News from Kamloops

July 5, 2012

Goats Munch Away Weed Problem

Kamloops, B.C. - Kamloops is about to get a new type of gardener, of the four-legged variety. As part of an invasive weed control project, the City of Kamloops has commissioned Rocky Ridge Vegetation Control to bring in a herd of goats to eat away problem plants.

The goats, which will arrive in Kamloops on July 9th, will be helping to control noxious weeds, specifically toadflax, in areas that are difficult to manage by hand-pulling, mowing or herbicides due to topography, vicinity to water, and size. For this season, the City will run this as a pilot project in Kenna Cartwright Park, in anticipation of expanding into other natural areas in the future.

Conrad and Donna Lindblom will be bringing approximately 1,000 goats in their herd, consisting of Boer-saanen, Spanish, Nubian and Kiko goats. They'll be bringing a full crew, trailers, horses and herd dogs with them to Kamloops for the duration of the project.

The media will have an opportunity to see the goats during a field visit to be held on Tuesday, July 10th, between 10:00 am and noon, after the goats have settled into their new environment.

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Media Contact:
Kelly Johnston
City of Kamloops