The Sheep are Baaaaaack

May 02 2012

The sheep are Baaaaaaack at King Estate Winery in Oregon

Over the last couple of weeks King Estate welcomed 1,500 mini lawn mowers to our 1,033 acre certified organic property. The borrowed sheep quickly eat overgrown grasses and weeds in our vineyard so we don’t have to run our mechanical lawn mowers and weeding equipment, which saves fuel, time, and money. The sheep get free organic food at our all you can eat buffet and add a certain charm to the estate. These furry visitors can only do their job in the early spring before bud break entices them to munch on vines instead of the mustard flowers and knee deep grass. This is our third year bringing in sheep to offset the use of tractors and other machinery that run on fossil fuels, 1,500 sheep is almost three times as many as we have ever had on the property at once. Check out the video above featuring Vineyard Manager Meliton Martinez and the photos below to see the first 700 sheep arrive.

    • Pamela Odell

      Three cheers for King Estate!  What a great thing to do. 

    • Pamela Odell

      Three cheers for King Estate!  What a great thing to do. 

    • Pamela Odell

      Three cheers for King Estate!  What a great thing to do. 

    • Jeanne

      That is great.  I would like to have a couple of lambs.  Since I live in town that will never happen!

    • Jeanne

      That is great.  I would like to have a couple of lambs.  Since I live in town that will never happen!

    • Jeanne

      That is great.  I would like to have a couple of lambs.  Since I live in town that will never happen!

    • Nanabear1950

      Seeing the sheep in the fields today, was so picturesque.  We had a lovely day of
      wine tasting and a delicious lunch.  Thank you King Estate!!!

    • Nanabear1950

      Seeing the sheep in the fields today, was so picturesque.  We had a lovely day of
      wine tasting and a delicious lunch.  Thank you King Estate!!!

    • Nanabear1950

      Seeing the sheep in the fields today, was so picturesque.  We had a lovely day of
      wine tasting and a delicious lunch.  Thank you King Estate!!!

    • Vicki

      This is so cool!  Thank you, Ed, for you and your staff being so focused on sustainability!  This is such a great use of resources and such a wonderful part of the whole ambiance of King Estate.

    • Vicki

      This is so cool!  Thank you, Ed, for you and your staff being so focused on sustainability!  This is such a great use of resources and such a wonderful part of the whole ambiance of King Estate.

    • Vicki

      This is so cool!  Thank you, Ed, for you and your staff being so focused on sustainability!  This is such a great use of resources and such a wonderful part of the whole ambiance of King Estate.

    • hoboduck

      I agree with Vicki….this is sooo coool. 

      I would be nice to know when you reload the sheep.  If they use dogs to help, I would love to be there.  It is a sight to behold watching a good sheep dog do his job.

      tks and Go Ducks WTD

    • hoboduck

      I agree with Vicki….this is sooo coool. 

      I would be nice to know when you reload the sheep.  If they use dogs to help, I would love to be there.  It is a sight to behold watching a good sheep dog do his job.

      tks and Go Ducks WTD

    • hoboduck

      I agree with Vicki….this is sooo coool. 

      I would be nice to know when you reload the sheep.  If they use dogs to help, I would love to be there.  It is a sight to behold watching a good sheep dog do his job.

      tks and Go Ducks WTD