UM Radrick Farms Golf Course using goats for weed control

Submitted by UMProud on July 23rd, 2015 at 8:58 AM

The University of Michigan golf course rented 10 Boer goats to help control and remove invasive plants this year.

"Dan Mausolf, the course's superintendent, and a member of the Michigan Golf Course Superintendent Association, said Radrick Farms is the only course in Michigan to use goats for vegetative management."

Source: MLive 7/23/15

http://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/index.ssf/2015/07/michigans_goat_caddyshack.html


 

 

Comments

OlafThe5Star

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:44 AM ^

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rob f

July 23rd, 2015 at 2:55 PM ^

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oriental andrew

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:37 AM ^

They use goats (and llamas, sheep, and burros) in the less accessible areas at O'hare International Airport. 

http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/08/28/o-hare-airport-home-goats-lla…

 

Andolino says animals do the job better than mowing equipment because the terrain can get a little rough. And, it’s better for the environment.

“There's heavy rocks, and it’s an embankment so getting machines to mow this would be a challenge,” she said.

Blue Since B.C.

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:05 AM ^

Can't wait to play Radrick, and the UofM course again, now that they've opened them up to non-students/faculty.

Also love seeing goats and sheep on a golf course. Whistling Straits has sheep who typically roam on the back 9's of Straits/Irish. Really cool to see them out there, "mowing" the grass.

jblaze

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:12 AM ^

Wouldn't the goats eat the grass along with the weeds? If not, this sounds like an awesome business opportunity for "organic, natural lawn care"!

sportsfreak0819

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:19 AM ^

I have played there a few times this summer. 

They have had the goats for about a month or so now; They have them fenced in at certain points on the course (they can roam just not on the actual course--otherwise you are right they would destroy the course too). It was amazing to see the changes from even one week to the next with how much the goats ate!

 

oriental andrew

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:40 AM ^

Our neighbor has goats in a fenced off area. They rarely have to mow that section. Owner is a vet, so they also have chickens, dogs, an iguana, and some fish. 

We also have 4 chickens. We generally only have to buy eggs during the winter, when egg production slows down to maybe 1 a day between the 4 birds. Otherwise, we average 3-4 eggs per day during spring/summer/fall. 

hailtothevictors08

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:25 AM ^

I would never start a thread for this, but if anyone with eligibility is ever in need of an extra graduate student to complete their foursome, I know of a certain mgoblogger who would be thankful to join. I have never had the opportunity to play Radrick and it is one of my goals while back here for grad school. 

 
I am not an amazing golfer (handicap of 19-20) however I have been playing the student course 4ish times a week so at least I play a lot. 

Btown Wolverine

July 23rd, 2015 at 9:36 AM ^

I LOVE this. Perhaps it stems from my hatred of waking up early on Saturday mornings as a child to go mow the lawn...but it's still awesome.

I wonder what the downsides are. I guess they have to worry about cleaning up the goat poo and whatnot.

RationalBuckeye

July 23rd, 2015 at 10:54 AM ^

This has been my summer job for roughly 3 years.

I'd imagine in areas that are seen by the populous they still have to use string trimmers and chemicals to control weeds to polish the areas off aesthetically.
Golfers, in my experience are extremely picky about how the courses look, which is why so many chemical applications are common on golf courses, explaining the high prevalence for cancer in golf course management.

Woodstock Wolverine

July 23rd, 2015 at 10:02 AM ^

Awesome!

I'm a golf course Superintendent in New York and think this is a great idea. Way to busy to manage out of play areas but this could be a solution. Keeping nasty invasive weeds out of the wood line will help with pace of play and aesthetics. Will bring this up at next meeting! Wonder what the cost is?

xtramelanin

July 23rd, 2015 at 10:04 AM ^

and you can harvest them at the end of their life cycle and make some $.  however, where goats leave little 'nanny berries' when they dump, our cows tend to leave stuff that could make a golf cart stick to it like fly paper.