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Victor Harbor council turns to goats as ‘instrument in weed management’ for invasive blackberry

Goats are being trialled as a instrument to assist eradicate blackberries and cut back using herbicides for controlling the invasive weed.

Blackberry, a weed of nationwide significance, can develop in very prickly, impenetrable thickets and attain as much as 7 metres in peak.

As one of South Australia’s declared vegetation, blackberry threatens major manufacturing by invading bushland and pastures, with landowners legally answerable for coping with vegetation on their property.

Most livestock will not eat blackberry vegetation they usually can shortly take over native vegetation, dominating the bottom and cover round them.

That is the case for the native reserves in Victor Harbor on the south coast of SA’s Fleurieu Peninsula.

Whereas herbicides are the commonest management technique for blackberries in Australia, residents have requested the Metropolis of Victor Harbor to cut back its use of chemical weed killers.

The council’s chief government Victoria MacKird stated its surroundings crew instructed trialling using goats for controlling the pest.


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