> Laurie, if sheep are anything like goats, then the eating of bark
means they crave minerals. Make sure they have access to mineral
blocks, kelp meal, salt, etc, and that should lessen the pressure on
And if sheep are anything like deer.....
Many ruminants require a certain amount bulk undigestable materials
(lignin) in there diet to keep the microbes healthy...
in fact on of the causes of too much soft stuff is called bloat,
others are acid stomaches (requireing lime in feed aditives)
In addition acid stomaches in cows lead to the lethal form of e. coli
and young trees are full of nutrients... so its like getting a two for
around here they use corregated plastic pipes split open and wrapped
around the trees.