Trailing Sheep Through Pasture

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Kent Vandenburg moves 1400 sheep from one pasture to another to eat invasive leafy spurge. Vandenburg's ranch along the Heart River is controlled by sheep and flea beetles that he and his neighbors have releasedVandenburg loves having sheep. Although other ranchers say the sheep are more difficult--they get out of fences and lambing is labor-intensive, Vandenburg says he doesn't know what he'd do with all his time if he didn't ranch both. <br />
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Leafy spurge can be catastrophic to grasslands for both economic and ecological reasons. It is estimated that the plant reduces the productivity of grazing land by 50 to 75 percent. It <br />
currently inhabits about three million acres of rangeland in the U.S.
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