Per the City of Roseville: A forced intensive livestock grazing method is employed to achieve the desired vegetation management goals. Specifically, the goats will graze a 30-foot firebreak between the homes and the open space, thus reducing the fuel load and ladder fuels creating a defensible space.
The animals eat primarily twice a day beginning early in the morning. During the day they will rest. They will start up again in the early evening until they bed down for the night. Goats consume 5% of their body weight each day making them one of the most efficient, cost effective and environmentally friendly tools available. On average, 100 goats will clear approximately 1 acre a day.
The city cautions local residents to leash dogs and control children around the solar electric fences and don’t feed or annoy the goats or the dogs.
The goat program is quite popular in Roseville as an alternative to the loud and polluting power tools usually seen and heard on Dry Creek. The city workers do a fine job but then so do the goats, leaving only dry, mild smelling pellets that dissolve in the rain-if we ever get rain- making for fine fertilizer. Of course I mean the goats leave the pellets, not the city workers.
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