To Cut Costs, Pennsylvania School Uses Sheep As Lawnmowers

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Reuters / Enrique Castro-Mendivil

A central Pennsylvania school has a clever tool to keep its grass in perfect condition: sheep.

The sheep will be in charge of keeping the grass near its solar panels neatly trimmed, reports The Patriot-News. But the animals will not be worked too hard; while they will nibble grass in the morning, they will spend the afternoon resting in the shade.

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By forgoing lawnmowers, the Carlisle Area School District says it can save up to $15,000 a year. And it doesn’t even have to pay the cost of food; the district says it already has it on hands, so it only needs to supply the sheep with water.

A middle school assistant principal is providing the sheep. He is still trying to figure out exactly how many sheep he needs to use to keep the area clear.

We hope the sheep enjoy their new job.

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