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Trailblazing goats return to Rio Grande trail duty
by Ryan Summerlin
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2 September 2017
On 2 September 2017 The Associated Press reported:
A crew of 220 goats has returned to the Roaring Fork Valley to help chomp down pesky weeds on the Rio Grande Trail the old-fashioned way -- without herbicides and other chemicals. The goats have been munching on a 4-mile section of the Roaring Fork Transportation Authority right of way south of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Goats corralled into a plot for controlled grazing offer a natural weed management, and they end up doing a lot more than just removing weeds.
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A goat will eat about 25 percent of its body weigh in a day, according to Green Goat. About 70 percent of their diet is made up of non-grassy plants, whereas horses and cattle will graze down the grassy stuff, leaving the rougher weeds behind. The goats go after the thorny, rough stuff, leaving the soft grasses behind, said Donny Benz. And they're lightweight animals with hooves that till and aerate the soil ... While steep embankments are difficult for mowing machinery to reach, goats are good at grazing on those uneven surfaces and getting into nooks and crannies. ...
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