Goats and Weed Management
On Friday, July 7, 2017 a drop in meet and greet is being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Piper Creek Gardens (1709 40 Avenue) for the public to meet the shepherd and her team. Public are invited to pet and feed the goats at this event. However, outside of this meet and greet we ask that you do not disturb the goats or the working dogs when they are browsing. Although they are friendly, they are working animals. There is always a herder and working dogs nearby to watch over the goats, they are not left to wander unattended.
Goats are weed eating machines! They are browsers and prefer to eat broad leaf and woody plants over grasses. Herders push goats towards target species, in the case of the Piper Creek site it is Canada thistle as the main dish with a side of toadflax. Goats provide an ecologically sensitive and economically viable means of invasive plant control that benefits soil productivity and biodiversity. This method of weed control is especially useful in areas where chemical controls cannot be used due to close proximity to water, such as is seen at the Piper Creek location.
For more information about this program please contact Parks department at 403-342-8234.