Graniterock uses grazing for grass management
Graniterock is implementing new and eco-friendly weed management solution for its Santa Cruz Sand Plant: goats.
The solution, known as “prescribed grazing” uses a herd of goats to cut down on non-native annual grasses on the site without the need for excessive equipment and herbicides. The goats’ grazing also enhances the area’s habitat for the endangered California Red-Legged Frog.
Before starting the project, Graniterock referred to the Grazing Handbook from the State Coastal Conservency and Sotoyome Resource Conservation District, where the company learned about the animals’ impact, the type of animal needed, grazing period and how many animals would be needed.
And Graniterock isn’t the only company using this grazing technique. It’s catching on elsewhere, like Chicago. Our sister site, Total Landscape Care, today reported that the city is using a herd of 25 goats as a landscaping method.
It’s no wonder the goats have become so popular. The method is cost-effective, produces minimum impact and relies on little to no machinery, equipment or herbicides.
A guard dog and her puppies are also on site at the Santa Cruz Sand Plant to watch the herd of goats.
From our partners
Developing a solid relationship with Demolition Technologies Specialized Services enables Crushing Tigers and Sandvik Construction to impact the demolition and…
MORE FROM Aggbeat Online
SUBSCRIBE & FOLLOW
- VIDEO: World conference discusses Lafarge-Holcim merger455 Views
- Controversial quarry granted permit by Indiana Department of Natural Resources444 Views
- PHOTOS: Reclamation photo contest entries showcase post-mining opportunities402 Views
- Loader operator dies after sand avalanche at Massachusetts sand and gravel company380 Views
- The final Waters of the U.S. rule has been released to the Federal Register370 Views