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Goat browsing and buckthorn management

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Date

Add to Calendar 2024-05-30 19:30:00 2024-05-30 21:00:00 Goat browsing and buckthorn management Join us for a webinar to showcase research on goat browsing and buckthorn control.Using small ruminants, particularly goats, for invasive plant species control is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, chemical and mechanical methods. Browsing animals to control invasive buckthorn allows land managers to avoid or reduce herbicide use, implement control on steep slopes unsuitable for mechanical equipment, and treat large areas where implementing control methods by hand is not feasible.Common buckthorn is the invasive species of focus for researchers and ecologists, as it dominates many woodlands, grasslands and urban areas throughout the Midwest. Once removed by goats or other means, research recommends preventing the return of buckthorn by establishing dense covers of native plants to fill the void.SpeakersSara Nelson, natural resources specialist at Dakota County Parks.Tiffany Wolf, assistant professor of ecosystem health at the College of Veterinary Medicine and co-director of the Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach at the University of Minnesota.Mike Schuster, researcher in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and member of the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center.The webinar is presented by University of Minnesota Extension, North Dakota State University Extension and the Sustainable Farming Association. America/Chicago public

Time

Central time

Location

Webinar

Contact

Brenda Miller, nels4220@umn.edu or 320-533-4655

Join us for a webinar to showcase research on goat browsing and buckthorn control.

Using small ruminants, particularly goats, for invasive plant species control is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, chemical and mechanical methods. Browsing animals to control invasive buckthorn allows land managers to avoid or reduce herbicide use, implement control on steep slopes unsuitable for mechanical equipment, and treat large areas where implementing control methods by hand is not feasible.

Common buckthorn is the invasive species of focus for researchers and ecologists, as it dominates many woodlands, grasslands and urban areas throughout the Midwest. Once removed by goats or other means, research recommends preventing the return of buckthorn by establishing dense covers of native plants to fill the void.

Speakers

  • Sara Nelson, natural resources specialist at Dakota County Parks.
  • Tiffany Wolf, assistant professor of ecosystem health at the College of Veterinary Medicine and co-director of the Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach at the University of Minnesota.
  • Mike Schuster, researcher in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and member of the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center.

The webinar is presented by University of Minnesota Extension, North Dakota State University Extension and the Sustainable Farming Association.

Audience

Sheep and goat farmers, ag business professionals, 4-H and FFA youth, and anyone interested in goats or sheep

Language

This offering is delivered in English. Interpreter services may be available with an advance request.

Cost

Free

Accessibility 

University of Minnesota Extension is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services, and activities. To request accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact Brenda Miller, nels4220@umn.edu, two weeks before the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Registration

Registration is required to receive the link to the webinar.

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