Sustainable and profitable control of invasive species by browsing goats on small farms

2004 Annual Report for LS03-150

Project Type: Research and Education
Funds awarded in 2003: $14,199.00
Projected End Date: 12/31/2004
Region: Southern
State: Texas
Principal Investigator:
Dr. James Muir
Texas A&M AgriLife Research

Sustainable and profitable control of invasive species by browsing goats on small farms


The first year of the planning grant was used to determine whether a full research and education effort focusing on intensive, short duration goat/sheep browsing (ISDGB) was needed and feasible from a farmer perspective. This was accomplished (see previous yearly report). The second year was used to work out the details of such an effort, put together a full southern SARE grant pre-proposal and, subsequently, a full grant proposal.

Objectives/Performance Targets

1. Design on-farm experiments to test ISDGB: this has been accomplished, and the teams (goat-owners, landowners, researchers) are in place to look at greater detail at five states/territories in the southern SARE region.

2. Increase awareness of ISDGB: this was accomplished through farmer/SARE team interaction. However, the proposed web sites (one for each location) and extension fact sheets were not completed prior to receiving full grant funding for fear of raising farmer expectations without the financial means to accomplish the research and education.

3. Develop a full research proposal on ISDGB: this was accomplished as both a pre-proposal and a full proposal to southern SARE. Funding has been granted to continue the task at all five locations (Texas, Georgia, Florida, St. Croix, and Puerto Rico).


Additional interaction with farmers took place at all locations during the grant proposal preparation. Small ruminant owners and landowners with weed-invaded land agreed to participate in future efforts if funding became available.

Fort Valley, GA: Jones, Ussery, Owens, McCorvey & Taylor

St. Croix, USVI: Schuster, Doward, Hamilton, Scribner, Jones

Mayaguez, PR: Rodriguez & Ramirez

Stephenville, TX: Seale, Turner, Weiss and Priddy

Florida: Henry

Impacts and Contributions/Outcomes

The most important outcome this past year was a successful funding proposal. This will allow further work, including a website with pages for each individual location involved in the project.


Mary Williams

Tomas Terrill

Fort Valley State University
Elide Valencia

University of Puerto Rico
Stuart Weiss

University of the Virgin Islands