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Goats to help prevent wildfires in Nevada City
Prescriptive grazing can cost $500-$1,000 per acre and around 200 goats can knock down an acre a day.
City council seeking goats to graze greenbelt

Nevada City council is seeking funds to get a cohort of goats to graze over 450 acres of greenbelt, in a bid to reduce the risk of wildfires.

A GoFundMe page has already garnered over $20,000 out of the $30,000 target.

Goats will graze on bushes, trees and manzanita, while sheep graze on grass.

The move comes after unprecedented fires in California, particularly Paradise. However, time is of the essence, as local ranchers have already rented out their goats and sheep for the spring, summer and autumn, so the project must be carried out this winter.

Prescriptive grazing can cost $500-$1,000 per acre and around 200 goats can knock down an acre a day. The council is prioritising where the risk is at its highest.

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Hen charity starts work on first rehoming centre

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 The British Hen Welfare Trust (BHWT) has begun work on its first hen welfare and education centre. Located in north Devon, the 250 square metre building will comprise a state-of-the-art rehoming centre and fully equipped veterinary clinic.

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Former RCVS president to chair new Horse Welfare Board

Former RCVS president Barry Johnson has been appointed as the independent chair of a new Horse Welfare Board. Barry, who is also past chairman of World Horse Welfare, was selected by an industry panel including the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association and The Horsemenís Group.

The welfare board aims to develop a new welfare strategy covering the whole racing industry. Mr Johnson said: ďIím very pleased to have been asked by racing to take on this role and by the sportís commitment to continuous improvement in the welfare of racehorses."