The business of goat grazing began nearly a decade ago and continues to sprout across the United States thanks to property owner awareness, increased knowledge of benefits, and farmer willingness to loan out their livestock. State Recreation and Park Departments are hiring herds to take on invasive overgrown acreage in parks where rough terrain and dangerous slopes are unreachable by human or machinery.
Not only can goats digest plants dangerous to humans such as poison ivy, they remove the weeds from the earth without harm to the soil, and harmful chemicals. They are a zero emissions alternative that leaves the lush grass alone. The best part of all: As the herd moves, their manure puts nutrients back into the earth.
A creative solution? Indeed. Environmentally conscious? Certainly.