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200 goats recruited to clear brush in Mission Valley community

Posted at 11:19 AM, Jun 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-20 14:19:23-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - A tribe of 200 goats will be unleashed in a Mission Valley community to help clear vegetation.

Sudberry Properties has recruited the South African Boer goats for a big job -- to chomp away at the weeds and brush in and around the Civita community.

Spring rainfall has led to a near overgrowth of vegetation at the Civita property, prompting the need for what Sudberry calls the “four-legged brush-clearing machines.”

The goats, supplied by Environmental Land Management of Valley Center, eat a quarter of their weight per day, devouring some 2,500-3,000 pounds of food per day.

The tribe is expected to take down the vegetation surrounding the 230-acre community in about two weeks, Sudberry Properties said.

“The environmentally friendly goats were chosen over herbicides and weed-whackers to further Civita’s commitment to sustainability. As a bonus, they are less expensive, useful in erosion control, natural soil enrichers, and a big hit with children of all ages,” Sudberry said in a news release.

The goats will be working every day from sunrise to sunset, and their job is expected to be done by the end of June.