likely to harm the trees than sheep. I'd rather not fence the trees. On the other hand goats could be a source of milk more so than the sheep.
Goats or sheep (or both)?
Your thoughts please.