What’s the deal with the sheep “mowing” Ypsi’s Riverside Park?

If you live in Ypsi, chances are, over the last few days, your social media feeds have been filled with images and videos of sheep wondering across Riverside Park, adorably chewing up grass to the delight of young and old alike. Well, local filmmaker Dan Blakeney went one step further and didn’t just document the chewing, suckling and baaing, but actually interviewed the shepherd behind Project Mow, Yuko Frazier… Enjoy.

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted May 27, 2017 at 9:23 am | Permalink

    This is a distraction, sheeple.

  2. emma
    Posted May 27, 2017 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    This is cute and everything but it does burn gasoline to transport the sheep and doesn’t the leftover poop cause an issue in the park where people go to hang out in the grass?

  3. Jean Henry
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 8:33 am | Permalink

    Obviously any means of mowing parks burns energy. Don;t mowers also have to be transported??

    Sheep poop is one of the best possible fertilizers. It is ‘hot’ and doesn’t need composting like cow manure. Its tiny herbacious pellets decompose very quickly.

    If anything I worry about people bothering the sheep versus the opposite. They are highly sensitive creatures.

    I used to work on a sheep farm during the lambing. I’ve had a lot of jobs; Shepherd was a good one. I’m fond of sheep. This is a cool thing. I’m a bit jealous of Yuko.

  4. Dan
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 2:35 pm | Permalink


    you could solve that emission dilemma by taking your non-motorized push mower there, and mowing and raking up (and composting) all of that foot high grass on a steep hill.

  5. kjc
    Posted May 30, 2017 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    reel mowers don’t cut anything over 6 inches high, Dan. you’ll have to push your gas-powered one over there and get to work.

    oh wait, you were being *witty*….oh right.

  6. Iron Lung Larson
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    Are they going to sell the sheep meat when they are done?

  7. Lynne
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Permalink

    I wish they would. I love mutton stew.

  8. Jean Henry
    Posted May 31, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    You have to eat the boys. They are largely useless otherwise. Not worth feeding them through the winters. Not even for wool bearing sheep.

    People who love farm animals and don’t eat meat are short on the concept.
    People who keep single sheep as pets are guilty of animal cruelty.

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