With sustainable themed occasions such as Organic September and Zero Waste Week taking place throughout the month, we thought we’d get in on the act by relaying to you the many benefits of sheep farming! So without further ado, here’s our guide to just five of the ways sheep farming has a positive impact upon the environment. This is not Fake Ewes.
1. Sheep Love Grass
Sheep receive most of their nutritional needs by grazing on naturally occurring grassland, which converts into high-quality proteins, vitamins and minerals! Lamb is one of the most naturally reared animals and is a nutritious alternative to the likes of chicken, pork and beef.
2. Grass Loves Sheep
Grazing sheep help grasslands pull in carbon from the atmosphere, which is then stored in the soil, helping to reduce global warming. Grazing also stimulates growth and organic manure naturally fertilises the land without any need for machinery! Not forgetting the fact that sheep farming helps protect the land against natural corrosive effects – like flooding and erosion – reducing the risk of wildfires in summer and avalanches in winter.
3. Booming Biodiversity
Sheep farmers and shepherds play an important role in protecting the biodiversity of the countryside! Maintaining field margins, hedges, copses, thickets, ditches and walls is essential to sustaining a thriving ecosystem, which in turn provides a home to plant species and creatures of all sheeps and sizes (sorry).
4. Landscapes of Opportunity
Sheep farming supports the development of economic activity in disadvantaged areas across Europe. Especially in mountainous regions, with sheep the only animals that can be reared in this type of terrain, which helps to boost employment and local social life. Booming economies, culture, landscapes and gastronomic traditions have all sprung up around sheep farming regions, which in turn increases tourism!
5. The Future of Lamb
Everyday, sheep farmers across Europe are doing simple things to lessen their impact on the environment – be it installing solar panels, fencing off dams to increase biodiversity or using different stocking strategies to improve soil health! Sheep farmers also invest heavily in industry research and development to continually reduce their carbon footprint.
6. Take the Lamb Quiz!
So there you have it, our guide to just five of the many ways sheep farming has a positive impact upon the environment! Why not train your brain and put your knowledge of sheep farming to the test with our European Lamb Quiz?