University of Richmond welcomes its second herd of goats to campus

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As students at the University of Richmond are finishing the semester, another group of “kids” are just beginning their assignment. 

On Tuesday, the university welcomed its second herd of goats to campus to clear away unwanted vegetation. 

“Goat browsing is an environmentally-friendly landscape management practice that reduces the need for herbicide and gas-powered equipment,” the university said in a media release.

The goats come from Chesterfield County business RVA Goats and Honey. They will eat away invasive plant species, such as kudzu, poison ivy and English ivy, UR said.

Last April, more than 100 goats roamed on campus and cleared out unwanted vegetation, while also kicking off the university’s new Eco-Corridor project. 

“Last year’s kids received an A+ for their speed and accuracy,” UR said. This time the herd will clear invasive species around several holes on UR’s disc golf course, which may put their focus and drive to complete the assignment to the test.”

The university also has a ‘Goat Cam‘ on their website, so you can track the herd’s progress this spring. 

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