Eliminating Invasive Buckthorn With Goats, An Ecological and Habitat Restoration Study

Project Overview

Project Type: Farmer/Rancher
Funds awarded in 2008: $1,873.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2010
Region: North Central
State: Wisconsin
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  • Animals: goats


  • Animal Production: grazing management, housing

    Proposal summary:

    Goats will be grazed on two test plots. One is infested with young buckthorn. In the second plot, the goats will graze stems re-sprouting from stumps of mature buckthorn that will be felled in Spring '09. Study goals: When are the goats best introduced to manage buckthorn? How long will buckthorn thickets need to be grazed for eradication and ecological restoration? To what extent will buckthorn need to be grazed for ecological restoration?

    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.