The last nubians I had were extremely found of eating poison ivy. I was always careful not to handle them for a least a day or two after I brought them in from that area...that was tough to do considering I couldn't stop fast without having one of them bump into my backside. I've heard that goats has a natural enzyme in their coats that neutralizes the orushiol, the irritant in poison ivy which causes the blisters. Has anyone else heard this? Supposely, the goats would be safe to handle after a short period of time without the fear of getting poison ivy. I would wash up really well anyway but a small exposure sure beats having it rubbed all over you. I'm asking because I have recently found a very large patch of ivy next to one of the fields. I'm not very found of using chemicals, especially in the quanity needed to remove such a large patch. I'm also not very keen on the idea of removing all the vines by hand if I can avoid it. I am currently 'between goats' if you will but am considering getting some in the spring...quiet ones mind you, not nubians! I had hoped to use the goats to clear out some fairly large areas of brush, including the areas with the poison ivy. I won't have to worry about milking if I get wethers of unfreshened does during the spring & figure they should be OK if I rotate them in different pastures so they don't eat too much ivy at a time...will they get sick if they eat too much? Any advice will be very helpful...there is not a lot of information out there on this topic...besides, experience is always the best teacher. Thanks.