The AWS Fall 2013 Goat Round-up!

By Ashley Stanton

Last week, AWS employed two herds of goats to begin eating kudzu along Nicholson St. and the Northwest Branch in Hyattsville.  Kudzu is an invasive vine that takes over native plants and destroys wildlife habitat.  We couldn’t be happier with the results of this effort!  Not only did the goats reduce the invasive biomass by more than half, they entertained the surrounding community and reconnected the residents to their local watershed.

These guys were total eating machines and hardly ever took a break, except when it was time to nap, play a game of head-butt, or have a baby (we had three kids born during this project)! Due to their hard work, there are noticeable differences in the vegetation cover as you’ll see in the photos below.

The goats are now back at home on the farm in Davidsonville, MD.  They were out there for 7 days.  If you didn’t get a chance to see them, don’t worry!  We will be bringing them back out to the site in the spring.  We have more kudzu for them to eat, before we begin our stream restoration and stormwater wetland work.  In the meantime, check out this video posted by WJLA.

We would like to thank MNCPPC and EcoGoats for all of their support during this project.  Most importantly, this project wouldn’t have been possible without the funding provided by Maryland DNR.  We’ll see you in the spring for more goat stories and adventures!  Until then, follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@anacostiaws).



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This is such a great idea to use goats to help clear out kudzu!  People don't know how common kudzu is, how quickly it can take over and destroy natural species.  I love that there are ways to combat this! Hopefully we'll see the goats out in full force next Spring doing one of the things they do best!



I think this is a brilliant idea to utilize goats to clear out kudzu! Conservation grazing and targeted grazing can be an effective practice, as evidenced by the use of these of these goats.

I love this idea

Eco-goats is a wonderful idea to help save the environment and I know my kids would love this as well

Hey folks, great to hear

Hey folks, great to hear about this! However, for future reference, November is not generally a good time for prescribed grazing. As you can see in the photos, the kudzu was basically done for the season anyway and well on its way to senescence. Grazing at this time of year has little to no impact on regeneration the following year.


It would be far more effective to time your grazings for spring and summer. Once after full leaf-out, and then again once the plants have recovered and leafed out a second time. And you'll likely need to repeat this every growing season for several years. Best of luck to you!



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