"They're a lot of fun, I enjoy them, we sit there and laugh at them because they play" said Marilyn Campbell. That's just a few of the many reasons why Marilyn Campbell loves her goats at her home on AlyMar Goat Farm. Marilyn and her husband have been raising goats for the last 8 years and sell them for show, milk and grazing. But lately their goats have served a different purpose, as personal Christmas tree disposals. "When we take a new tree in there, they just come over and just mob it" said Al Campbell.
When Christmas trees were being sold the Campbells visited the tree lots and happily took left over clippings home to their goats, helping ensure nothing went to waste. Now that Christmas is over, they're collecting trees to feed to their herd of 20. The goats love them, and the Campbells say it's an eco-friendly way to dispose of the trees helping keep them out of landfills. " Within a day or two days, the whole tree will be gone" said Al. Marilyn added that " There's not very much that goes to waste around here".
Even when the goats are done eating the tree, the Campbells will burn the remains and the goats will then roll in the ashes which act as a natural flea, tick and bug repellant. " The needles too are very medicinal for the goats because it's a natural de-wormer" explained Al.
But the Campbells aren't the only ones doing their part to help recycle the disposed of Christmas trees. Each year local boy scouts visit neighborhoods and pick up trees that are left on curbs. The trees are then used to provide natural habitat for fish in local lakes. This year boy scouts will be picking up left out Christmas trees on January 8th at 8 a.m.