Q Fever in Linn and Benton Counties

CORVALLIS, Ore. — There have already been four confirmed cases of Q Fever in Benton and Linn Counties this year, but public health officials say there is not a threat that residents should be concerned about. Officials say Q Fever usually spreads from goats, cattle, or sheep. They can pass it to humans through bodily … Continue reading »

OSU Hires Goats to Eat Ivy

CORVALLIS, 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 … Continue reading »

Goats Clean Up Backyard Debris

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — It’s all fun and games for this tribe of goats right now, but that’s only because they’re in between jobs right now. “They’re such an effective way to clear brush and environmentally friendly way. I had half an acre in my pasture and it took ten goats a month to eat down … Continue reading »

Eugene Approves Urban Animals

EUGENE, Ore. — Country living is coming to the city of Eugene. City councilors approved an ordinance Wednesday, allowing more urban animals. The council voted six to one to allow Eugene homeowners to own a restricted group of farm animals. Now the task is to educate those aspiring urban farmers and try and keep non-farming … Continue reading »

Council to Vote on Urban Animal Keeping

EUGENE, Ore. — Eugene city councilors will likely make a decision on the urban animal keeping ordinance Wednesday. The current proposal would allow for people to have more chickens, goats and bee hives, among other animals. According to the agenda item, for development sites less than 20,000 square feet, the ordinance would do the following: … Continue reading »