After the initial contact, quote and agreement, we come out with tools and equipment to clear "lanes" for the electric fencing. If the fence contacts the ground or significant green vegetation it shorts out and at least some of the power is lost and it does not deliver as strong of a shock deterrent. This is not as important to the goats as you may imagine, but it is very important that predators who have never been exposed to the fence have a strong negative first impression.
Shortly after the fence is set up, usually the next day, the goats are brought to the site and most commonly they are transported in their housing that doubles as transport containers.
From this stage, the way we browse the goats varies according to our initial communications, your choices and site conditions.
GOATS and GO...
This is our basic service. At a minimum we bring a herd of goats who are released into the newly set fencing and their houses are brought into the area for shelter from precipitation and to provide them some shade options. The goats are raised year-round to eat the vegetation and do exceptional job with weeds, brush and invasive species. There are very few plants that our goats don't eat. A partial list can be found in the FAQ section.
Many goat rental companies talk about poison ivy being a goat favorite or some other nuisance plant being especially desirable to goats, but the truth is... goats most highly value diversity and favor plants high off the ground. It is quite rare to see a goat focus on just one plant type and they basically move from top of plant to top of plant and eat what they will. But, at the end of it all, there is not a whole lot left and seeds are consumed and destroyed by the goats specialty quipped crushing teeth and digestion system. Virtually no seeds come out the other end as viable... only as fertilizer.
This option involves two tiers of goats grazing, one after the other in quick (in most locations) succession. The first herd are females that are of reproductive age and possibly pregnant or in milk. the second herd that is brought in after the females have had their fill are non-productive goats.... weathers ("fixed" males), bucks and potentially non-productive females. These goats do not have the nutritional requirements of does who are in milk, etc and in fact, do not do as well on very rich feedstock. These goats spend the entire year being the second class goats and thrive on stripping what little vegetation is left down to virtually nothing.
GOATS and "MOW"
This option is an extension of Goats Pro, but we (the humans) work even more with the goats and cut down brush type vegetation that the goats don't eat. We don't typically actually mow, but the concept is about the same. Depending on choices made we may clear the brushy vegetation with either pruning shears, hedge trimmers, or possibly a chain saw.
GOATS and GROW...
This can typically only be done effectively on spring or fall. We offer the option of grazing the goats and strategically scattering seed for the goats to "walk in" and germinate shortly after they are done in the area. Goat do not like to eat low to the ground and basically touch none of the seeds that are scattered.
GOATS and KROWE...
We offer the option to bring a fowl flock, usually a group of chickens (and potentially ducks and/or guineas), to clear bugs... mainly ticks. Both chickens and guineas put a MAJOR dent in tick populations! Ducks slurp up insects in wet areas but are not known to be especially effective against ticks, the primary insect that most people are concerned about. Ticks are a major concern for many people and are carriers of several diseases, the main concern to most is Lyme disease which can be extremely serious.
GOATS and POISON GO
After goats have done their work and stripped the poison ivy of it's leaves, we get to work on the roots. Pulling them up and digging them out. This service is offered in two tiers: A single, very complete pass after the goats is the most common. We often get bags and bags of vines that we take and dispose of! Also available are return trips custom tailored to your needs and the conditions on your site.
Coming soon(ish)... GOATS an...
We have been working on a way to more completely eradicate poison ivy vines in a natural, non-human way. As mentioned above, we offer the option to pull them by hand now, but we may have another method available in the future! Farrow
PO Box 207
Roxbury, PA 17251
Phone: (717) 417-8683
Text: (717) 417-8683
Serving South Central Pennsylvania
Principly the Cumberland Valley