Goats chow on ivy at OSU

      CORVALLIS, Ore. - A goat herd is chomping its way through an ivy patch in front of the Crop Sciences Building at Oregon State University.

      Briana Murphy said it'll take her herd of 30 goats about a week to eat through the ivy.

      Murphy said goats are a good landscaping option because they can clean out an undesired plant but won't hurt wildlife like bees or other bugs.

      She also said the client doesn't have to dispose of any of the plant material, like you would if you pulled them out.

      Instead, all waste simple becomes fertilizer.

      Goats won't eat the vines, however, so there will have to be a bit of manual removal. But she said the job is much less hazardous after all vegetation is removed.