Kudzu is a plant that was introduced to the southeast as a way to prevent erosion quickly and easily. The problem is, it does way too good a job! Kudzu grows quickly over almost anything – other plants, trees, buildings, anything that doesn’t move. Once it gets established it is almost impossible to get rid of.
The usual approaches to kudzu eradication are heavy machinery or harsh chemicals but there is another way. The city of Roswell is using goats to help clear away this problem plant and they seem to be doing a good job. The goats seem to be non-stop eating machines. They have stripped the leaves from heavy patches of kudzu pretty quickly.
Word has gotten around and these hard-working animals are attracting lots of interested city folk to come watch them at their jobs. It’s a bit of a walk through the weeds to see them up close and it definitely smells of the barnyard but it is fun to see them. There is a low-voltage electric fence surrounding the grazing area. It won’t really hurt you but I saw several kids grabbing on and getting a little shock. (Some of the kids didn’t learn the first time but the goats knew to stay away from the fence.)
Not sure how much longer they will be here so, you should take a ride over soon if you want to see them. The goats are working on the hillside below the main mill building along the path that leads down to the covered bridge.
Kudzu eating goats from Get Your Goat Rentals
Old Mill Park
95 Mill View Ave
Roswell, Georgia, USA
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
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