Charles Gill
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Goats eating bark

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brett Chedzoy Dec 10, 2012. 9 Replies

I am using goats to manage buckthorn at my schools farm and although they have done an excellent job eating the woody shrubs in the hedgerow they have also gone after the bark of the larger trees and…Continue

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Brett Chedzoy replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
Dec 10, 2012
Brett Chedzoy replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
"There are many strategies for protecting trees, and (in my opinion) for an approach to be successful, it has to be skillfully customized to the particular situation.  For example, in Joe's picture above, the (presumably) unelectrified)…"
Dec 10, 2012
Joe Orefice replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
Dec 5, 2012
Joe Orefice replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
"I agree with Jeff, painting the bark of trees white shouldn't harm the trees. Bill MacKentley at St. Lawrence Nursery has recommended this as well for apple diseases. One of the reasons to avoid dark paints is they may cause hotspots on the…"
Dec 5, 2012
Jeff Jourdain replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
Dec 5, 2012
Maryanne Reynolds replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
"A Christmas tree farmer has suggested that we paint the trunk of vulnerable trees with white latex paint (paint can be watered down) to keep away goats and deer; the white color is said to be important to keep the sun from absorbing…"
Dec 3, 2012
Brett Chedzoy replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
"Charles,  In my experience with our goats, bark stripping seems to be a combination of two main factors: learned behavior and boredome (too much time spent in one area).  There may be other causes, such as dietary cravings, the attractive…"
Jul 10, 2012
Charles Gill replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
"Hi Peter, Yeah, i know your work, I used your "handbook" to frame my project here at Sterling so thank you for that. The problem I'm having is not that that the goats strip the bark of the buckthorn, that's great, but that they…"
Jun 26, 2012
Peter Smallidge replied to Charles Gill's discussion Goats eating bark
"Hi Charles: I ran the Goats in the Woods project at Cornell from 1999 through 2003.  We worked to train our goats to strip the bark from sapling trees (mostly beech and striped maple), but to prevent them from damaging the bark of the larger…"
Jun 21, 2012
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Goats eating bark

I am using goats to manage buckthorn at my schools farm and although they have done an excellent job eating the woody shrubs in the hedgerow they have also gone after the bark of the larger trees and nearly girdled all of the trees in their paddock. I don't want to move them until I have a method for dissuading them from this behavior. This is obviously a learned behavior since the woman I borrowed the goats from generally throws whole trees in for them to eat down to the wood, but I was hoping…See More
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