Goats used as weed killers in Canada

Drive 03/10/2018
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The Canadian city of Edmonton has come up with a way to keep your weeds down without the use of harmful weed killers or herbicides. Goats. Yes, goats.

Hundreds of the bovidae are being put to work on weeds in one of the city’s parks.

The initiative is part of Edmonton’s GoatWorks pilot project, now in its second year.

Project manager Joy Lakhan says goats “love eating”.

“Weeds happen to be something that they’re happy to munch on,” she told RadioLIVE Drive.

Ms Lakhan says the goats graze on 10 hectares of parkland.

“We use a mix of fencing and guide dogs to help manage where the goats access in the park.

“Goats have a pretty big appetite and so we rely on our guide dogs, as well as that fencing, to guide the goats to where we need them.”

Creating chemical free park spaces is just one of the reasons behind the project, Ms Lakhan says.

“We’re really looking at alternatives to controlling noxious weeds outside of using herbicides or spraying chemicals.”

She says it may not be the cheapest option for controlling weeds but the goats are great in rough terrain.

“It’s a really cool project in that we’re really conscious of the environment,” Ms Lakhan told RadioLIVE.

Listen to the full interview with Joy Lakhan above.

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