Targeted Grazing with Goats
So, what does that mean?
Simply put, it’s our goats doing the work you don’t want to, and enjoying it!
You see, most property owners have at least a small part of their land that is covered in ‘problem’ plants. Which on the East Coast can include Kudzu, Oriental Bittersweet, Ailanthus, Multiflora Rose, Japanese Honeysuckle, Mile-A-Minute and more. As problematic as these plants can be, they are, in fact, extremely nutritious… At least for goats. Goats have, over time, developed a digestive tract that can not only digest all of the nutrients in these species, but can also digest the seeds, preventing the invasive plants from coming back!
⇒ Some Goat Grazing Facts:
- Goats were one of the first animals to be domesticated by humans about 9,000 years ago. Today, there are some 200 different breeds.
- Goats have been used by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service. State, county and city contractors (such as the city of Seattle) have also used goats for weed and invasive species control.
- Goats love broad leafed material, which means brush and invading field vegetation are consumed. But they don’t prefer grass, so it is left to flourish.
- Goats are agile and light on their feet, so they can be gentler than machinery when working on historical sites and other areas that need special consideration.
- Herbicides seep into water and soil, affecting other vegetation, animals and humans. They also can encourage mutations among vegetation, creating greater and greater problems instead of solving them.
If you are interested in this service, please contact Tim.