Stewardship: Brush to Product & Going Green

now this is the 22nd annual stewardship day with the focus of brush to product in going green they're going to be demonstrating goat skin bill fuelbreaks as well as maintain fuelbreaks and have opportunity for return from the animal to pay some of the cost probably twelve feet high and then we didn't have goats on here we had goats on at the first year after they've all Unchained it they kept it under control they eat it right down to the crown then we hadn't had goats on here for until this last fall and this was three feet high it grows about a foot a year so it was right up to your chest so now you see what level it is it's down probably what foot foot and a half so these weren't fenced in here it was just natural selection it was a hurting situation so they kind of herd them here but then if you look where they offer their camp site is there that was all looked like this day before yesterday and now you probably can't find any sprouts at all where they're kind of camped out here you can hide all of you in that fresh patch over there very easily quite all of you and most of you could stand up and still be hit there two and three and four year old weathers they'll eat about three percent of their body weight in dry matter this brush is at about twenty five percent dry matter right now so they're eating about twelve pounds a day for a hundreds pound animal most of these weigh maybe close to 200 pounds some of them so they're eating anywhere from 15 to 24 pounds of rice there's probably about a thousand hit in there maybe a little bit more and if you figure that out even at 12 pounds per day thousand head 12,000 pounds six tons they'll consume six tons of biomass a day pretty easily and do well on it now you also notice that you're not noticing feeding frenzy in here unfortunately we didn't design it quite right but if we'd held them back from feed a little longer so that they were really hungry you would have got feeding frenzy activity which if you plump from a big family and and your mom says okay it's time to eat if you didn't put your fork in there right away guess what you went hungry they go to the same scenario and they actually eat more under that scenario than they do with just casual crazy because they say oh my god my buddy's going to get all that good stuff then it's interesting to watch up there at the top you might see some team activity you have to see some and the four or five six or eight or ten will get together on one little brush area see that stuff is well probably 10 feet high up there they'll crush it down push it down and they kind of take turns the ones that are crushing can't eat very well the other ones eat and then they kind of take turns and crushing that brush so you've got hoof actions going on there that is if you get excited animal behavior particularly your brink and stem see those up there that high stuff up there at the top they'll be in there for another hour – and that'll be gone they'll get up there and push that down and eat that and then they if I don't know where you notice coming up if you saw any mancini that I didn't point it out manzanita del girdle it so on the way down and when we walk back look at the manzanita bushes on left and right most of them are curved old even the big ones and those will die next year because they'll pull that bark off of there and get into the cambium layer the other thing about goats and I'll just make this little presentation now since the fella that was supposed to give their yeah the marketing of goats and the quality of the goat meat will make this long but goat name is the highest red meat at the market place in America these it runs about a dollar 40 cents a pound if you can find it higher than lamb higher than beef higher than any other now that's $40 40 cents a pound live weight live weight its honor 40 cents a pound live weight and so what steers right now are around but a buck maybe but again cheaper running about 120 and it's raised the demand for go tonight is raising anywhere from 10 to 12 percent a year everybody knows why it probably tremendous ethnic change in America and most of that ethnic groups that is coming on strong somewheres raised on goat meat our love goat meat so the demand for coat need is very very very high what about the quality of the meat for human consumption it's the highest omega-3 red meat on the market highest red meat omega-3 red meat on the market the meat quality is about the same as venison as far as healthy meat product so it has a lot of potential for this diabetes this obesity this all in this kind of stuff that's going on the other thing we're convinced that over a period of time and adaptation that goats could be completely self sustainable for biomass control we've got to work out the kinks we're about we're about back down I could kind of compare it to before Henry Ford got into the automobile business we're still dicking around to try to get an assembly-line process for using these goats to take down biomass we know for sure that we've got to adapt these animals to do the job we want in a through genetic selection we also know we've got to have not only the weather's that are the brush Buster's but we've got to have a reproductive herd working out there I mean we kept our reproductive herb working in the brush for 10 months these guys you'll see laughs you'll see kids out there right some of those kids are only a week old and so this herd is much more adapted than the herd we were working with they've been adapting this herd for about five or six years much more adapted than ones we had we had a thousand head and we we we took green goats basically that didn't know anything about the mountains and it took us three years to start to adapt them to be able to do this kind of a job these guys when they moved on even though they didn't know the brush they went to work right away they went to work right away the other thing that absolutely amazed me is they're kids within seven days we're following their mamas and brushing up to two to three miles from the headquarters so they're going to move them to sections over up to that section up there hard to see through the dust now but you can see how tall it is looking at him standing in it it's over his head [Applause] in that period of time it's hard in about 200 no no there's there's a foul there's an over a thousand yeah yeah way to put in one more but there wasn't room creating patterns as the weather changes they like to go out though early in the morning generally speaking they let are in the morning in the summer well in summary this is what it looked like before and this is what it looked like after they were in here for about two hours about a thousand head on about a quarter of an acre also notice the steepness here of this area and we can look across the canyon to get a level shot there's a level shot and here's a downhill shot may not look too steep on the video but I had a heck of a time getting up here the other thing that wasn't evident from a distance was the mount of girdling that took place here these plants will die as their girdled down cleared the cambium later just another shot of some of the girdling it happened hidden here with a two-hour graze or browse they didn't miss a little bit up very high but if you'd left him in here for another 30 minutes say to clean that up also 50 feet down the ridge normally we're not going to see that in activity because we're looking at it at the curve and you don't see over half of this opportunity it runs about $200 the nature to do volunteering if it's long run if you've got to cross a lot of live streams and you've got a lot of folks just look with did it cost you probably around $300 an acre to do it now let's the McHale gets on the ground now he's thought in second gear right there but he's going to go to loan here pretty quick does that change gonna pull hard below [Applause] yeah that's a different ball

12 thoughts on “Stewardship: Brush to Product & Going Green

  1. Grasses and forbs have a chance to make a healthy sod with active, life-brimming soil because the goats prefer brush and browsing. That machine? Instant erosion.

  2. Something doesn't make any sense if you let the goats to completely destroy the bush what will they feed on the coming years?

  3. That machine seems brutal and unnecessary. Seen much less invasive methods with faster results. Go with nature not against it. 

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