Thursday, 30 May 2024
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Goats the answer to fuel and weeds

Goats the answer to fuel and weeds

Blackberries, African lovegrass, gorse – put a goat on it and watch it disappear. 
Calulu goat producer, Heather Osborn, says there are many examples of goats clearing up weeds and vegetation on private properties, but she is fed up with the lack of fuel reduction on public land in the region.
"The fact of the matter is it's our public land that's in the worst condition," Ms Osborn said. 
"We know there is great frustration among most people across East Gippsland about the inadequacy of fire prevention work, and we also know that goats are extremely successful in reducing fuel loads in a safe manner.
"If we knock the bulk of fuel loads with goats, then complementary cool burning can be implemented in a more safe manner."
Ms Osborn has a wealth of experience with goats, having been involved with them since 1977, and at one stage running 1800 head on her property near Giffard.
"I'm as passionate as ever about what we can do with goats," she said.

IMAGE: Heather Osborn with her Boer and Red Boer goats on her Calulu farm. Heather is advocating the use of goats on public land to aid with weed and fuel reduction.

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