View Full Version : Horns, Hooves, And The Entrepreneurial Spirit

Frank B
Jul. 31, 2011, 11:15 AM
Rent-A-Goat (http://online.wsj.com/video/rent-a-goats-horning-in-on-gardening-jobs/AC229CBB-030A-4160-9C28-EBB124D811C1.html)

Jul. 31, 2011, 11:20 AM
I've heard of this before, and I think it's a great idea. Of course, I admit that I have a weakness for goats, and there's a limit to how much brush I'm willing to cut!

Jul. 31, 2011, 07:12 PM
My dad remembers his family hiring a sheep flock (with shepherd) to mow the lawn when he was a very small child. This would have been in the 1920s. Their yard was too big for a push mower and too small for a horse drawn mower. Gas powered mowers hadn't really caught on yet. So every week or so the sheep flock trundled through the yard. Interesting how technology comes full circle.

Jul. 31, 2011, 07:50 PM
Our town farm has a goat rental program. They bring several goats and an electric fence. It's fun to see them grazing all over town.

Jul. 31, 2011, 11:07 PM
I though they did this everywhere. We always have goats eating up the hillsides around here. They usually are in herds of what looks like 400 or 500, and they'll clean up all the dry grass and brush really nicely, which is really needed in fore season. They're also great because they get the poison oak, which is really nasty. Every spring they clean up the hill down the street owned by the state. I notice when I hear the bleating in the morning. I was on vacation the time they broke out and were wandering down the streets. Bummer!

Aug. 1, 2011, 12:20 AM
We have two 4 month old goats (one saanen, one saanenX) and a little 2 month old lamb and they are doing a KICKASS job clearing the weeds off our property :).

(when they aren't busy scampering across the lawn to get at my garden... *think* we've got all the holes plugged up now!)

Unfortunately they are eating all around the thistle, but I hear they will eat it if they get hungry enough (I don't really blame them it's nasty stuff!) but they're eating everything else so I don't mind going to clip the leftovers myself.

Aug. 1, 2011, 02:19 AM
We're getting a goat or two to keep with the horse and help clear up the weeds. No matter how often we mow everything down, it seems the weeds are worse each year.

Aug. 2, 2011, 09:50 AM
they should definitely include some of these real life things in the farmerama (http://farmerama.browsergames.co.uk/) and ponyrama (http://ponyrama.browsergames.co.uk/) browser games (http://browsergames.co.uk). i like them for leizure sometimes :)