New Trend: Using Goats To Clear Land. A new dog park in Rhode Island got some help from a group of land-clearing specialists: goats.
Organizers used a herd of the ravenous ruminants to clear brush from a plot of land in Portsmouth that will eventually be turned over to man’s best friend. New Trend: Using Goats To Clear Land
Kim Cipolla tells WJAR-TV (http://bit.ly/1O8OsVJ ) the 17 goats ate around the clock over an area about the size of two football fields.
The goats ate everything from poison ivy to thick brush and thorns. They even dug up a buried fire hydrant, perfect for a dog park. Cipolla says using goats to clear land is cheaper than a bulldozer and construction crew, and environmentally friendly.
Cipolla says using goats to clear land is cheaper than a bulldozer and construction crew, and environmentally friendly. She says it’s “animals helping animal.”The domestic goat or simply goat (Capra aegagrus hircus) is a subspecies of C. aegagrus domesticated from the wild goat of Southwest Asia and Eastern Europe. The goat is a member of the animal family Bovidae and the subfamily Caprinae, meaning it is closely related to the sheep. There are over 300 distinct breeds of goat. It is one of the oldest domesticated species of animal, according to archaeological evidence that its earliest domestication occurred in Iran at 10,000 calibrated calendar years ago.
Now that the goats have finished, committee members are working to complete the job.
Information from: WJAR-TV, http://www.turnto10.com