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HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. Vermillion is a beautiful neighborhood with all the bells and whistles. But it's an unexpected gem that s getting attention these days in the quaint subdivision.

Oh yeah, oh yeah, I love it. It gives it a cozy feel, said resident Nancy Schaffer.

She s talking about the 40 goats that fill a field in the middle of the neighborhood.

I think it's a great idea. It's as green as you can get. They re using all this livestock for something that s usually done mechanically, said George Bannon. Bannon just moved to Huntersville from Houston, Texas.

I think it's a cool idea. I'm going to take a picture and email it to all my friends, he said as he snapped a shot on his iphone.

Bannon will need to explain to his friends that the goats are here on weed control duty, a secret weapon against kudzu that's surrounding the field in the neighborhood.

We decided to give it a try. They've been here for almost a week now, said Drew Bowman, who works for the developer.

It's the second time they've tried to get rid of fast-growing kudzu.

We had one guy out there with a sprayer walking around trying to kill everything, and after a couple of weeks it grew back, he said.

This time around though, no guys. Just goats.

Which begs the question... does it smell?

A little bit of a smell, but being a country girl that's ok with me, laughed Schaffer.

Bowman says the goats should be able to stress the plant enough that it has a hard time growing back.

The developer expects the goats to work for about a month, and then return for a final chance at killing of the vegetation. After that, the county will take over the land and develop it into a greenway.

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