Georgia sheep flock takes on kudzu

They also eat poison ivy

ATLANTA — A kudzu-eating flock of sheep is being used in Georgia to help control the fast-spreading plant before it overtakes fields, yards and other areas.

WXIA-TV reports that Brian Cash is a local shepherd who runs a service using plant-eating sheep and goats to clear kudzu and other unwanted vegetation — a problem across much of the South.

Cash says the animals also eat poison ivy.

Dunwoody resident Kevin Brown said he'd heard of sheep being used to control vegetation and prevent wildfires in California. So he sought help from Cash's herd to help clear his suburban Atlanta backyard. Brown said the animals are devouring the poison ivy first.

Cash says he provides a temporary fence to keep the animals from wandering, and the homeowner provides them with water.

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