Herder Christina Forrest, co-owner of landscaping company Norveg that leased the goats out, says the friendly bunch had a ball but the job wasn’t as straightforward as it seemed with the site needing cameras, fencing, and daily visits.
“We visited the site daily to make sure they were kept safe and fed and watered, and they were safe from predators,” Christine says.
“The way goats chew the seeds of the weed heads and flowers and the plant itself; they destroy most of the seed. “In the long run, it is going to cut back on a need for slashing and use of herbicides consistently.”
While goats aren’t suited to all land clearing purposes due to environmental and animal welfare risks, Christina explains they are a good option for clearing steep areas where it’s hard for machinery and often humans to access.
And with Queensland Rail now looking at other sites the goats can mow, Christina says it could be a busy year ahead for Garth and his team.
“They are all very friendly goats and Garth is more like a dog really,” she adds. “We have more work lined up for them next year, so they are having a little break for now.”