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Brush Control
by Gary Pfalzbot
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Brush Control using goats has long been secretly recognized by many livestock owners as a very successful endeavor. Long before the rise in popularity of raising goats for milk, meat, fiber or show, goats were predominantly used to keep weeds and brush at a minimum around the family farm. Perhaps this is why goats have been mistakenly labeled as an animal that will eat anything - including tin cans (they do not). While they can and do eat a very large variety of vegetation that many other animals will not, there are certain plants that they should not be allowed to access and these should be reviewed in our poisonous plants section.

In recent years, there have been several islands, particularly off the Pacific coast, where goats have had to be controlled (or removed entirely) because they have depleted all the vegetation. Over time, if goats are allowed to multiply, they do indeed cause severe damage to just about all the plant life they can find, leaving behind only that vegetation which they find unpalatable.

As the popularity of brush control using goats has grown in the last decade, so too has the importance of their efforts. Goats are now being used as an alternative to herbicides in areas that are considered potential fire zones - especially in the Western United States.

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About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is a Service Connected Disabled Veteran and the web master of GoatWorld as well as some other web sites. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Colorado where he and his wife Pam raise a few breeds of goats and other animals, and primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry.

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