Goats: Hungry to Help You Control Weeds!
In Benton County, folks manage forests, farms, school grounds, wetlands and household landscapes. All these managers have to control weeds. Currently, the prevailing weed control philosophy is known as Integrated Pest Management (IPM). IPM is a strategy for pest control that incorporates prevention and various removal techniques-from mechanical to chemical methods-while taking into consideration each method’s potential cost effectiveness, ecological impacts and human health effects. Goats are a great tool to include in any Integrated Pest Management strategy, and are becoming a more common option in Oregon.
About the Author
Heath Keirstead manages Benton SWCD’s Communications and Community Engagement as well as the Native Plant Program and Youth Education. She has a Master’s in Soil Science from Oregon State University. With a dual passion for people and the planet, she loves building relationships with partners, customers, volunteers, and students.