Strategies for Managing Buckthorn Webinar

05/30/2024 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM CT


Hosted by NDSU/UMN Extension and Sustainable Farming Association


North Dakota State University Extension and University of Minnesota Extension with the Sustainable Farming Association are hosting a webinar for producers to learn more about utilizing goat browsing and other control methods for Buckthorn.

“Utilizing small ruminants, particularly goats as a means for invasive plant species control is becoming increasingly popular as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, chemical and mechanical methods,” says Sabrina Florentino, Alternative Livestock Systems educator for UMN Extension. “The use of goats in the control of invasive buckthorn (Ramnus cathartica) is appealing as a restoration strategy,” explains Dr. Tiffany Wolf. “It allows land managers to avoid or reduce herbicide use, implement control on steep slopes unsuitable for mechanical equipment, and treat large areas where implementing control methods by hand is not feasible.”

Common buckthorn is the invasive species of focus for researchers and ecologists as “it dominates many woodlands, grasslands, and urban areas throughout the Midwestern U.S.,” notes Sara Nelson. Once removed by goats or other means, the question remains of how to prevent the return of Buckthorn. Dr. Mike Schuster proposes “establishing dense covers of native plants to fill the void left by removed Buckthorn.”

“Goat producers and landowners alike are interested in learning the opportunities of goat browsing for invasive species control,” says Brenda Miller, UMN Extension livestock educator.

Join us for a webinar to showcase the University of Minnesota research on goat browsing and Buckthorn control. Sara Nelson, Natural Resources Specialist at Dakota County Parks, Dr. Tiffany Wolf assistant professor of Ecosystem Health at the College of Veterinary Medicine and co-director of the Minnesota Center for Prion Research and Outreach at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Mike Schuster, researcher in the Department of Forest Resources at the University of Minnesota and member of the Minnesota Invasive Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center will share findings from their research and their expertise on goat browsing and Buckthorn control for producers and landowners.

Pre-registration is required and available at: or .
Zoom link will be emailed to participants upon registration.
Those unable to attend the live session will receive the recording via email.

For additional information, please contact Brenda Miller at or Travis Hoffman at