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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #20 on: September 21, 2010, 02:09:58 am »
Keeping them in or out is irrelevant. A goat will stick its head out thru one hole and back thru another to eat the grass that is inside the fence.
Put the goats out where the log deck is and they will make sure no moss grows on top of those logs.
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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #21 on: September 21, 2010, 07:14:11 pm »
Too bad you aren't closer old joe I'd work out a trade for some of your goats!!  The poison ivy is a bumper crop this year.

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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #22 on: September 21, 2010, 10:36:14 pm »
Keeping them in or out is irrelevant. A goat will stick its head out thru one hole and back thru another to eat the grass that is inside the fence.
Put the goats out where the log deck is and they will make sure no moss grows on top of those logs.

i wonder if you could train them to debark ? pc
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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #23 on: September 21, 2010, 11:24:19 pm »
pc, only if it was a tree you didn't want to kill! :)
woods teach, here too, but then I'd be allergic to the goats.

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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #24 on: September 22, 2010, 12:21:25 pm »
whilst this thread is about goats, I have a question for those who have used them for brush control;
Is it reasonable to think that goats could be used for veg management, or will they kill (eat) the trees you are trying to grow as well?  I am in the Pac, NW and my tree farm is about 98% Douglas Fir.  I logged in 2006 on a2.5 acre piece of it, and have been controlling the brush with chemical application.  The trees are now 3 years old and doing ok, except I did cause a little damage by doing my broadcast application this spring a little late, and burned a few of the trees this year.  They should all come back ok from this error, and I will be sure and get it done next time well before the trees break bud.... Just wondering about the goats, have been thinking of it for some time, as I know that they can really knock down alot of nasty blackberry in a hurry.
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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #25 on: September 22, 2010, 06:25:11 pm »
If your leaders are over about 6 and you do not get to many goats, or keep them in with the trees for to long at a time they will help a lot with brush control.
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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #26 on: September 22, 2010, 08:16:22 pm »
In my experience  in both the NE and SE goats will eat anything.  That being said, they prefer hardwood and brush over pine.  Unless your fir is shorter than the brush you should be ok.  Also don't overgraze or they'll eat everything.

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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #27 on: September 22, 2010, 09:05:12 pm »
Eat everything is not an exaggeration for those of you who have never had bored goats in an enclosure that has trees in it. Species does not really matter as long as the tree is not very large. My friend who had goats used to throw in discarded spruce or pine christmas trees. When they got done the trunk and large branches would be debarked, completely, and everything else would be gone.
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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #28 on: September 22, 2010, 10:16:29 pm »
Ya gotta be smarter than the goats. :o
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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #29 on: September 23, 2010, 07:38:10 am »
Nobody is smarter than goats!!!!

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Re: A whack of goats
« Reply #30 on: September 23, 2010, 11:11:24 pm »
Well both of you are right!!!!
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