Allan Iwanyshyn, owner of Goats On the Hoof, has a herd of seven goats chewing through problem vegetation in a garden on Rock City Road. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Goats called in to clear Nanaimo property

Goats get down to grassroots to clear Nanaimo property

Goats are rooting out a piece of problematic property in Nanaimo this week.

Linda Olsen, who has an overgrown garden plot behind her home on Rock City Road, called upon Parksville-based Goats on the Hoof Vegetation Management to clear her lot.

The company, which has done work for the city and other clients in Nanaimo, applies goats instead of machinery to trim troublesome weeds. Goats will gobble down just about anything, including blackberries and broom, on any terrain. Olsen said she opted on ruminants to help her re-establish a garden, which is located on uneven ground and has a couple of goldfish ponds, because goats offered a novel approach to the problem.

“It’s a novelty, just something different,” Olsen said. “The prickles are too big for me to get in there with a weed eater and I thought about it and thought, geez, maybe that would work better,” Olsen said.

Allan Iwansyshyn, Goats On the Hoof owner, estimated the job would take about three days to complete.

Just Posted

Ladysmith Senior Boys come up big to reach Island Championship

Ladysmith Secondary’s back-and-forth rivalry this season with the Highland Raiders came to… Continue reading

B.C. freestyle skier wins gold

Cassie Sharpe of Comox shines in the halfpipe

Truck and taxi cab collide in Cedar

Accident happened Monday, Feb. 19 at about 2:15 p.m. on Harmac Road

Crash on Cedar Road detours traffic

Ford Taurus and GMC Sierra involved in collision in front of Cedar General Store

Ladysmith business applies for new building expansion downtown

Two homes on Kitchener Street would be demolished to make way for new Shar-Kare

WATCH: Vancouver Island man catches dashcam video of near head-on crash

Video shows oncoming van cross over centre line

Virtue and Moir end ice dance careers with Olympic gold

Virtue and Moir’s gold medal win at the Olympics makes them the world’s most decorated figure skaters

Canadians find living in small spaces teaches creativity

Canadian families choosing to live in small spaces to bring closeness to children

Emergency crews rescue pregnant woman after fall on mountain near Victoria

Roughly four-hour-long rescue includes firefighters from two departments

Nanaimo RCMP looking for suspect in alleged bank robbery

Police say a man robbed the Terminal Park TD Bank at about 3:40 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17

SAR suspends search for missing man at Sun Peaks

RCMP will continue to search for a missing man near Kamloops but SAR has suspended their role

Lottery will help save children’s lives

Each ticket gets you a chance to win a lot of money, while helping a lot of kids

B.C. RCMP officer officially cleared in car wash shooting incident

A report found the Salmon Arm officer fired 14 bullets at the man’s truck

Wounded Warrior Run stops in Port McNeill

For Jacqueline Zweng, the Wounded Warrior Run is a personal matter.

Most Read