Goats on Campus

Goat browsing is an environmentally-friendly landscape management practice that reduces the need for herbicide and gas-powered equipment. Goats have visited campus three times since the construction of the Eco-Corridor.

Last on campus in October 2021, goats from the local business RVA Goats and Honey worked to clear invasive plants like porcelain berry, English ivy, Japanese stilt grass, and other hard to manage non-natives from the Eco-Corridor. In late Spring 2019, the goats cleared invasives from an area between the sorority cottages, the Westhampton Tennis Courts, and from behind the Modlin Center and Lora Robins. The herd also cleared unwanted vegetatino and invasive plant species in record time and paved the way for the subsequent stream restoration work that was completed in Fall 2019. Goats from the local company Goat Busters first helped out with invasive plant removal on campus back in April 2018 during the the first phase of construction for the Eco-Corridor.

Using Goats for Your Landscaping Needs

When clearing overgrown areas, goat browsing results in fewer greenhouse gas emissions and eliminates the need for herbicides that can harm pollinators. Both companies the University has used for invasive species removal, Goat Busters and RVA Goats and Honey, rent out goats for landscaping at commercial and residential areas. If you're interested in having goats help landscape your yard, you can contact the companies for quotes.