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.