We are hungry! Goats have a very high metabolism, so they are always hungry, which means when Mary opens the stock trailer gate, they are ready to go to work, eating your weeds, brush and invasive trees.
Barnyard Weed Warriors is a rent-a-goat herd grazing service that provides weed & fire control for your property. Owned and operated by Mary Powell. Goats are the ORIGINAL weed eaters, and they will eat through most woody plants and noxious weeds, like elm, locust, buck brush, sericia lespediza, kudzu, poison ivy & oak, dogwood, sumac and more.
Using goats is the green alternative to using chemical and they are much better for the environment as they have no negative impact on the land. They are fun to watch and you can learn a lot about animal behavior, while observing them.
We usually bring 75 goats, most are female but we have 8 wethers (neutered males) that will join us in our 2022 season, Aaron, Matthew, Walter, Mr. Chompski, Pippin, Frodo, Cub & Thor. Female goats are called does (like deer) and we have young and old does, ranging from two months up to 14 yrs. At night, the does will sleep in family units (mother with daughters or sisters with sisters) and sometimes friends sleep in groups. Some have names, others just go by their tag number in their ear.
Our grazing season usually runs from June 1st to October 31st, unless weather or other factors modifies our plans. We are often scheduling 6-10 months in advance, so plan accordingly. If you have a large property, you may want to consider doing smaller parts at a time, so that after the goats clean up, you can get in and address areas that will require mechanical removal. Our usual size of job ranges from 1/2 acre up to 5-6 acres. For longer term jobs, we will schedule accordingly.
Wildfire control: Goats can be used to reduce the fire damage in an area that has a wildfire. How is this possible? The goats can reduce the amount of ground litter on the ground and the lower the amount of ground litter, the less damage a wildfire can do because it doesn’t have the fuel to burn as hot. Areas grazed by goats have less fire damage. The Ronald Reagan Presidential library was actually saved by a herd of goats,, when they grazed down the weeds and brush that grew in the areas around the library. When wildfires threatened the area, fire fighters were worried. But the goats had eaten most of the ground litter and the fire was stopped within 30 yards of the library! Did you know that Ronald Reagan actually raised goats after he retired from politics? That is one of the reasons the goats are allowed to graze near the library. When there is less ground litter, firefighters can control the fire better. There are even herds of goats known as firefighter goats that graze areas prone to wildfires, just to keep the ground litter down.