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Grazing goats create fire breaks

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Post by ferret Mon May 15, 2023 8:45 am

Hot and dry and fires. This idea should be put to use in Jalisco... https://www.reuters.com/world/americas/chiles-firefighting-goats-protect-native-forest-deadly-blazes-2023-05-14/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=Newsletter&utm_campaign=Daily-Briefing&utm_term=051523
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Post by mudgirl Mon May 15, 2023 10:13 am

Friends of mine in Canada had contracts with the provincial govt. to graze sheep in cut blocks that had been replanted, to negate them having to spray herbicides to keep the brush down, so the little replanted trees could grow. The sheep will eat the weed growth without eating the seedlings. This would also help with forest fires.

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Post by ferret Mon May 15, 2023 11:56 am

Like the idea of sheep AND goats... produces milk, produces fibre for clothing, leather from skins, produces urine and poop that is ground into the soil by their hooves, can eat the meat, gets rid of underbrush and weeds... PERFECT ecological system!
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Post by mudgirl Mon May 15, 2023 4:31 pm

Goats might not work for what my friends were using sheep for in Canada, because as far as I'm aware, goats eat everything. Apparently the sheep prefer the natural undergrowth to eating the tree seedlings. But they will eat them if there's nothing else to graze. My friends got one contract where they had to call the office they were contracting with to say there was nothing for the sheep to eat there except the baby trees. Of course, because they were dealing with bureaucrats, they insisted that there should be undergrowth there, sitting in their air-conditioned office, looking at a map. My friends had to argue with them, saying they were standing right there on the cutblock, so they were in a better position to know if there was anything for their sheep to graze than someone in an office tower in Vancouver.

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