Targeted Grazing: Goats

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Goats can be used anywhere to control growth.

  • Yards
  • Hunting land
  • Slopes
  • Delicate areas
  • Rural Property
  • Large lots in town
  • Parks
  • Golf Courses
  • Farm field edges
  • Fence lines
  • Pasture management
  • Anywhere else with overgrowth you need managed

A goat effectively eliminates invasives and other brush issues through a couple processes. First they do it by breaking up the seed cycle, second by allowing light to get through foliage to allowing other shaded plants a chance to grow with the added sunlight, and they also stress the undesired plants causing them to spend energy trying to maintain rather than spread and grow.

Goats are able to consume many plants that are considered to be poisonous weed, plants cause irritation to skin or just simply painful to handle. Poison Ivy, Multiflora Rose and Buckthorn are a treat for a goat who love the difference in diet and thrive on plants such as these. They are able to consume them, and make it so the space is able to be maintain or transitioned, without these plants causing you pain or discomfort in the process.

Examples of Common invasive plants

  • Buckthorn
  • Poison Ivy
  • Poison Oak
  • Multiflora Rose
  • Garlic Mustard
  • Honeysuckle
  • Thistle
  • Cedar
  • Many others

Goats are not only limited to to invasive species. They will consume almost any herbaceous woody plant and many weeds and clear up to 6′ as they stand on their hind legs to eat.

How the Process works

Every site and existing conditions are different, so the first thing we do is meet with the land owner to see what they have in mind. After talking to the owner and seeing the site, Goettl Grove comes up with a management plan to achieve the goals in mind. Then a schedule is set for when the goats can come start the project. Goettl Grove supplies everything that the goats need, from fence to water to electricity for the portable fence. Site inspection and care for the goats is provided by Goettl Grove daily. The only thing that is needed from you is to sit back and enjoy the antics of goats solving your problems through their natural tendencies.

Contact us at goettlgrove@gmail.comĀ  for more information and to get a free consultation.