10 Reasons Why Goats are the Best Tool for Invasive Species ControlApr 25, 2022
Grazing Goats to eliminate invasive species and clear under brush is a highly effective land management tool and profitable business opportunity.
Actually goats don't graze, but rather they forage. Maybe you knew that already. The point is they do the work for you and they do a great job! Here are the top 10 reasons why goats are the best tool for invasive species control.
- They are Eco-Friendly! No heavy, noisy machinery is used.
- Goats naturally fertilize the ground as they eat and leave their droppings.
- As goats eat the brushy vegetation, it provides control of mosquitoes and wood ticks due to reductions in their habitat.
- Goats have narrow, strong mouths designed for stripping individual leaves and chewing branches.
- Goats can reach taller branches by standing on hind legs (sometimes reaching 6ft or higher!) or climbing.
- Goats have special enzymes in their gut so they are able to eat plants that are poisonous to other animals.
- Through their grazing habits, goats reduce the production of seeds by consuming seeding stems. Therefore invasive plant species such as Buckthorn cannot sprout as the immature seeds consumed do not survive passage through the digestive tract.
- Goats can reduce woody vegetation by consuming the bark which causes plant death.
- Using goats to clear land and woody areas is much more cost effective than many traditional methods. The costs of clearing land by hand, equipment rental, labor, permits, and debris disposal can add up very quickly.
- Goats are agile and love climbing therefore they can graze areas that machinery and human beings can’t get to.
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I've been taking advantage of this opportunity to work with goats on my family's land and on countless parks, cities and private residences for the last 10 years. I’ve seen the results that come from grazing goats and I’ve also seen how the other solutions just don’t stop invasive species growth. I have a passion for land management and conservation and I want you to have a successful relationship with goats too!