Goats enjoy Christmas treat

CHAMPAIGN,Ill. (WCIA) -- In the cold winter months animals will take what they can get.

Did you know goats have a diverse diet? There's not much they won't eat.

One plant happens to be their favorite. And this time of year you see a lot of people pitching them out.

The holidays have come and gone -- and it's time to throw your Christmas tree out. Are you going to put it at the curb? Or feed it to a goat? 

"Goats like a diverse diet, but one of their favorites is the Christmas tree.'     

Wes Jarrell runs Prairie Fruits Farm and Creamery in Champaign. He has more than 100 goats to feed. It just so happens evergreens are a fan favorite.

"They like the pitch and the leaves and they eat the twigs to and it helps some of their digestion." 

"It will keep the goats happy and give them something to do for quite a while." 

Come March all of these does will be giving birth. Jarrell wants to make sure they've gotten plenty to eat.

'It's important to keep them moving around and interested in eating." 

Deer are one of the only other animals who like to chomp down on the trees.

"There's not much else I would say that would get excited about eating a Christmas tree." 

The farm hopes before most people decide to pitch their old tree -- they think of feeding these furry friends.

"We'll take it we'll feed as many as we can then and then we'll stock pile the rest and gradually feed them out." 

Saturday they are inviting people to come and drop off their trees. They will be open from 12 to 3 pm. People will even get the chance to feed the goats themselves. 

The location is 4410 North Lincoln Avenue in Champaign. All they ask is the trees have no added paints or anything left on them. 
 


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