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    Default California town deploys goats in fight against wildfires

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    As part of Solvang's annual fire mitigation and weed abatement program, officials say the goats are doing the community a big favor.

    Good for the people of Solvang! At least they are doing something, besides waiting for the state.
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    And someday they will complain they are being overrun by goats.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yosemite Sam View Post
    And someday they will complain they are being overrun by goats.
    Or the goats eating the wrong weed!
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    There are wineries who use either goats or sheep managed by the shepherd for weed control among the vines. Why not use a natural resource? Better than waiting on Sacto to do something
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    This is about the smartest thing to come out of california in decades. Of course the rest of the world has been doing this for centuries. Here on the ranch we control all of our wood lot areas with goats or sheep. the cattle cannot get into the dense brush. By the way goats eat weeds cattle won't eat and love Posion Ivy, Posion sumac, and Posion oak. What the hell better late than never.
    The only problem I see is the clowns in the legislature will now try to charge a goat fart tax. Or a land usage tax. Or maybe a per ton of consumed weed tax.
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    I had some goats. They would eat weeds before grass. Kept the fence lines looking nice but once the weeds are gone they will eat the grass down to the roots.

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    Once the weeds are gone, sounds like it's time for some cabrito tacos!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zhills View Post
    I had some goats. They would eat weeds before grass. Kept the fence lines looking nice but once the weeds are gone they will eat the grass down to the roots.
    That is why the herds must be monitored and moved constantly. Over grazing is a serious problem regardless what animal is the cause of the overgrazing. My son uses movable fencing to control his weed eaters.
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    This is nothing new in CA. There are companies providing goats, for a fee.

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    Cheaper than fighting those wildfires.
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