Monday, May 7, 2012

Goats tackle kudzu

(Photo by Mike Hensdill/The Gaston Gazette) Thirty kudzu eating goats were released into a fenced in area River Park in Belmont Tuesday afternoon, May 1, 2012. The idea is that the hungry goats will chew their way through all the kudzu that has overtaken the area where the park is to be built.

By Amanda Memrick
The Gaston Gazette

Living weed eaters arrived in Belmont, N.C., Tuesday to eradicate kudzu one bite at a time.
Goats will be clearing kudzu at River Park along East Catawba Street this spring and gain in the fall at a cost of $12,038.
The kudzu controllers come from Wells Farm in Horse Shoe, which has been offering goats for kudzu control since 2007.
Thirty goats were brought to a 1.6 acre plot, said Ron Searcy, co-owner of Wells Farm.
It’ll take the herd three or four weeks to thin out the kudzu there before they move across the street to the city land bordering the Catawba River, Searcy said.

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