We offer Targeted Grazing a natural approach to vegetation management and landscape enhancement. We supply Electric Solar powered fencing. Goats are a great source for managing fire risk, and making foreclosed homes look presentable instead of having overgrown grass etc.
Four Easy Steps:
1. Contact us for a free estimate
2. We come to your property to assess the site to determine grazing suitability. We want to make sure our clients needs are met as well as keeping our herd safe.
3. We prepare an estimate for the selected area you want grazed.
4. With the estimate approval we schedule fence setup and goat dropoff
Mother Nature created a perfect weed eating machine in goats. Noxious weeds
are extremely aggressive, invasive and difficult to control. Herbicides have been
used with limited success, but repeated use of chemicals is expensive and
environmentally problematic. In addition, repeated use of chemicals can cause
weeds to mutate and actually increase in density and endurance.
How our Story Started:
Goats prefer weeds, grasses, and brush. Managed goat herds snap off and consume all the flower heads, then pick off the leaves, leaving a bare stock. Because the flower is eliminated immediately, it cannot go to seed and without leaves it cannot photosynthesize and build a root system.
Numerous studies have demonstrated that goat grazing is a highly effective means of
reducing seed head production. Goats have been used successfully to control Yellow
and Purple Star thistles, French, Spanish, and Scotch brooms, European annual grasses
and a list of other noxious plants that degrade both plant and animal habitats.
Goats and Thistle
Goats provide a practical method for the reduction and mitigation of invasive plants including the extensive list of non -native thistles which degrade habitat and spread prolifically.
What makes the goat a superbly effective tool in the reduction and elimination of thistle infestation and monocultures, is the ruminant animals ability to both reduce seed production, alter soil chemistry and finally, the ability kill the plant altogether.
First, how does a goat reduce seed production? Grazers target plant seed heads as they contain the highest nutritive value for the animal. If a plant has produced a seed head the goat will find this part of the plant most palatable, and consume it first. Second, How does a goat effect soil chemistry, and why is this advantageous? Through the elimination processes goats alter both soil ph and N, K, P levels. Certain varieties of thistle thrive under certain conditions; for example—Italian Thistle, a resilient invasive annual thistle prefers potassium deficient soils. Understanding the unique/peculiar preferences of invasive/undesirable plants allows insight into intensity and duration of grazing application, as soil dynamics can be changed through animal impact so as to promote specific conditions, favorable or unfavorable to different plants and microorganisms.
Finally, and most essentially, a grazer can kill a plant. The mechanical process of grazing can destroy a plants ability to deliver nutrients to itself, to photosynthesize and can damage a plants ability to derive a store nutrients and water from itself and the soil.
It is because the grazer works on multiple biological and physical levels that grazing is effective. What’s more, is a grazers ability to stimulate desirable ecological conditions such that soil, plant community and hydrological conditions are conducive to balance.