I purchased two nanny goats kids last week. No kidding!
The land needs an organic or natural way of tackling the brambles and ever encroaching scrub like Gorse.
I have read that in Australia and New Zealand goats are used to tackle wild places. Farm animals have tamed the countryside over many centuries and it's good land husbandry to use animals for grazing purposes. It is after all the animals that have made the countryside look like it is.
I try not to use chemicals to spray but rushes in particular are a big problem in rural Ireland. I think they like the acidic peaty and very damp soil. I have read that rush seeds can live for up to sixty years in the soil and living on a windy peninsula like ours they spread very easy.
Any way here's my new four paw drive weeders/browse grazers:
They are eating their way through a bramble patch at the moment. Number one son cut out openings in two old plastic heating oil tanks to make hutches for the girls and I made them straw beds inside the hutches.
Goats like donkeys originate in Asia and do not have oil in their coats to protect them from the Irish rain. The Roman's called Ireland, Hibernia. Meaning the land of eternal winters. They were good weather forecasters along with making straight roads and building sanitation..?
I have Christened them Beyonce and Gaga. One is calm and one is a bit highly strung.
We bought them a bag of goat food and it cost me fourteen Euros. I wish I had shares in a farm store at the moment.
Do you have an organic approach to taming undergrowth or would you clear it with a digger and spray the weeds? May be even lime and reseed?
Anyone else keep goats? How do you deal with rushes? Do you spray them or do you top them before the go to seed? Perhaps I could strim them?
More livestock photos soon.