Prescriptive Grazing

Twin Pine Farm is happy to announce that we are now offering Prescriptive Grazing services.  What is Prescriptive Grazing?  It is the application of livestock (goats in our case) grazing at a specified area for a specified duration to achieve specified results.  Ok generic answer, I know!  Basically if you have an area that you want the brush cleaned up, our goats are your answer!  Businesses, conservation groups, farmers and government agencies (DNR) have been using Prescriptive Grazing for years successfully.   In fact, Prescriptive Grazing is one of the earliest vegetation management tools known to man!  For additional information on noxious weeds found in Iowa click here.

Why should I use goats to clear my brush?

There are numerous reasons why you should consider using goats to graze your brush areas. 

  1. Invasive species are crowding out the diverse natural species/desired vegetation of the area.
  2. Goats eat seeds that pesticides and brush mowing leave behind to grow, stop them before they start with Goats!  Goats eat from the top down, unlike cattle, so they get the seeds before they get knocked to the ground.
  3. Goats are nimble creatures that can get to places modern machinery and humans cannot get to.
  4. Having the goats clean up vegetation before it dries up can also act as fire prevention.
  5. You get the benefit of left behind natural fertilizer 

What will goats eat?

Goats are known for eating all sorts of things!  Some of the vegetation they will munch on includes: Buckthorn, Honeysuckle, Mulberry, Multiflora Rose, Oriental Bittersweet, Poison Ivy, Poison Oak, Ragweed, and various Thistles to name a few prominent species.  Click here for a listing of Edible vs Poisonous plants for goats.

How does this work?

Give us a call (563-599-8440), send us an email ( or use the contact us page on this website to request a free consultation.  We will visit your property and evaluate the location for the project.  Once we have evaluated the area and determined your goals we can provide you with a bid and timeline for the project. 

We will then come in and set up electric fence around the area to be grazed and deliver the goats.  Once in pasture we will visit the site to monitor the goats and the progress of the project.    When the goats have achieved the desired outcome we will load up the goats and take down the fencing.

Additional information and photos to come soon!  To view additional Prescriptive Grazing Projects click here.


Iowa DNR Ensign Hollow Project: Strawberry Point, IA 


Paddock 1:July 7, 2014 (BEFORE)

Paddock 2: July 20, 2014 (BEFORE)

Paddock 1:July 20, 2014 (AFTER)

Paddock 2: August 10, 2014 (AFTER)

Waterman Acreage Timber Project: Delhi, IA

 Timber: August 2, 2014 (BEFORE)

Timber: August 9, 2014 (AFTER)

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