Goats Are on the Payroll in San Diego County

Real Estate Agent with eXp Realty of California, Inc. CA DRE #01490977

Goats on the Payroll in San Diego


Renting goats for clearing brush has been a pretty popular thing to do for years.


I first heard about renting goats to clear land from a buyer client way back in 2010. She was looking at rural properties with lots of brush, and we were discussing how to deal with it, goats being one solution.


Turns out renting goats for clearing land is pretty popular. A quick Google search will yield all kinds of resources these days, like Rent a Goat that covers the state of California.


We "met" this goat at the Surfing Goat Dairy in Kula, Maui


Turns out our utility company, San Diego Gas and Electric (SDGE), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, now has about 220 goats "on their payroll," so to speak, and is using them to clear flammable brush from areas around electric infrastructure.


The pilot program has kicked off in Chula Vista and other areas are reportedly being considered.


Since some wildfires have been started by things such as downed utility wires, clearing the flammable brush in certain areas might help reduce the risk of fires.


You can read more here.

Comments (34)

Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667, kat@thehousekat.com, Broker, eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Hmmm, we could use them on our property to get rid of brush/tall grass/weeds.....  But we'd probably have to get some sort of movable fencing. Hmmmm

May 09, 2021 05:59 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Jeff Dowler, CRS good morning, Jeff... I'd heard about this but didn't know anywhere that it was done. Now need to go and check if any municipalities in my area use goats.

May 09, 2021 06:02 AM
Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I have heard of this and it makes a lot of sense.  I am sure the goats appreciate being hired too!

May 09, 2021 06:27 AM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

What a great idea. I'm listing a house that is grown up. We could use a goat or two to get ride of the overgrowth. 

May 09, 2021 08:52 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

And, if any of them get too close to the power lines and take a little bite, roast goat is quite tasty

May 09, 2021 01:34 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

But have they kept track of which goat is the G O A T???

May 09, 2021 04:40 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Kathy Streib 

I had sorta forgotten about goat rentals until I saw the article about SDGE. I think it's a great idea...and thanks for helping to spread the word!


May 09, 2021 08:31 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Michael Jacobs  - well, it's taking advantage of goats and what they do so well...eat!

They are pretty efficient, I think Grant Schneider  I read they can eat about half their weight every day...that's a lot of eating!


May 09, 2021 08:33 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Kat Palmiotti  perhaps they come with a goat herder to keep them under control!

When I did my search Nina Hollander, Broker  It looked like they are all around the country these days! And, yes, you can rent goats in the Charlotte area!


May 09, 2021 08:36 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Brian England  Well, as long as the eating is good!

I see a potential business oppotunity Carla Freund 


May 10, 2021 11:23 AM
Carla Freund

My daughter loves goats so if she were here I'd say maybe. 

May 12, 2021 06:32 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Ed Silva  Not something I have ever had so will have to take your word for it!

Ha ha Rocky Dickerson I don't know the answer.


May 10, 2021 11:24 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, CRB, Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate BR030809000 - Phoenix, AZ

Nothing better than 'happy goats' eating to their hearts content!  What a great idea.  Way back after graduating from college I landed a great job in Vail Co and my office was at the Fair Grounds.  Guess who I had roaming around! Yup a goat named Misty!  That was so fun.  Sometimes she'd trot up the handicap ramp, stick her her head in the window (if it was open) and 'talk' to all of us in a meeting.  Guaranteed to crack everyone up!

May 10, 2021 04:24 PM
Pat Starnes-Front Gate Realty
Front Gate Real Estate - Brandon, MS
601-991-2900 Office; 601-278-4513 Cell

I've heard of "goat yoga", but not renting goats to clear underbrush. I've learned not to be surprised by anything in this business, but I will say, it's a first!

May 10, 2021 04:44 PM
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Interesting, Jeff.  I have never heard of this before either!  I have heard of someone using cows to have the land zoned agricultural, which saves on taxes, but this is a first for me.

May 10, 2021 04:52 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

They could make a sequel to Forest Gump and on the shrimp scene, they could edit it and use goats.  "You ever been on a real farm?  They got goats.  Goats can be used for: goat milk, goat cheese, goat grazing, goat yoga, etc. 

May 11, 2021 03:45 AM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Jeff Dowler, CRS - What a beautiful goat! I've seen a lot of goats in my life but none as unique and exceptionally beautiful as this one. Goats do a good job and they never get tired of eating grass, shrubs, etc. I had one and found out a few things the hard way. Never wear anything hanging out of your pockets, leave shoe laces untied, anything sticking out of a hat, leave paper and/or books outside for the goat to get it, and if you smoke, don't be surprised if the goat takes it out of your mouth or pocket and eats it. Plus, never tie up a goat. 

May 11, 2021 09:10 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Goats are on the payroll and rainbows are in the sky, and it's all good!

May 11, 2021 11:11 PM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I had a friend once who had a couple of goats...purchased with the intent of clearing their land. They became wonderful pets for the family!

May 12, 2021 07:06 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Pretty funny Jeff.  I had a client that swore up and down by the idea yet never really made the leap.  Apparently he missed out.  Mark

May 15, 2021 02:13 PM
Dorte Engel
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Bowie, MD
ABC - Annapolis, Bowie, Crofton & rest of Maryland

Dear Jeff,

This has been going on at least a decade longer. Goats eat things that nobody wants to touch. Poisonous plants, poky thistles, thorny cactus, they eat it all. And leave a little fertilizer behind. Good deal, I'd say.

May 25, 2021 06:13 AM