Christmas trees sought for goats in Amherst

AMHERST — With hay expensive and somewhat scarce due to last summer’s drought, an Amherst woman who raises goats is again seeking Christmas trees to support the animals’ regular diet.

Michelle Chandler, of 326 West Pomeroy Lane, is hoping area residents looking for a free and safe way to dispose of their trees drop them in her yard, on the west side facing the Hadley town line.

Chandler said the trees, which should have all ornaments and tinsel removed, will be devoured by her 10 adult goats, including seven does that are in milk, and five babies.

“It was pretty dry last summer, and local hay supplies are slim,” Chandler said.

In the fourth year of seeking the public’s help with the trees, Chandler anticipates that they will be used for several months. 

“Last year the trees lasted us until June, and some days we gave them two,” Chandler said.

Christmas trees, through both the needles and bark, provide the animals with vitamin C and other nutrients.

Chandler said the first tree arrived Sunday and a second was dropped off Monday, already ensuring that the supply of hay for the goats will be extended.

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Author: Going Green

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