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. . . . of the goat kind.



I bought a herd of goats last week to try to help me get rid of some non-native invasive plants. Mostly kudzu and Japanese Privet. I could conceivably handle the briars and weeds with chemicals and a bush hog, but even they get away when I get shut down for six or eight months with back surgery or shoulder surgery.:( I decided to try a biological rather than a mechanical or chemical solution. I have put up some good fences over the last two years, so I think I can keep the goats contained. I have heard horror stories about how what great escape artists goats are, but so far these seem contented to stay pretty close. They certainly have plenty to eat, and I feed them a few ounces each of sweet feed every day. Giving sweet feed to livestock is like giving crack cocaine to a drug addict. One taste and they are hooked. That makes it easier to round them up into a pen when I need to. The goats, not the addicts.

I bought nine goats in this bunch, five nannies and four kids. I think I need another bunch about that size. According to what I read, that many should clean things up nicely in a couple of years. After that, I would probably run a few with some cows, just to eat the occasional briar.

Here are some pictures of the target weeds.


This kudzu will eventually overtake and kill this stand of pines if nothing is done.


This is kudzu climbing on Japanese Privet. The kudzu would kill any other host, but the Privet just provides a nice place to climb.


Hopefully in a year or two I can show you some "after" pictures where the goats have cleaned things up.
 

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Congratulations on your herd! Goaties are the sweetest creatures. If they have a good supply of food and companionship inside your fence they may not be as tempted to leave.

How many acres are you putting them on? They are voracious eaters so you may not need as many as you think.
 

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I have 50-60 acres with Privet, kudzu, briars, undergrowth, and common lespedeza. I have them on about a four acre pasture now. I can confine them to small areas by using the perimeter fence in conjunction with electric cross-fencing.

drobs, I paid $500 for them. They were local and did not run through a sale barn to pick up a lot of disease problems. I took them off one pasture and had them on mine in less than 30 minutes. I could probably have come out cheaper to buy one, two, or three at the time at the sale barn.

Here is some more of the stuff I have for them to eat.

 

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keep us posted on how it looks in a few weeks please.i wonder if a few steers would clean it ?

how about a garden update too.
 
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