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No kidding: Code allows prescribed grazing

A City ordinance adopted in June allows the use of goats for managing vegetation in natural areas, such as the Minnesota River Valley. 

“The new ordinance is meant to allow goats as a management tool to control unwanted vegetation or invasive species in natural areas that are difficult to access with equipment,” Assistant Maintenance Superintendent Dave Hanson said. “Typically they’ll be used in places that are too steep to mow.” 

This is the first time goats and prescribed grazing have been addressed in a City ordinance. There are specific health and welfare regulations including housing, watering and waste disposal guidelines in the ordinance. Using goats for prescribed grazing is not allowed on sites less than one acre. The ordinance is not intended to allow the raising or keeping of goats as farm or domestic animals. An annual or temporary commercial animal license is also required. 

To read the ordinance, visit