Goats keep the weeds down
by Maddy Houk | Patterson Irrigator
Apr 16, 2014 | 971 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
---Courtesy of Karen Willard
---Courtesy of Karen Willard
At first glance, Patterson residents who drive on streets between Ward Avenue and Cliff Swallow may think they are seeing things.

They are not.

Forty goats have been grazing along Salado Creek since April 9 for the Green Weed Abatement Challenge to keep weeds down without using chemicals.

Victorio Tostado, the city’s wastewater manager, said the goats would be moved to another area in a few days as soon as their job is done.

“We put them out there instead of using chemicals to control weeds,” Tostado said. “They’ll stay out there a few weeks until they finish eating the weeds and then we’ll move them to another area. We’re trying to cover the areas where there are waterways so the waterways don’t get contaminated with chemicals.”

The goats, owned by local farmer Jorge Gonzalez, are well cared for, as neighbors are making sure they are well hydrated. The goats spend their nights at the retention pond. One of the neighbors, Karen Willard, who lives on Barros Avenue, said she enjoys the four-legged creatures outside her door each day.

“It’s been really fun,” Willard said. “I’m gong to miss them.”

A flyer from the city of Patterson states the goats are fully supervised during their feedings and are fenced in. The animals have also been used successfully at the city’s Water Quality Control Facility for several months with great results.

Contact Maddy Houk at 892-6187, ext. 22, or maddy@pattersonirrigator.com.
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