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City of Chestermere News

Posted on: August 8, 2018

Hitting the root of the problem

Goats Working

The goats are back and will be working hard to destroy the weeds in the off-leash area to make it more enjoyable and safe for all users.

This is the third time the goats will be visiting this park this summer, and not the last!

The goats, dogs and shepherds will be back in the Park from August 9 to August 11. 

Jeannette Hall, owner of Baah’d Plant Management & Reclamation, says the goats will be focusing on the north end of the off-leash area (near the storm pond) where extra attention is required.

“Chestermere has been wonderful! We are so honoured to be a part of your community,” says Hall.

Hall started the business in 2015 after realizing the impact her own daily choices were having on the environment.  It started with a couple of goats and has turned into managing 1,000 goats, 350 sheep and six guard dogs.

Using goats for weed control is known as ‘target browsing’. Unlike sheep and cattle, goats are browsers that naturally prefer broadleaf plants like weeds and leave the grasses alone. They destroy the seed so it does not get re-distributed, and have special enzymes in their stomach that allow them to eat toxic plants.

It’s not just about the goats.

 The herding dogs also have a big part to play in the process; they ensure the goats are pushed into the right areas and are kept safe from external factors. This week, stop by to say hello to dogs Tuffy Love and David Suzuki!

What you need to know

If you see the goats, please keep your distance and obey the shepherd at all times. All dogs must be on-leash when goats are present to avoid disrupting their work. Please remember to pick up your dog poop as it could make the goats sick.

Most of the park (including the lake access for dogs) will still be available for use.

For more information please visit the website at www.chestermere.ca/goats


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