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Goats released on Fenelon Place Elevator to control invasive plants

DUBUQUE, Iowa (KWWL) – One of eastern Iowa’s historic locations is seeing an influx of goats over Labor Day Weekend.

The goats are tasked with clearing half an acre of land over four days of invasive plants. These plants are able to obstruct the view of elevator-goers.

been taking care of the incline for generations. Steve Schadle the owner of the company says the goats have out done themselves.

Goats On The Go Dubuque sent over 20 goats to clear out the plants. The goats will munch for four days straight and will take breaks when needed.

Fenelon Place Elevator Company has”There’s about 24 hours of munching going on with the goats, and they’re doing a heck of a job,” says Schadle. “They’ve eaten up so far in 24 hours that it probably would’ve taken me three days.”

This is Schadle’s first year using this strategy. Schadle says it’s a two bird with one stone outcome.

“If we can get the task of vegetation handling done and provide some entertainment for our customers that’s great,” says Schadle.

Peg Harbaugh Co-Owner of Goats On The Go Dubuque says the goats can contribute to a restoration project. When the goats eat the plants they grind the seeds, making them unable to sprout again.

“It is really quite fascinating, it’s all natural, it’s a great alternative to burning or using chemicals, that’s why people are so crazy about it,” says Harbaugh. “They are cute which doesn’t hurt things.”

Harbaugh says this half acre of land is actually one of the goat’s smaller projects. They are used to munching down on at least an acre with nearly 40 goats. The last day to see the goats at the incline elevator will be on Labor Day.

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Vinny Lowerre

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