Edgewood turns to goats to clear invasive plants

Posted: Friday, October 18, 2013 --- 6:21 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Edgewood College in Madison hopes a herd of goats is its answer to controlling invasive plants on campus.

The college will turn a small herd of goats loose in a contained area next week and let them munch on European Buckthorn and Honeysuckle throughout the day and rest along the shore of Lake Wingra at night.

A company called Green Goats will install an electric mesh fence that will contain the herd while the goats are eating the plants. Edgewood says the goats are expected to remain on campus 10 to 14 days.

Edgewood is a liberal arts Catholic college with about 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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