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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Goats Tackle Invasive Species Too Tough For Mowers

EASTON, Md. - If you are looking to get rid of some problem weeds, goats might be the answer.
But you have to be careful, as they will eat almost anything. That's the message from Brian Knox of Eco-Goats, an Easton-based forestry consultant who rents out a herd to help owners clear their property of weeds and problem plants. Knox fences off the area to be cleared and lets the goats start munching.
Knox says he got into the business when a client bought some goats to clear plants from his property, became attached and eventually bought a whole herd. The goats work for a daily rate of
$350, and jobs tend to run between $1,600 and $2,000 an acre. The herd has worked on sites including housing developments and parks.

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