A slew of new businesses are popping up offering goats for rent. Yep you can rent a few goats or an entire herd now to come round and mow your lawn, provide high quality fertilizer and generally brighten up your day.
Goats are ferocious eaters and could clear a lawn pretty fast and be happy doing so. I personally love the idea and so do some pretty big name players such as the US National Parks Service, Google and Yahoo.
There is also talk of using goats to clear areas of brush susceptible to forest fires. So many uses!
Most people seem to reporting that the costs are similar to paying a business for mowing or less but much less dangerous and less hard work. I had even heard of a
How to go about finding goats for rent
As I mentioned above this is a growing industry so it’s likely there is already someone near you. Rent a Ruminant is one such company offering herds all over the USA but a quick search for renting goats in your area should also help you find someone local if you prefer.
Another alternative is directly speaking to local farms that have goats. It’s possible that if they have transportation they could bring the goats and a shepherd at an affordable price. The only problem is the goats will likely need 24 hour monitoring. The companies that offer the service use low level electric fencing to keep the goats in place.
Things to consider when renting goats….
Unlike an old weed whacker or push mower you can’t throw a goat in the shed when you are done with it. It’s a sensitive animal and it needs a good supply of water and enough vegetation to keep it healthy at all times. They are also herd animals so I believe they would prefer to stay a few together at a time. If you have a small patch of land then 2 goats may be sufficient and you may even just be able to borrow them. There are a few plants that goats can be poisoned by so you must always make sure these are not in the area you want to have trimmed. Fias Co Farm has a great list of what a goat can and can’t eat.
Maybe Consider buying a few goats!
Goats unlike lawn mowers have more than one use. They can be extremely friendly and great company (the babies are unbelievably cute, especially the boys!), they also provide a very healthy milk and as mentioned before they also provide free fertilizer as a bonus! They take a bit of TLC but if you have the time then it could be very worth while.
Sadly my balcony and apartment here in Cairo is not in need of a goat right now!
You may be interested in MSN’s latest article on the subject: Goat Powered Weed Whacking.
What do you think of the idea of having goats for rent, would you consider it for your land?