Yesterday, I hung out with the fine caprines of Eco Goats Queensland, up in the weed-infested hills of the Sunshine Coast hinterlands. As well as being completely adorable, these goats are working to help clear environmental weeds like the feral Mexican sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia), which, with a horde of other invasive plants, are growing into tall, dense weedy tracts throughout the region. Although they are rightly known as pests elsewhere, when managed correctly, goats can provide a herbicide-free, cost-effective weed control service in some environments.
As well as being very hard working, the Eco Goats are also very friendly, and desperate for hugs and pats. They mobbed me like I was a rockstar – I smelt pretty goaty by yesterday afternoon!
Goats are great – check them out!
Goats are often considered to have broad tastes. A few of them had a bit of a nibble on my arms and legs to see if I was worth a chew, and one of them managed to get hold of my fancy diary, which I’d foolishly left poking out of one pocket. It’s dry now, but it was a little gross there for a bit.