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In April of this year, our family starting keeping goats. Our family decided to keep goats for a few reasons:
- Poison Ivy - We have a great deal of poison ivy on our property and wanted a natural solution for poison ivy removal. Goats are the only animals that will eat poison ivy. The added benefit is that goats are also mobile and we can take them to our neighbors property to also remove poison ivy.
- Pest deterrent - Last year, we had to have several groundhogs disposed of. They we ruining our land and eating our neighbor's gardens. Keeping goats on the land will deter any new pests from overtaking the unused land.
- Lactose intolerance - Goat milk is a great solution for those in our family with lactose intolerance. We have used the milk ourselves and have freely given it to others. We have no intentions on selling the milk.
- Teaching Responsibility to our children - Goats require daily care. Our milking goat requires twice daily milking. We have taught the children to care for the goats. They are responsible, at times, for bringing food and water. With supervision, we have also taught them how to properly milk.
Our town has asked us to remove the goats from the property because we have 2.17 acres instead of the required 3 acres. According to The University of Illinois, "Poor ground may support 2-4 goats per acre while better pasture may be able to support 6-8 goats per acre."(https://goo.gl/vcbxzc) We are asking to keep just two goats on 2.17 acres. Please help us show the Town of Mendon that allowing us to keep and care for our goats would be beneficial.
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