goat grazing

Goat Grazing Tackles Many Landscaping Issues

Goat grazing is a beneficial, cost-effective way to manage large areas of land without using noisy, polluting, fuel-based equipment. It provides sustainable weed abatement that mitigates fire danger, controls weed infestation, reduces rodent populations, and creates an aesthetically pleasing environment for property owners and neighbors. Goat grazing controls invasive weed species and provides native varieties the room to thrive. This environmentally friendly practice lowers the carbon footprint of your business. Many of our goat grazing customers are so pleased with the results, they expand their grazing acreage. 

Goats Clear Large, Hazardous Areas Quickly

Whether your property has steep, hilly inclines or suffers from a preponderance of poison oak, goat and sheep herds are up to the challenge. Gachina partners with multiple contractors offering these services tailored to your specific site and conditions. With the help of our partners, we can provide sustainable weed abatement at a lower cost and more effectively than “traditional” methods, eliminating the noise and stench of diesel equipment and reducing environmental hazards, including the need for chemical weed control.

Less Waste, More Fertilizer

Goats can consume 40-60 cubic yards of green brush and weed waste per acre. This waste requires no costly disposal, converting immediately into bioavailable fertilizer following digestion.

Grazing Can Prevent Wildfire Damage

Historically, grazing is a crucial tool for reducing wildfire risk. Our well-managed grazing schedules mitigate the risk of wildfire damage, reducing the buildup of shrubs, brush, and grasses that fuel wildfires. Goats love to eat this plant life, offering a practical, cost-effective, and safe means for reducing the intensity and spread of fire compared to mechanical and manual removal, particularly across large areas.

Goats are a Carbon Sink

In combination with our common practice of following goat grazing with the reseeding of deep-rooted native grasses, goats help fight climate change. Research from the Marin Carbon Project shows how returning goats to graze the growth of these reseeded grasses helps reduce atmospheric carbon and combats climate change. This “carbon farming” practice causes the bottom of grass roots to slough off, prompting new roots to grow. These new roots take in more carbon, pulling it out of the air and converting it into tiny, stable carbon crystals transferred via sugar emissions from their roots, a process called carbon sequestration. Properly managed, this cycle can sequester more carbon than ungrazed land, much like planting trees.

Our Long List of Satisfied Grazing Clients Includes:

  • Corporate headquarters with significant acreage
  • HOAs with abatement areas
  • Municipalities with vast greenspaces to maintain, including:
    • The Daly City Dept. of Water and Wastewater Resources
    • The City and County of San Francisco Dept. of Public Works

Learn more about incorporating goat grazing into your landscape management practices for fire control, weed abatement, or clearing. Contact Gachina Landscape Management to schedule this green, efficient service at 650-853-0400, or fill out our online contact form today.

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