Fiber-producing goats as an alternative to chemical weed and brush control in pasture reclamation and management

Final Report for FNE93-025

Project Type: Farmer
Funds awarded in 1993: $5,000.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/1993
Region: Northeast
State: Pennsylvania
Project Leader:
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Note to readers, attached is the complete final report for FNE93-025.

Fiber-producing goats were able to provide 100% control of multiflora rose and brambles in a rotational grazing/browsing arrangement. In fact, these were controlled in the early spring before institution of rotational grazing.

Fiber-producing goats were able to clear significant undergrowth in an abandoned pasture allowing desirable forages to recover and regrow. Other livestock could then be place in this pasture to co-graze quite successfully.

If anyone embarks upon pasture reclamation/maintainable using goats, the fencing requirements need to be carefully noted. The high-tensile fencing is quite desirable if the joules are adequate. Goats do require 10-20 joules for completely successful restraint. The initial solar charger used in this project was found to be inadequate within 3 months of starting the project particularly when the goats were moved into a rotational plot which provided less of the desirable forages. This necessitated acquiring electric access to the pasture and the installation of an electric charger which provided the desired joule rating. No further problems were then encountered. Actually, any electric fence would be sufficient if the joule rating on the charger is adequate.

The project leader feels strongly and the above data supports that there is a role for goats in diversified, sustainable agricultural operations of the future. Thank you very much for the opportunity to have participated in this exciting program.


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