Goats for noxious and invasive weeds in Montana• Underbrush removal •Pasture recovery
WINNING THE WAR ON WEEDS
Using goats for weed control in Montana
THERE'S A WAR going on in Montana, and it is having devastating consequences on our landscape.
Noxious weeds are enemy No. 1 of Montana farmers and ranchers. And spraying herbicides like Roundup on your weeds is shown to have dangerous effects on your health.
But it's time to fight back in the war on noxious weeds by using goats for weed control in Montana.
And that’s where MONTANA GOAT COMPANY comes in.
Safe weed management
GOATS are a natural way to reduce your noxious weeds.
Whether in your back yard or on your ranch, goats are a perfect solution to organic farming and ranching, where herbicides are prohibited.
By using goats you can create a safe, longterm solution to controlling weeds — without herbicides. Goats thrive on Montana's most abundant invasive weeds such as spotted knapwweed, giving native plants a chance to compete and regain their stronghold on the landscape.
Controlling noxious weeds on your property can be part of a comprehensive effort to create sustainable, healthy pastures and crop land.
Goats work to remove and control noxious weeds, most of which are forbs, which the goats prefer over grass. So, while healthy native grasses can flourish, the encroaching weeds are controlled by using a natural resource — goats.
Whether your longterm goals for your land are pasture management, crop soil improvement or control of noxious weeds, Montana Goat Company works with you to create a solution to your land-management problems.
Montana Goat Company can help you create a grazing plan, from two to 1,200 acres.
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Goat eating spotted knapweed
Goats on a weed project in Bigfork, Montana.
Goats are natural browsers, and they love to browse from the ground, up to about six feet. They clear away needles and small branches, helping reduce "ladder fuels" that transfer fire from the ground into the overstory.
Used correctly and without overgrazing, the goats will take out the brush and wood debris, leaving your acreage nicely parked-out.
The first step to successfully managing weeds on your property is to define what your land goals are.
If you graze too many animals on your land, or disturb the land and soil, you will likely have weeds.
Some common land-use goals involve livestock grazing, crop development, or improving native plant communities to increase pollinator and wildlife habitat.
Create a weed inventory map
It’s important for Montana landowners who want to improve their land to create a weed inventory.
Draw a map of your property and note where weeds are located, as well as areas of bare or disturbed soil. That’s where weeds will soon appear. Weeds are highly competitive and thrive where soils have been depleted or disturbed.
Recognizing the lifecycle and growth stage of your weeds is essential to good weed management.
This map is an essential first step to help you better understand where weed infestations are occurring or will occur.
A helpful tool for weed inventory mapping is the EDD MapS. You can find the app at www. eddmaps.org
The Montana Weed Law
Why worry about weeds?
It’s the law in Montana.
Montana’s first weed law was enacted in 1895, and the Montana Weed Control Act was signed into law in 1948.
The Montana weed law states that “it is unlawful for any person to permit any noxious weed to propagate or go to seed on the person’s land, except that any person who adheres to the noxious weed management program of the person’s weed management district, or who has entered into and is in compliance with a noxious weed management agreement is considered to be in compliance with this section.”
Montana Code Annotated, MCA 7-22-2116.
Benefits of Maintaining a Healthy Land Ecosystem
Provide better forage and food for livestock
Protect native plants
Protect water and soil resources
Enhance property values and improve aesthetics
Save money and time on weed reduction
Improve wildlife habitat
Be a good neighbor
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