Goat or Lawnmower - You Decide

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I learn something new and interesting every day, it seems. 

Today, courtesy of a buyer client, I learned about renting goats. Whodathunk?

Goat or lawnmower 

It's true, though. Renting goats is becoming very popular, especially for sites that are hard to maintain through traditional means (e.g., steep hillsides, landfills), for fire hazard reduction (goats are voracious plant eaters), developing a weed and brush control program (read about it on Goatworld), among other reasons. 

Goatfinder will help you find rentable goats in your area (California is a popular area, not surprisingly, as are Indiana and Washington). And I have now heard that some folks advertise on Craigslist.org. You can read more about Goatfinder here. 

So, if there is a need to trim your large yard, pasture/field or other areas and you need help, just do a Google search for Goats for Rent

Or if you'd rather, just buy a handful. Check on Craigslist or Goatfinder.


[photo courtesy of Jon Stammers on Flickr]


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Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
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Similar to goats are sheep; I raised 'Hampshires" on my farm. I could put those guys in an two acre pen and they would have it mowed down in nothing flat. It was scary. They would break out of the pen and go graze on the adjacent fields. Never let Sheep get a hold of your "corn feed" (given to steers along with hay). I was dealing with 13 of the most intoxicated sheep you could imagine. If you think that baaaaaa baaaaa sound gets old wait until you add a bunch of anxiety into it and it is loud all night Baaayaaa  aahhhhh baaa yyyaaaa baaaBBBAAAAAA; very annoying after awhile. I turned off the radio in the barn because I thought they were picking up the chorus lines.  Goats; they will get the job done well, just keep them off of peoples car hoods.

Jan 04, 2010 09:46 AM #6
Brian Burke
Kenna Real Estate - Englewood, CO
Broker & Advising Expert-Denver Luxury Real Estate

Jeff - LOL well it looks like a very cute lawnmover... ~Rita

Jan 04, 2010 10:52 AM #7
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

Giggle out loud. Good one, Jeff! I never would have thought about Renting goats to mow.

Jan 04, 2010 11:55 AM #8
Sheldon Neal
Bergen County, NJ - RE/MAX Real Estate Limited - Maywood, NJ
That British Agent Bergen County NJ

... I have always said that ActiveRain is a wealth of information, this post confirms it ...

Jan 04, 2010 01:47 PM #9
Lottie Kendall
Compass - San Francisco, CA
Helping make your real estate dreams a reality

Hi Jeff -- Here in the San Francisco Bay Area goats are often used in our open spaces -- park services, water company, individuals, etc. Since homeowners are mandated to keep dry grasses mowed to lessen fire danger, many individuals and land stewards have been using the goats. It's fund to see hundreds in one spot, then a day or two later -- poof! they're gone!

Jan 04, 2010 02:10 PM #10
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate

Goats are hilarious! They will eat anything. Seriously! They're like walking garbage disposals! LOL I have a video on here somewhere from the Volusia County Fair, and one of the goats was standing on his hind legs, pulling down the sign that was hanging over his pen. ROFL!

Jan 04, 2010 03:33 PM #11
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Hi Jeff!  I'm from the South so, yes, I've heard of using goats for lawn maintenance!  Cheap labor, don't you think?!

Have a great week...

Jan 04, 2010 03:58 PM #12
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jami - my reaction, too.

Michael - ha ha. I suppose checking on the zoning would be kinda important.

TLW - reminds me of trips to St. Martin. Goats EVERYWHERE - streets, yards etc., doing what they want, Saw one stsnding on the roof of a car

Gary - they makes sense in so many ways.

Monika - and they eat anything it seems.


Jan 04, 2010 05:17 PM #13
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Here in the mountains of Asheville, NC who doesn't know about goats. =)

And not only are they interesting to watch at work, (at least as interesting as someone's husband or son or wife or daughter) but think of the time, energy and fuel they save--not to mention that air pollution none of us crave.

I'm reBlogging this to Greenolina's place...after I bring the goats in, that is..haha

Jan 04, 2010 10:47 PM #14
Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC

Jeff thats funny. In my area you dont see many farmers raising or renting goats. They are a good solution for overgrown pastures though.

Jan 04, 2010 11:15 PM #15
Robert Hammerstein
Keller Williams Valley Realty - Hillsdale, NJ
Bergen County NJ Real Estate

Jeff - that's a great idea! I still use a gas mower but I think maybe these goat emit gas'es? lol Funny one Jeff...

Jan 05, 2010 01:21 AM #16
Emer S
casaGURU - Toronto, ON

What a cool green idea! I'm going to look into seeing if there are similar services in my area.

Jan 05, 2010 02:28 AM #17
Donna Harris
Donna Homes, powered by JPAR - TexasRealEstateMediationServices.com - Austin, TX
Realtor,Mediator,Ombudsman,Property Tax Arbitrator

When I was in college, I rented a house and the landlord asked if he could keep his goat on property. I readily agreed because I didn't want to buy a lawnmower...  but one day, the goat was gone.  He took him, and my grass came up higher than my knees... I had to borrow a lawnmower, and the goat was missed!

Jan 05, 2010 02:38 AM #18
Gary Swanson
Century 21 Harris & Taylor - Grants Pass, OR

Jeff, what a great idea.  My wife used an electric mower right now, but I think she'd be willing to change to goat power.

Jan 05, 2010 03:42 AM #19
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeff, I bet maintainingthe goat is cheaper than gas, but you do have to invest in a good popper scooper :)

Jan 05, 2010 12:28 PM #20
Melissa Zavala
Broadpoint Properties - Escondido, CA
Broker, Escondido Real Estate, San Diego County

That's pretty interesting. I know some folks who live right near SDA who have a goat. I wasn't sure why . . . maybe you've explained it here.

Jan 05, 2010 01:06 PM #21
Don Wixom
RE/MAX Executives Nampa, ID - Nampa, ID
"Looking out for your next move..."tm

Baaa Baaah!  I have a preacher friend who owns several herds of goats & rents them to the power company to graze beneath the power line sin Texas.  Amazing!  Who'da'thunk?

Jan 05, 2010 02:03 PM #22
Song San
Coldwell Banker Dynasty - Rosemead, CA
Broker, MBA

  My dad used to love cutting the grass until he couldn't do it anymore. Now we pay like $50/month for the gardener to do the front yard. I am thinking the goat might be a better deal and would let my dad know. I might have to buy insurance for the goat since animals disappear easily in my area.

Jan 05, 2010 06:15 PM #23
Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

Hey, Jeff - I'm kind of surprised that you just now are finding out about rent-a-goats. After the October 2003 fires, many of the outlying areas rented herds of goats to keep the hillsides clean. In at least one instance, the goats were too efficient and the goats were rounded up and given back to their owners. I think that was out in Jamul or Spring Valley somewhere.

Happy New Year!

Jan 06, 2010 01:31 PM #24
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

I was going to comment on this yesterday but got waylaid.  I am reading a Barbara Kingsolver book right now "Prodigal Summer" which has one of the characters looking for goats for her farmland. They are quite an industry.

Jan 06, 2010 03:59 PM #25
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