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PICS: Goats Clear Two Acres of Kudzu In Downtown Tryon

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It took just over three weeks for some goats to clear a kudzu-overrun area of Tryon. It took just over three weeks for some goats to clear a kudzu-overrun area of Tryon.
Goats helping tackle kudzu problem in western North Carolina. Goats helping tackle kudzu problem in western North Carolina.
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Goats Clear Two Acres of Kudzu In Downtown Tryon
July 8, 2013

It took just over three weeks for some goats to clear a kudzu-overrun area of Tryon.

The Pacolet Area Conservancy sent an updated photo Monday of the two-acre town lot in Tryon to demonstrate what the team of goats did in three weeks and two days.

Goats are regularly used by the city to clear the invasive species of plant.

The animals will be brought back in the fall to eat any new kudzu growth. 

Goats Help Control Invasive Plants In Tryon
June 12, 2013

The city of Tryon is getting rid of its kudzu by bringing in goats.

The tribe of titanic eaters arrived at a lot on South Trade Street Wednesday afternoon.

"We have done a lot of hands-on work doing kudzu removal, and we just don't really have the manpower," Pam Torlina with the Pacolet Area Conservancy.

Torlina says PAC received a grant from the Polk County Community Foundation through their Kudzu Eradication Initiative.

The goats will not only help wipe out kudzu; the herd of 25 will also dine on other invasive species, like tree of heaven bittersweet vine, honeysuckle and privet.

The grant will be used to fund the goats for three years. Initially, they will live on the property for a month and then periodically return to take care of any re-growth.

"They can probably ingest somewhere between 15 to 20 percent of their body weight a day, so a 100 pound goat is going to take in 15 to 20 pounds of green vegetation a day," said Ron Searcy, owner of the goats and Wells Farm in Horse Shoe.

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