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Posted: 7/3/2015 5:44:46 PM EDT

Gents,

I'm looking to buy a ten acre plot of land. It has a nice variety of trees but a ton of vines, prickler bushes (the single strand purple kind) and knee high random weeds. I'd like to open the land up a bit, right now it's so thick it's almost inaccessible in certain areas.

I'm wondering what's the best way to do this (best as in least amount of work). One friend suggested goats. He said I could tie it up with a 40 foot or so leash and let it go to town, then periodically move it and let him do the work.

I don't know shit about goats, is this a good suggestion?


Any other ideas?



Link Posted: 7/3/2015 5:45:48 PM EDT
Where would you get a goat?
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 5:46:33 PM EDT
Dozer
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 5:47:12 PM EDT
Goatrope... lulz.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 5:57:46 PM EDT
Tying goats up is a bad idea. They tend to strangle themselves in that situation. If you can fence the property off and put twenty to thirty goats on it for a year, you would see a pretty good difference.
You could then sell the goats and a shitload of kids to offset the fencing costs.
It is not an overnight proposition though, they will take a while to get desperate enough to eat everything they can reach.
Around here that would be $5-10k in fence and $1500-3k in goats. You could get lucky and make nearly $10k on the goat sale, when you are done, but it's safer to say $5-7k.
Hiring a clearing crew will definitely be faster, have better results and may be cheaper. You will not have a fence when they are done though...
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:02:03 PM EDT
If you want to get goats you should fence the area.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:03:42 PM EDT
There are actually companies that rent goat herds for this very purpose. They could clean out 10ac in 2 days

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Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:04:31 PM EDT
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Petting zoo


Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:06:10 PM EDT
Hire somebody with a tractor and bushhog. Done in one day.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:06:25 PM EDT
dozer would make quick work of any shrubbery.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:07:06 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:08:21 PM EDT
Rent a big tractor and a bigger bush hog.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:08:34 PM EDT
Why not get a brush hog and spend a long weekend going to town?
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:10:18 PM EDT
$100 and you can have some one brush hog it in under an hour.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:11:16 PM EDT
Coyote bait.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:11:52 PM EDT
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Do you want T. Rexes? Because this is how you get T. Rexes.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:12:24 PM EDT


Kill it with fire!
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:13:48 PM EDT
If you want to have some fun with it get a tracked skidsteer with high flow and a brush hog to go with it.

Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:15:27 PM EDT
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You can't mow in and around 10 acres of trees in one day. If it was open land with just brush, sure. The trees make things problematic.



What I have found to be the best solution for clearing some decent walking/hunting paths in an overgrown woods is to use my bobcat.

Over tire steel tracks, put on the bucket. Drive with the bucket set just about an inch above the ground. I can bulldoze through multiflora rose that rabbits can't run through. Leaves a nice clean patch about 6 feet wide.

Cleaning up an entire woods is difficult. Goats and a fence may be the best solution.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:15:33 PM EDT
I had a couple of goats to handle my lawn mowing while I was out to sea, because my wife was Sofa King useless. They did a nice job around the house. You'd need a shitload of goats for 10 acres, though.

These are my goats, circa 1983. The big one was my best friend. I really miss him.


Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:16:09 PM EDT
Yeah i wouldnt tie the goats up. You could do a smaller fence that you can move and have them work a smaller area at a time.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:17:28 PM EDT
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It's actually amazing what you can do with just the bucket when clearing brush in a woods. No need for the addition of the brush hog.
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It's actually amazing what you can do with just the bucket when clearing brush in a woods. No need for the addition of the brush hog.
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Originally Posted By sitdwnandhngon:
If you want to have some fun with it get a tracked skidsteer with high flow and a brush hog to go with it.




It's actually amazing what you can do with just the bucket when clearing brush in a woods. No need for the addition of the brush hog.


There is if you want to see how much shit you can mow down with a rented brush hog.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:19:09 PM EDT
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Goat Emporium.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:20:52 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 7/3/2015 6:56:09 PM EDT
Meat goats are most halal.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:00:03 PM EDT
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Get your goats on amazon: Link

Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:04:55 PM EDT
A friend of mine did the goat thing at his house, but it didn't have quite the weed problem you are talking about - it worked well for him.

A side effect was that it turns out goats were a "chick magnet", he would often put a rope around one of the goats and take it downtown to an outside cafe and he got tons of dates from gals who thought the goat was adorable.....

Personally, I think a Brush Hog would be the better idea.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:05:51 PM EDT
My vote is for goats.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:09:15 PM EDT
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Get your goats on amazon: Link

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Where would you get a goat?


Get your goats on amazon: Link




Would they leave it on my doorstep like my other Amazon packages?


FWIW, when I was stationed in Italy, we would open the ASP to the local farmer's goats. They kept the place mowed for us.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:23:09 PM EDT
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Lol a goat. Do you have 10 years.
Manual labor with machinery is the way.



Edit. A goat is good for keeping it clear.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:25:10 PM EDT
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Goats R Us
Goat Depot
Goat Ropers Inc.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:28:50 PM EDT
Had the same problem when I was looking at 10 acres in Crestview FL.
I passed and decided to travel the country.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:30:59 PM EDT
I have a couple boer goats and sheep, the goats will fuck up a fence in quick order so keep that in mind. If I had it over I'd just go with sheep, they don't climb like a goat, but they won't fuck up your fences either.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:32:41 PM EDT
How much goat shit are we talking about clearing 10 acres?
Or do the goats eat their own shit?
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:35:22 PM EDT
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Goat shit is small compact spherical pellets. Not even a problem.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:35:38 PM EDT
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Originally Posted By Mr_Happyface:

Gents,

I'm looking to buy a ten acre plot of land. It has a nice variety of trees but a ton of vines, prickler bushes (the single strand purple kind) and knee high random weeds. I'd like to open the land up a bit, right now it's so thick it's almost inaccessible in certain areas.

I'm wondering what's the best way to do this (best as in least amount of work). One friend suggested goats. He said I could tie it up with a 40 foot or so leash and let it go to town, then periodically move it and let him do the work.

I don't know shit about goats, is this a good suggestion?


Any other ideas?



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Fence in the property, or build pens you can move.
DO NOT TIE THEM UP!!!!!
Goats are very stupid. They will walk in a circle around a tree or bush until they run out of rope and strangle themselves.
They work great for clearing land but you need sturdy pens.
We used to use 20 sixteen foot cattle panels and move them about once a week.
Tie the lens with strong wire, they will eat rope.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:36:35 PM EDT
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There are actually companies that rent goat herds for this very purpose. They could clean out 10ac in 2 days

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10 acres in two days? That's a couple hundred goats.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:38:03 PM EDT
I like a good tractor.




Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:39:01 PM EDT
Remember the Arfcommer that posted this years back?

Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:39:31 PM EDT
seriously though...

http://www.goatseatweeds.com/
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seriously though...

http://www.goatseatweeds.com/
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They eat everything. The 5 acres we cleard with them was infested with poison ivy, they did not care.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 7:42:11 PM EDT
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They eat everything. The 5 acres we cleard with them was infested with poison ivy, they did not care.
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seriously though...

http://www.goatseatweeds.com/


They eat everything. The 5 acres we cleard with them was infested with poison ivy, they did not care.


they're using them to clear scrub oak here. Scrub oak.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 8:09:19 PM EDT
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Remember the Arfcommer that posted this years back?

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v622/sirbordsalot311/image_zps8724ce69.jpg
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Not my ad, but there is seriously a Beulah about 15 miles from me....
I wonder if its the same as in the ad.
Real rural place too.....

Hmmmm
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 8:21:18 PM EDT
Not a joke:

Rent a Ruminant
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 8:23:40 PM EDT
Sure as long as there are no wolves/coyotes in the area. Why not try it?
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 8:30:10 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Mr_Happyface:

Gents,

I'm looking to buy a ten acre plot of land. It has a nice variety of trees but a ton of vines, prickler bushes (the single strand purple kind) and knee high random weeds. I'd like to open the land up a bit, right now it's so thick it's almost inaccessible in certain areas.

I'm wondering what's the best way to do this (best as in least amount of work). One friend suggested goats. He said I could tie it up with a 40 foot or so leash and let it go to town, then periodically move it and let him do the work.

I don't know shit about goats, is this a good suggestion?


Any other ideas?



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Goats will clear it,you will need sturdy fencing(preferably electric) a shelter of sorts,access to water,free choice of minerals specifically for goats,baking soda(helps digestion),and a guardian animal of some sort,either dog,donkey or llama.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 8:30:17 PM EDT
How about a goat with a dogs invisible fence and shock collar
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 8:33:23 PM EDT
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10 acres in two days? That's a couple hundred goats.
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Originally Posted By NoVaGator:
There are actually companies that rent goat herds for this very purpose. They could clean out 10ac in 2 days

10 acres in two days? That's a couple hundred goats.


270 goats + 4 days cleared 22 acres of scrub oak saplings here, on terrain you wouldn't want to walk across and you certainly couldn't drive a tractor on

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If it won't hold water, it won't hold a goat.
Link Posted: 7/3/2015 8:39:36 PM EDT
Don't forget your roof goats.

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