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Vegetation Management Services

We provide goats and sheep to reduce grasses and brush on rural properties. In addition to being a fire hazard, they compete for water, sunlight and nutrients, restricting the growth of more desirable grasses and other plants. Unwanted vegetation can also reduce the value of your property and limit the use of pastures for grazing or recreation.

When used in mob setting, rotating smaller sets, goat and sheep defoliate and weaken undesirable plants, allowing for an ecologically diverse environment. Goats prefer to eat coarse, brushy material while sheep prefer the grasses. The goats and sheep return nutrients trapped in weeds and brush to the soil through their manure and allows more desirable plants access to the nutrients they need to grow.

Goats and sheep will eat many different plants. We design the mob to meet the needs of the land and project. Cumulatively they are effective on the following species:

  • Blackberry bushes (livestock will strip the leaves and all new growth and do a great job of reducing and trampling bushes up to about 3 ft)
  • Bull thistle 
  • Wild Rose
  • Scrub Oak
  • Star thistle (grazing the flowered thistle 3 years in a row with just about eliminate starthistle)
  • Oak saplings
  • Pine saplings
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sage
  • Vetch
  • French / Scotch broom (effective to reduce vegetation, though this will depend on density and other available forage )
  • Mustard
  • Coyote bush
  • Ivy
  • Most Grasses ( An 80% reduction in grasses allows for fire hazard reduction as well as protecting the ecological health of the land. Grasses not eaten will be trampled, creating a nice cover for the soil) 

We customize our services to meet your unique goals.

Rates vary depending on many factors including but not limited to: type of vegetation, density, desired results, livestock water availability, site location and fencing requirements. We charge by the acre with a $2500 minimum charge.

For a site specific quote please email us at thegoatworks@gmail.com.
Please include your location and a brief property description.