We are luckily free of Kudzu on our land in NC but it is VERY prevalent in areas up there. It is amazing to see ACRES covered with it,even 'drowning' the trees. Be VERY thankful you do not have this plant on your land. www.progressivefarmer.com/farmer/print/article/0,24829,1111412,00.html Kudzu Killers by By John Leidner Small ruminants are natural lawn mowers. Near pastures and timber at the University of Georgia's Griffin campus, portable electric fence netting confines a flock of sheep in a patch of kudzu. Or at least it was kudzu. In just one and a half days, these animals have completely destroyed it. Here and at other universities, researchers continue to see great potential for the use of sheep and goats to control unwanted vegetation such as kudzu, privet and brambles. They are a good alternative to herbicides and mowing. At North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus, for instance, goats are being used in a multiyear project to control kudzu. Will Getz, an animal scientist at Fort Valley State University in Georgia, points to Dick Henry of Concord, N.H., as one of the leaders in the use of small ruminants for weed control. Henry's firm, Bellwether Solutions, provides the sheep that have successfully cleared vegetation for utility companies in New Hampshire and Tallahassee, Fla. Henry charges by the acre for vegetation control, and the price generally goes down as the amount of land to be cleared increases, explains Getz. Officials with Public Service of New Hampshire say Henry's sheep are natural lawn mowers and were effective on leaves of young maple, oak, cherry and birch, which grow on the utility's rights-of-way. Getz believes sheep and goats put to such use also will need access to permanent pastures as a safety valve should the targeted vegetation become short. Sheep are good for clearing vegetation such as broadleaf weeds, legumes and grasses. But Getz says goats would be the choice if the invasive brush includes multiflora roses, briars and brambles. To suppress or eradicate vegetation, Getz says the stocking rate needs to be high-as many as 200 to 300 sheep or goats per acre. He notes that the animals may be hungry for a day or two as they completely defoliate the vegetation before being moved to a new patch of weeds. Portable electric fencing and solar-powered fence chargers make this type of vegetation control possible in remote locations.