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Successfully Controlling Noxious Weeds with Goats

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PDF 5 pages 22 weeds identified as appropriate targets for control using goats as an alternative to pesticides by Lani Lamming, who is the owner of the goat grazing business, Ecological Services based in Alpine, Wyoming, and is a Beyond Pesticides board member. Ms. Lamming has a M.S. in weed science from Colorado State University in Ft. Collins, Colorado. From Alternative Weed Strategies, Vol. 21, No. 4, 2001 Pesticides and You Beyond Pesticides / National Coalition Against the Misuse of Pesticides.

Quoted from article: I am a displaced cattle rancher. I bought a hundred head of cashmere goats to eat weeds in 1997 because I could not find a job that I wanted or that suited me. I now have 2,000 head of goats and have 12 people working for me. The goats are used as a tool in intensive grazing and short duration schemes under holistic resource management principles. The goal of the land is to build the soil so it can produce the kinds of plants that we want to grow there. What we need to be looking at is the water cycle, mineral cycle, energy flow and succession. Weeds are symptomatic of a problem. The problem is sometimes poor soil having no organic matter that cannot support good growth. We want to make the grass the best competitor and stress the weed at every turn. Goats help with this problem because everything they eat is then recycled as fertilizer and laid back down on the grasses. As the goats graze, they trample in the fertilizer. We worked last year in seven states. I keep working and moving from job to job, migrating north to south, and up and down in elevation; working all the time. I have federal contracts with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Forest Service. I have state, county, and city contracts in several states. But, most of my business is on private land. The smallest area I have grazed was a 12-foot by 60-foot backyard. I grazed 30 baby goats there for three days. The biggest job I have done was 20,000 acres in Montana.

Successfully Controlling Noxious Weeds with Goats listed species:

Canada thistle
Cheat grass
Common candy
Common mullein
Dalmatian toad flax
Downy brome
lndian tobacco
Leafy spurge
Loco weed
Musk thistle
Oxide daisy
Plumeless thistle
Poison hemlock
Purple loostrife
Scotch thistle
Sweet clover
Yellow star thistle

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Regions Impacted: (See related documents in region) USA, Northwestern, Rocky Mountain

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