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PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2007 4:12 pm
 


Weed control goes to the goats in Prince George

[align=left]Eight hungry goats have been recruited to work the weeds in a Prince George experiment to replace the need for chemical controls.

The goats have been put to work, dining on three problem dandelion sites in the northern B.C. city, says Annie Booth, the University of Northern British Columbia professor leading the pilot project. "If we can demonstrate, over the next two years, that this is cost effective — I mean these guys work really cheaply and they don't insist on union benefits — if they work out, if they eat the weeds the city is interested in, the city could invest in their own herd of goats," Booth told CBC News.

"You've got your own built-in weed control and all you have to do is invest in some grain, some vet care and a nice winter house."

The goats, which cost $100 each, are checked on daily and given additional grain to supplement their diets, she says.

Weed-eating goats face hidden danger

While the four-legged "workers" may be efficient, there are some unexpected urban dangers, Booth says.

One goat has already been killed by a dog and there is a fear people will see the animals as a cheap food source, she says.

Nor do they want people feeding the goats, which will be on duty until October and again next summer, she says.

Although the idea of using goats for weed control is not new, Booth says Prince George may be the first municipality to give them a try.

Forestry companies sometimes use goats to control weeds on big cut blocks, she says. Goats have also been used on public lands in the U.S.

Once the research is complete, the city will decide whether the goats are cheaper and greener than hiring workers to whack the weeds and spray them with chemicals.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:26 pm
 


I seriously thought this was an article on marihuana ("weed" in dutch)...

Was curious how the goats took it [drunk]


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:34 pm
 


Those goats won't last, all the druggie welfare bums in PG will be having a goat roast down by the river every Saturday night for two months.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 1:37 pm
 


wow this is very intersting

well did anyone hear about the city saving dog poo to make electricity?


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 2:17 pm
 


Cbazy Cbazy:
wow this is very intersting

well did anyone hear about the city saving dog poo to make electricity?

dog poo to make electricity???????


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2007 11:38 pm
 


We've a dog, how much poo do you need to make electricity to keep running my notebook :P :P :P


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 4:59 am
 


Leave it to PG to have a boring ass story about goats... not alot goes on here.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2012 10:22 am
 


BCcitizen BCcitizen:
Leave it to PG to have a boring ass story about goats... not alot goes on here.


Nice necro, you don't like goat stories? Maybe you'd feel better about a story of some old goat bellyaching about some lame ass ancient news.... :roll:


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