Buckthorn seedling sprouting after a previous clear cut project without goats. Goats love to eat re-sprouts!
30+ year old buckthorn infestation. Once buckthorn gets a stronghold in the lower forest canopy there is no future succession of native trees. Large buckthorn plants are cut down as goats are working. They love to eat the berries.
Goat mother gives birth to kid while working in the woods. A pleasant surprise!
Electric Netting allows for tight maneuvering around landscaping and buildings.
Fall grazing of garden beds. Food for fertilizer.
Goat grazing fence line – oak forest with buckthorn invasion.
River Bend Nature Center – Buckthorn Restoration Project with Goats 2014
Golf Course brush maintenance with goats.
Goats working in an Oak-Hickory Wet-Mesic Forest.
Goat Progress is Oak-Hickory Mesic Forest
Herd Working Mid-Summer
Goat Kid climbs fallen tree to reach higher buckthorn folliage
Junk Pile area that needs some TLC? Put goats in first to eat down brush and weeds so you can work to clean up area faster!
“The Goat Line” Where your manicured landscaping ends and the goats jurisdiction begins!
Goats working in a Prairie Restoration situation
Goat Fence Line – Left side is 8′ tall Sweet Clover Infestation. Right side is fenced area. Goats knocked down and ate the reproducing seed heads. Next season the goats will be placed in even earlier while plant is greener for further plant damage.
Goat Fence Line on very early spring Prickly Gooseberry reduction. This plant is a native, however is very sharp and often undesirable in large quantities in a forest. It’s amazing goats will even eat this nasty plant!
Goats working on steep ditch site – BEFORE
Goats working on a steep ditch side, too steep for ditch mower. AFTER Picture.
Buckthorn chokes out available sun for lower forest plants such as ferns and grasses. This increases erosion along stream banks. Goats are also light on the land vs cattle along river banks.
Goats typically do not like to get their feet wet. However, we have trained some of our to go into swampy areas to get buckthorn.
Goats Love Pumpkins! A great supplement to late Fall jobs. We hope to create a “Give your old pumpkins to the goats” program in the future.
Non-Game DNR Minnesota’s first Goat Workshop 2014. We toured sites grazed in Rushford, MN.
A talk given at this years Upper Midwest Invasive Species Conference in Duluth, MN. Cherrie Nolden has been doing some instrumental research on the goat grazing topic out of the University of UW Madison.
Goats Grazing in Prairie – Target Species: Sweet Clover
Jame Edwards of the Minnesota DNR showing us a steep site that was grazed by goats within the city limits of Rushford, MN.
Goats eat plants horeses and cattle will not eat. A great compliment animal in pasture maintenance!
Goats using each other to get higher up in the forest canopy!
Notice the wall of green in the background of this picture. That is what this woods looked like before goat grazing. After the site was grazed some sites can benefit from using riding lawn mowers to cut smaller buckthorn back and ground level. The goats leave the area open enough so you can avoid large logs and rocks that can damage your blade.
Wild Thing – Goat for Rent – Best human scream in the herd!
Waddle – Goat for hire – Nice coloration!
Speckles – Goat for rent – Gentle Wether!
Sandy – Goat for Rent – Best looking pink eyelids in the herd!
Ruby – Goat for Rent – Our most photographed goat for the media!
Randy – Goat For Hire – so tame he things he is human!
Pepper – Goat for Hire – Excellent in the brush!
Patsy – Goat for Rent – Loves to shred bark with her horns!