Faribault Goats Are The G.O.A.T For Camp Edith Mayo
The term G.O.A.T (greatest of all time) can be used with Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jordan, and even George Washington. But one summer camp in Olmsted County is using the acronym on the actual animal. Faribault-based business, Goat Dispatch, recently sent over a herd of the four-legged noxious weed eating animals to Camp Edith Mayo to get rid of the buckthorn.
The 40 goat herd was used as part of a test aimed at combating buckthorn on the 46-acre Girl Scout camp located near West Circle Drive in Southwest Rochester. The Girl Scouts’ River Valleys Council had been effectively using chemicals to fight the invasive plant, but wanted to look at alternatives for fighting the invasive plant that plagues a variety of Minnesota parks and wooded areas.
Goat Dispatch's owner, Jake Langeslag, told the Rochester Post-Bulletin that "the goats’ biology kills the potential for germination of seeds they eat", but that the goats will have to keep coming back for a period of four years to end the cycle of growth. This isn't the goat based company's first time in the spotlight a quick Bing search of the company pulls up plenty of publicity over the last 18 months. Way to go Jake!
So how much does it cost you to rent the goats to rid your surrounds of buckthorn? Just about $500 an acre.