Town to Rent Goats to Eat Pesky Weeds

Friday, Mar 21, 2014  |  Updated 3:59 AM PDT
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Poison Ivy-Eating Goats to Defend Historic NJ Fort

Eleven Nubian goats from upstate New York are the first line of defense to save New Jersey's historic Fort Hancock from a poison ivy invasion. Pat Battle reports.
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Officials in Southampton on Long Island believe they've found a way to control invasive plants that doesn't involve pesticides.

Newsday reports that the town board has voted to rent goats to eat the plants.

The Nubian dairy goats will be rented from farmers in upstate Rhinebeck.

Their job will be to rid fields of autumn olive, a non-native plant that chokes out native species.

One farmer, Larry Cihanek, said the goats love certain plants that people hate. He said poison ivy is their favorite.

The Southampton Town Board authorized $3,500 for fencing to corral the goats and for goat rental.

Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst said that if the goats do their job they might get another one: eating the grass that grows around headstones in the town's cemeteries.

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