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  • How do I add a new question & answer?
    To add a new FAQ follow these steps: 1. Click “Manage FAQs” button 2. From your site’s dashboard you can add, edit and manage all your questions and answers 3. Each question and answer should be added to a category 4. Save and publish.
  • Why are goats better than herbicides and mechanical vegetation removal?
    Herbicides can be dangerous for the environment and people, and they are not effective in the long term. Goats, however, eat the weeds and seed heads, keeping the weeds from coming back. The goats churn the soil with their hooves, aerating it, and fertilize the land with their manure. By eating the noxious weeds, they enhance the soil for native plants and increase ecological variety. Mechanical elimination is not always possible in steep and inaccessible terrain, but goats are agile and can easily access these areas. They do not compact the soil or cause erosion, nor do they compete with the native ecosystem because their grazing is managed and short-term.
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    Yes. To add media follow these steps: 1. Enter the app’s Settings 2. Click on the “Manage FAQs” button 3. Select the question you would like to add media to 4. When editing your answer click on the camera, video, or GIF icon 5. Add media from your library.
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    You can edit the title from the Settings tab in the app. If you don’t want to display the title, simply disable the Title under “Info to Display”.
  • Will the vegetation grow back?
    The goats may need to return to a site, depending on the life cycle of the weeds. By using a grazing plan, weeds can be eliminated at different times of the year to reduce the seed bank on the land. It can take 1-5 years to eliminate most of the weeds, but results will be seen soon after the goats finish grazing.
  • How do you keep the goats where you want them?
    I will set up a temporary electric netting fence that is powered by a solar battery. Any areas that you do not want to be eaten will be blocked off.
  • Do you stay with the goats? Do the goats stay overnight?
    I will check on the goats twice a day, morning and evening. The goats will stay in their trailer overnight, so I will let them out in the morning and put them in in the evening. They will have hay and water available at all times.
  • What kind of sites do you service?
    I can set up on one-half acre to 20 acres, although acreage greater than one acre will need to be subdivided as the goats finish each acre.
  • What do the goats eat? What can they NOT eat?
    Goats eat most invasive weeds, including poison ivy, kudzu, knotweed, wisteria, oriental bittersweet, multiflora rose, Japanese honeysuckle, phragmites, and reed grass. They generally eat from upper to lower down to six inches above the ground. They will eat grass if nothing else is available, but much prefer brush. Some plants are toxic to goats, and the goats usually will not eat them. But I still try to eliminate anything dangerous in their area. This includes mountain laurel, azalea, nightshade leaves (tomato, foxglove, etc.), pokeweed, wild black cherry, rhododendron, black locust, horse nettle, and Indian poke, and others. Most are only toxic in large amounts. Goats love treats, but they should be given in moderation. Animal crackers, tortillas, apples, pears, mangoes, ripe bananas (peel included), cantaloupe, and watermelon are some of their favorites.
  • What area do you serve?
    I serve the Northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia that is within 25 miles of Stephens City. Areas 20-50 miles away will have a mileage charge added. Areas included within the 25 miles include Gore, Clear Brook, Shawneeland, Gainsboro, Albin, Stephenson, Kernstown, Berryville, Boyce, Millwood, White Post, Middletown, Strasburg, Front Royal, Toms Brook, Woodstock, and Bentonville.
  • Can I play with the goats and give them treats?
    Please do not go into the fence or call the goats over to the fence unless I or a representative is present. When I am there I will turn off the fence so you can feed them treats. Animal crackers, sliced apples or pears, or melon wedges are some of their favorites.
  • How much does it cost?
    The cost will vary according to the number of acres, steepness of the slope, vegetation type and density, access to water, and the time of year. The setup will usually take about 4 hours and is $500 if within 25 miles of Stephens City. The cost per day is $200, or $1200 per week, with a 2-day minimum. If the fence path must be cleared it will cost $50/person/hour. You will be charged $300 per animal if the goats are stolen or harmed, plus the cost of the vet bill.
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    An FAQ section can be used to quickly answer common questions about you or your business, such as “Where do you ship to?”, “What are your opening hours?” or “How can I book a service?” It’s a great way to help people navigate your site and can even boost your site’s SEO.
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