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9 years 7 months ago #38401 by Kaitemako
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1 year into my lsb of culling massive gorse and woolly nightshade, wondering if I should get some goats to keep the new growth down to keep spraying to a minimum. Does this work ? And if so, where is a good place to find some goats in the Tauranga area ? Thanks for your help [;)]

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9 years 7 months ago #495133 by Deanna
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Hi and welcome. I can't answer your questions, but hope your having some fun with that? :D :D :D

25 acres, 1400 Blue Gums, Wiltshire sheep, 5 steers, 2 cows, ducks, chickens, bees, dog, cats, retired, 1 husband and 3 grandkids.

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9 years 7 months ago #495138 by tonic
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Can't help, but welcome! We are out near Te Puna, so in your general area, sort of.

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9 years 7 months ago #495140 by kai
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goats will eat new growth gorse, but only if there is nothing nicer on the menu.

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9 years 7 months ago #495148 by LongRidge
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As kai says. You have to have very, very good fences to be able to force the goats to eat the things they don't want much of, like gorse. You also have to be prepared for quite a few dying of starvation rather than eating what they don't want.
If I were starting again with gorsey property (been there, done that), I would start by fencing. Then get some animals, and goats would be fine if you have the correct fencing and facilities to treat the problems that goats get. Otherwise cattle if you have enough water, and facilities. Then change the soil fertility so that grass and clover want to grow and gorse doesn't. Do a soil fertility test to find out what you need for grass and clover to grow well.

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9 years 7 months ago #495360 by Stikkibeek
Replied by Stikkibeek on topic BOP newbie, Hi !
I wouldn't force goats to eat woolly nightshade since it is toxic to stock and the hairs on the leaves are an irritant as well. Seed can last in the ground for 20-30 years, so you will have a task for some time, pulling up any seedlings. grubbing or spot spraying may be the most efficient way to deal with it.
You might find this site useful for control. www.waikatoregion.govt.nz/Services/Regio...nightshade/#Heading4

Gorse at least is not toxic, but is nasty to handle. Goats will eat this and sprays are effective on regrowth.

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9 years 7 months ago #495366 by igor
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I sometimes cut gorse from places where the goats can't go and give it to them as a treat. They love it. Sheep and cattle will sometimes nibble the soft tips but don't do any real damage.

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