Field day will feature CALS research on brush-eating goats

Remember those goats chomping on buckthorn, honeysuckle and black locust behind the School of Human Ecology construction site a couple of weeks back? If you’ve got your own briar patch, you might be interested in a field day next week at the DNR Yellowstone Wildlife Area, located in Lafayette County between Blanchardville and Darlington. The event will feature grazing goat research being conducted by landscape architecture professor John Harrington and graduate students Julia Ela and Katie Baumann. Goats are being used at the DNR site to control brush regrowth after logging, and the CALS team is studying the impact the billys, nannies and kids are having on native vegetation. It was a newspaper article on that project that gave a construction engineer the idea to use goats to clean up the Human Ecology site. The field day takes place Weds. Aug. 17 from 10 a.m.–3 p.m., with presentations at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.