Fredy Perlman wrote:I am hoping to do the same thing very soon. I expect to acquire 8 acres most of which was irresponsibly logged (no replanting) and has a 20 year growth of alder on it, with an understory of some himalayan blackberry and many more less awful things.
I plan to selectively clear it by tethering goats in it as a first step. This link has some helpful information on that that I've used as the base of my plans, but I'd like to hear what permies think. The most important thing is having a goat of a suitable emperament. Then, e.g.:
Goats will not tether in brush as they tangle up so much you'll probably have to cut the tethers to untangle them! Try another method. Might take fencing on the perimeter to work. I have goats that are jumping a fence 5 feet high so had to raise all my fences. (a big chore with 14 acres). Faye at Heartsong Farm, Southern Appalachians
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This is the system I have had the most success with. Many years ago I employed this method to leave my Doberman and Weimaraner dogs on. What I recommend for this system is to mark two spots (A and B) on the terrain you wish to let your goat browse. In my case, I run 100 feet between point A and B. At each point, dig a fairly deep hole - for smaller goats, a hole deep enough to completely cover a large coffee can; larger goats, a hole deep enough to completely cover a five gallon bucket. There are variations on each of these which I will discuss further."
I'd add to the helpful info here that a farmer I know tethers and leashes his goats including short hanks of inner tubing. Chains have some innertubing at the end for tethering and leashes are ropes with innertubing at end. He said the goats respond well to the gentle, giving pull of the innertubing. I can't wait to try it. I have loved goats since I was a kid (lol) and am really looking forward to this.