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UMass Lowell Looks To Sheep For Lawn Maintenance

Jun 07, 2019 11:46PM ● By Theresa Gilman

UMass Lowell on Wednesday, May 29 deployed more than 100 sheep to cut the grass along a stretch of campus officials say is difficult and more costly for workers to maintain. (Photo credit: Edward Brennen for UMass Lowell.)

In a scene that may have looked more like the Welsh countryside than Lowell, more than 100 sheep were deployed from May 29 through May 31  to a steep and grassy piece of UMass Lowell property along the VFW highway to participate in some sustainable and delicious mowing.
 
UMass Lowell officials said the gradient of North Campus property, as well as the groundhog holes and the bee stings, made it difficult to mow by hand. The herd, supplied by Goats to Go out of Georgetown, should be able to complete the same job in about three days and at roughly half the cost.
 
“Increased sustainability is always a priority for campus operations and using sheep and goats to keep the grass short along this stretch of land is cheaper for the university and safer for our workers,” said T.J. McCarthy, director of facilities operations and services.
 
This is the first time UMass Lowell has used this service but officials are considering future uses. The sheep are scheduled to remain in place for about three days – depending on the strength of their appetites.
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