I Love Goats

Goat are my new favorite animal. The NYT reports that they have recently been doing their part in the battle against kudzu, which as anyone who has ever lived in the South can tell you is the botanical version of locust. It arrives, covers everything, kills it, and then leaves a barren waste behind it. The article explains:

Kudzu, which is native to Asia, was introduced in the United States in 1876 at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, according to the United States Forest Service. It arrived in the South several years later, becoming a popular ornamental vine, then a forage and erosion-control crop. In the Great Depression, the federal government paid farmers to plant it.

First called “the miracle vine,” kudzu eventually came to be known as “the vine that ate the South.” It grows at an astonishing rate of a foot a day, smothering flora, swallowing houses and blanketing the landscape.

Yet another reason to oppose farm subsidies. Apparently one of the problem that the heroic, kudzu-eating goats face is attacks from dogs. Originally the city of Chattanooga, which introduced the goats onto public land, sent out guard donkeys. (No joke) When that didn’t work, they shifted to llamas, which have apparently done the trick.

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3 Responses

  1. manaen says:

    Would goats also eliminate deer?

  2. Jim F. says:

    Goats are also cute (if sometimes a bit smelly) and give milk which can be made into fantastic cheese.

  3. Bill says:

    I like Goats too.
    Taking care of the Goats is enjoyable. Goats are eager to please. They learn quick. Each goat has it’s own personality. when I call the goats they come a running. I have a pen for them. Most of the time I just let them wander around the property ,eating weeds and grass. I wory about speeding cars and dogs. Last year two large dogs came in the yard and attacked one of my goats. The dogs will come back no more.