We have a steep, weedy patch just behind the house. When we moved here it had a small mowed path through the middle, but the rest was dense overgrown sumac and wild grape tangled under a poplar canopy. After running the pigs through and then following up with untold hours of chainsawing, we managed to open the understory and get a pretty good stand of orchardgrass and clover to grow there. There are still some patches of heavy burdock in places where we’ve fed pigs, but that’s a decent forage in its own right so we don’t mind too much.
Today we ran the cattle through the back yard. They did a great job of mowing things down. As I’ve said before, I hate cutting the grass and I’d much rather employ an eager herd of cattle to do that job for me.