The Grazers

Using goats, Ecosystem Concepts, Inc. has successfully managed the following vegetation area types: annual grasslands, oak savanna and woodlands, chaparral and north coastal scrub. North coastal scrub such as coyote bush, poison oak, and blackberry are exceptionally difficult to control and pose an invasive land threat. However, the goats love to eat these plants and therefore control their growth and spread.

Goats will devour an entire blackberry bush and strip the bark of the coyote and poison oak plant, thereby rendering the plant incapable of further growth. In areas where coyote brush has been hand cut or pruned, it actually enhances growth of the plant as they then sprout from the cut crowns. When grazed by goats, who strip the bark and eat their leaves, the plants’ growth is inhibited.

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