New York parks using goats as chemical-free weed control alternative | Animals | Forums

A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
Guest

Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Register Lost password?
sp_Feed F-Animals
New York parks using goats as chemical-free weed control alternative
Avatar
K
Admin
Forum Posts: 31785
Member Since:
15 Feb ’12
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline
1
21 May ’16 - 10:07 am
sp_Permalink sp_Print

that's gotta be pretty cool for the kids

Overexcited children and reporters mill around the fence enclosing part of the Prospect Park woodlands. “Daddy, daddy, look!” one eager little boy yells. Everyone is craning their necks, raising their cameras to get a shot. The latest celebrities to grace Brooklyn are a group of eight weed-eating goats, and they are taking up residency through the end of the summer.

Later this week, Prospect Park has arranged a wine and cheese reception so the public can formally meet the goats, which range from Nubian to Angora and Pygmy breeds. Tickets have already sold out. While the press photographers jockey for space with toddlers, the goats seem unfazed by the attention, posing for photos or placidly dozing off in sunny spots on the hill.

The impeccable behavior of the goats is no accident. The goats have to represent us in public, says Ann Cihanek – who owns the goats with her husband, Larry.

The Cihaneks run Green Goats from their farm in Rhinebeck, New York, which rents goats for weed control in steep or difficult to weed areas. Goats naturally like weeds such as poison ivy, and a single goat can eat up to 25 pounds of roughage a day, Cihanek says. The goats provide a chemical-free weed removal service with no negative environmental impact. The Cihaneks have a number of clients, and the best behaved goats get to weed the historic Vanderbilt mansion in Hyde Park, New York, Cihanek says.

more http://www.theguardi.....?CMP=fb_gu

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 476

Currently Online:
9 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

easytapper: 2149

DangerDuke: 2030

groinkick: 1667

PorkChopsMmm: 1515

Gravel Road: 1455

Newest Members:

deeno

Clearview Cladding Concepts

Summar

Yeager

Mariesays

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 12

Topics: 11467

Posts: 58659

 

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 2

Members: 1925

Moderators: 0

Admins: 1

Administrators: K