Goats At A Local Winnipeg Farm Want Your Old Christmas Trees To Eat & Play With
It's a special holiday treat!
After the holidays are done it's time to get rid of your tree and sometimes people recycle them instead of just throwing them away. If you're in Manitoba, you can recycle your tree in a super unique way and make some furry friends very happy. This goat farm in Winnipeg will take your Christmas trees for the creatures to eat and enjoy.
There are a lot of options when it comes to getting rid of your Christmas tree. Even when it comes to just recycling, there are so many different ways you can do it.
You've probably never thought of goats when it comes time to toss your tree out but maybe you should start to.
Aurora Farm in Winnipeg will dispose of your real Christmas centrepiece by giving it to their farm animals to eat. It's a unique and definitely green way to get rid of your evergreen.
"Goats are actually browsers, they're called, instead of grazers, so given the choice, they'll always eat trees," Aynsleigh Kerchak of Aurora Farm told 680 CJOB.
The solar-powered family farm gets hundreds of donations every year and their small herd of dairy goats love to chomp on the evergreens so much that this is their "favourite time of year."
"They will eat trees down to the bark. They enjoy eating the bark, they enjoy eating the needles so you kind of have to keep it a special treat for them unless you want all of your trees to be gone," said Kerchak.
Aurora Farm's goats have been enjoying the special seasonal treat for more than a decade but only recently have they started getting them as donations.
The trees aren't just used for eating. The goats also use them for scratching. Plus, the needles have health benefits too, giving the goats a health boost and de-worming them too.
Even if the goats don't eat all of the trees in the winter, the leftovers still don't go to waste.
The farm will use anything remaining from the donations in the spring as wood chips for their gardens.
You can drop your Christmas tree off from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.