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Demand for Grazing Goats Is Growing Like Wildfire

Ruminants are a righteous way to reduce fire risks. Sierra club magazine By Jodi Helmer.

When Mike Canaday started renting goats in 2003, most of the calls he received were from landowners who wanted to clear dense brush on their properties. As word spread about the effectiveness of the four-legged lawnmowers, Canady started fielding questions from prospective customers about whether his herd of 150 goats could eat enough brush to create firebreaks in wildfire-prone areas. The answer was yes. Today, Canaday owns 3,500 Boer, Kiko, LaMancha, and Spanish breeds, and his company, Living Systems Land Management, is so busy that he has to maintain a waiting list for people to rent out his goats. He attributes the growth of his San Francisco Bay Area–based business to a single factor: wildfires.  

“We are screaming busy from mid-April to mid-July because of the fires,” he says.

Across California and the West, goats are being dispatched to overgrown patches of land to chomp down vegetation and help create firebreaks to prevent fires from jumping from wildlands to homes and businesses. Thanks to their voracious appetites—goats can eat up to 10 pounds of vegetation per day—and ability to navigate difficult terrain, the ravenous ruminants are on the front lines of fire prevention.

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Free-Range Landscaping


Recently, the patch of weeds behind Steve Holdaway’s Chapel Hill, N.C., home grew so unkempt that he hired outside help. For six hours, the crew’s members tackled tall grass and thorny blackberry plants and toiled without a break-other than to chew their cud, that is.

his workers: seven hungry-and carbon-emission-free–goats.

Internet rivals Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. hired herds to clear around their Northern California headquarters this year. So did the Vanderbilt Mansion, a national historic site in Hyde Park, N.Y. And this April, nannies and billies were deployed at the U.S. Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in Silverdale, Wash., to annihilate pesky scotch broom plants.

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The 5 Strangest (and Best) Lawn and Garden Care Tactics You Can Buy

Here are some natural, alternative solutions to some of spring’s peskier, more expensive problems. The STREET By JASON NOTTE.

Whether you have just enough front or back yard to get overgrown and unwieldy or find yourself overrun with nasty, prickly, invasive plants that just won’t go away, nature has already devised the ultimate solution to your problem.

A good goat not only turns your kitchen scraps into easily degraded compost, but will go after kudzu, blackberry vines and other invasive species that can otherwise ravage a yard or field. Google ( GOOG) has used them to keep the grass down at its Mountain View, Calif., campus and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Reclamation, the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service and the city of Seattle have all used goats to manage their property and keep grass, weeds and other plants at bay. 

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100 Brilliant Companies

The Company Leading the Future of Farming

lists herders around the world who rent out their goats for clearing away unwanted brush and weeds, as an eco-friendly alternative to machinery or chemicals. ENTREPRENEUR By JENNIFER WANG.

More rural brilliance

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In Southern California Goats Are A Vital Form Of Fire Prevention

Fire Departments all across California have been relying on goats to clear the type of brush that can act as devastating wildfire fuel every year for almost a decade. UpRoxx By Dan Rivera.

The Smithsonian reports that “about 6,000 woodland fires sweep California annually,” and just last year, the Woolsey Fire made national headlines as it devastated Ventura and Los Angeles counties burning over 96,000 acres, destroying 1,643 homes and causing $500 million in damages. In southern California, the fire season is inescapable, Inspector Brian Stevens of the Los Angeles County Fire Department contends that “right now, wildfire season is considered year-round in the county of Los Angeles” which means every day that there isn’t a wildfire blazing in Southern California, is a good day to practice sensible fire prevention. In the summer months when the wild grasses are drying out, that means calling a herd of goats to munch away at potential fuel.
One of the reasons goats are so useful to fire departments statewide is their unique physiology, which makes them expert climbers, and their near-insatiable appetites.

“The goats work great for getting to inaccessible areas that are hard for equipment to reach,” explains Fire Captain in Charge of Vegetation Management for Ventura County, Ken VanWig. “Areas we can’t do prescribed burning because of possible structures nearby, or the threat of fire spread. They work great for rugged terrain that is difficult to maneuver with weed whips and hand tools. They’re very environmentally friendly, they work quickly. They eat, sleep, and eat, that’s really all they do.”

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Companies are hiring out goats for garden maintenance. This is why

They’re less noisy than lawnmowers, for one. WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM By KRISTIN HUNT.

It’s hard to keep your backyard tidy and healthy without impacting the earth. Just consider the tools. Lawn mowers burn on fossil fuels, adding new carbon emissions to the atmosphere every time you push them across the grass. Then there are pesticides, which can wind up harming much more than the mites and weeds wreaking havoc on your land.
That’s why many are seeking out a more natural form of lawn care and management: goats. According to Forbes, goat rentals are becoming an increasingly popular service for homeowners and farmers looking to get their vegetation under control, with multiple companies now offering the service.

Goats are even great for preventing wildfires, since they love eating the brush that often contributes to them. No wonder more people and cities are hiring goats for their lawn care needs. GOATS OFFER OBVIOUS ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS, SINCE THEY ESSENTIALLY REPLACE BOTH MOWERS AND PESTICIDES. BUT THE PEOPLE WHO RUN GOAT GRAZING BUSINESSES POINT TO MANY OTHER PERKS. THEY’RE EXCELLENT GRAZERS, FOR ONE.

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Goats Graze At Cascade Canyon Preserve In Marin County

The 400 goats will graze in different sections of the preserve between Toyon Fire Road and Cascade Drive, according to the county. Patch By Kristina Houck.

Hundreds of goats have arrived at Cascade Canyon Open Space Preserve in Marin County.

The 400 grazing goats are part of a multi-year effort to test alternatives for controlling invasive weeds while reducing the use of herbicides, according to the county. The animals will also help maintain defensible space for fire safety between residential areas and open space.
Over the next few weeks, the goats will graze in different sections of the preserve between Toyon Fire Road and Cascade Drive, according to the county. 

County officials advised residents to observe notices posted along roads and trails. A sheepherder and a herding dog will be on site to move the goats and protect the animals. Water sources and portable fences will also be set up for the grazing herd.

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The Growing Eco-Friendly Business Of Goat Rentals


Customers, who range from municipalities to homeowners associations, are attracted by the relative cost-effectiveness and the opportunity to use an eco-friendly method that doesn’t burn fossil fuel and eliminates the need for pesticides. “Grazing is a very natural way to manage vegetation,” says Kathy Voth, of Livestock for Landscapes, an expert in using goats for reducing fire hazards in wildland areas, as well as cows to manage weeds and brush. (She also publishes a weekly magazine for graziers called On Pasture). “That’s how it was meant to be managed.”

Goats have a lot of other benefits, as well. For example, when they eat weeds, they sterilize the seed during the digestive process. As a result, the seed that passes through them is infertile and doesn’t lead to more weeds. They also can be used to eat grass that’s likely to fuel fires. And they can easily reach steep or rocky places.

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SF’s cutest employees munch down fire hazards

Several hard-working goats for City Grazing, a Bayview-based nonprofit that provides goat workers to clear hard-to-navigate spaces for city agencies, hospitals, and homeowners in San Francisco. San francisco chronical By callie millner.

Summertime in California is a constant reminder of the possible destruction with which we cheerfully live.
The baked hillsides, the relentlessly clear skies, the casually bunched power lines draped lazily along every stretch of highway — enjoy yourselves before the fires come in, this landscape shrieks.
Luckily, there’s one herald of summertime in San Francisco that speaks to renewal.

I’m talking about the goats.
The goats are hired by a variety of city agencies, educational institutions and private properties to reduce fire hazards every year.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Renting a Goat

Leave the landscaping to the professionals. Slate By HEATHER SCHWEDEL.

When news broke Friday morning, via a local television reporter on Twitter, that about 100 goats were roaming around a residential neighborhood outside of Boise, Idaho, suffice it to say we had questions. Then the Washington Post reported that these were professional goats, owned by a company called We Rent Goats, and we had even more questions. Are there such a thing as amateur goats? So Slate called up Mike Canaday, the director of operations at a company called Rent a Goat (which once appeared on TV’s Shark Tank), to talk about the funny, but also lucrative and environmentally friendly, business of goat rental.

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A burgeoning bush problem? There’s a goat for that…

Here are some natural, alternative solutions to some of spring’s peskier, more expensive problems. Business day By penny haw.

I AM a fan of uncomplicated, make-a-plan biotech-type ideas. They suit my “simple solutions are super” approach to life. I like the notion of solving problems and creating opportunities by putting things that don’t need batteries, Eskom or petrol to work. We’ve done it for centuries by, for example, burning wood for fire, and using animals for transport, microscopic unicellular fungus (that is, yeast) to make bread and beer, and bacteria to turn milk into yogurt.

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Trade In Lawn Mower for a Goat?

Rent a goat to do your landscaping. Fox news By peter doccey.



Some Medford landowners will be able to trade a gardener for a hungry goat. Thursday night, the Medford City Council voted to update its no livestock in city limits ordinance to allow for goats to eat vegetation. KDRV By Andryanna Sheppard.

Some Medford landowners will be able to trade a gardener for a hungry goat. Thursday night, the Medford City Council voted to update its no livestock in city limits ordinance to allow for goats to eat vegetation.
“I think that using goats for weed abatement is a good suggestion and hopefully it will work out well for the city,” said City Councilmember and Vice President Clay Bearnson.

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Rent-A-Goats Horning In on Gardening Jobs

They’re green, greedy and gobble practically everything in sight, including thorns and stinging weeds. Goats are the latest form of environmentally-friendly gardening. FORBES

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‘The Colbert Report’: Goats Are Stealing American Jobs

“People Destroying America”, Colbert targets landscape goat herders and accuses them of stealing American jobs and giving them to four-legged animals. “Goats, if you’re going to steal our landscaping jobs,” quips Colbert, “humans are going to start producing feta cheese.” COMEDY CENTRAL

Naturally, her competitors aren’t happy. “This woman’s completely out of her f—king mind,” one landscaper says, while another knocks the downside of Dunakin’s animals: “I don’t think we would ever poop on a job site.”
But even the Department of Defense has hired Dunakin’s furry crew to work at a nuclear sub base. Fortunately, former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich quells any fears of a goat uprising by assuring “that there is absolutely no reason to be afraid of goats.”
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