OSU Hires Goats to Eat Ivy

GoatCORVALLIS, Ore. — Oregon State University has turned to goats to solve some invasive plant issues.

About 30 goats are roaming around the Crop and Soil ScienceĀ building on campus, where ivy is taking over.

So instead of pulling the ivy out or spraying chemicals to kill it, OSU hired goats to eat it.

The herd arrived Wednesday, and the animals are already busy at work.

“You’re actually improving soil quality rather than diminishing, and then you also don’t have to worry about any of the hazards that come from spraying poisons on the plants or the ground,” said Shepherdess Briana Murphy with Goat Power of Sherwood.

Goats also eat blackberry bushes, poison oak, thistles and other invasive plants.

The herd will be on campus for about a week.

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