Bucksport farm taking in old Christmas trees for their goats

They’re great for goats, it helps the farmers and spending time with the goats is fun for all ages
Goats get great nutritional value from Christmas trees.
Goats get great nutritional value from Christmas trees.(WABI)
Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 7:15 PM EST
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BUCKSPORT, Maine (WABI) - If you’re wondering what to do with your Christmas tree now that the holidays are over, here’s an idea:

Feed it to the goats!

People are encouraged to bring their once fresh cut trees to local farms with goats like this one in Bucksport.

The owners of Mudpuppy Farm on Church Road say the goats love the trees.

The greens provide a lot of nutritional value for them. Getting greens isn’t as easy in the winter and the Christmas trees are like candy for them.

It’s a big help for them and they love introducing their “kids” to visitors.

”I think it’s awesome because it’s better than just throwing a tree into a landfill and it like repurposes it so it’s another way to kind of give back to the environment,” says 15-year-old Gigi Sychterz.

“And the goats seem to really enjoy it, too, because they love to have company and attention all the time,” says Mudpuppy Farm co-owner, Daryl Twigg.

“And small farms right now are really fighting to stay alive. Hay is expensive and this really helps,” says Mudpuppy Farm co-owner, Terrilyn Twigg.

They want to keep things safe for the goats.

So, they’re asking for tinsel-free trees and trees that haven’t been sprayed with any flame retardant chemicals.

Make sure they don’t have ornaments or hooks on them, too.

They also make and sell their own goat milk soap.

You can find Mudpuppy Farm on Facebook.

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