Have you herd? Goats for hire!!

You read that right; goats are the new landscape employee!  And it’s not just because they are cute, they are actually a great addition to the landscaping business.  A goat’s natural tendency is to eat everything in sight, so they are the perfect addition for landscape removal!

One of the greatest reasons that goatscaping has made such a big splash for landscaping businesses is because they offer a herbicide-free way of removing invasive plants (poison ivy) that are generally harder for landscapers to get to due to steep terrains.  In addition, goatscaping helps to reduce the risk of forest fires and allows for preservation of native trees.

So, what do you need to know if you are thinking about adding a goat to your employee roster?

  • The price of your goats can range anywhere from $250.00-$750.00/goat.
    • What most people fail to realize is the “full plan” for your goat(s).
      • Will you only use your goats for landscaping purposes?
      • Will you slaughter your goat to feed meat lovers?
        • There are some very big ethical questions you will want to identify before adding this crew to your payroll.
  • Overhead for caring for your new goats can range anywhere from $25,000-$50,000/annually.
    • They require feed, vet care and other miscellaneous supplies.
    • Goatscaping is seasonal so you will need to arrange for proper housing in the winter months.
    • You don’t want to lose any goats so you will need to invest in portable electric fencing to seclude them to a specific area.
      • An alternative to this is to employ a herder who will be on site at all times.

Now let’s talk about what you can expect should you decide to hire a company that provides goatscaping.

  • $800.00-$1500.00/acre
  • It takes a herd of 40 goats 3-5 days to clear an acre
  • The sheer enjoyment of watching goats graze your property!

This was a fun read but if you are serious about cleaning up your property – give the PROs a call!  We may not be as cute a herd of goats but we can get the job done!

More than two dozen goats helped to remove weeds and brush on the ridge behind the Human Ecology Building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison on July 27 -28, 2011. A subcontractor working at the site hired the goals through a company in WisconsinÕs Kenosha County that offers a grazing service and promises an Òextremely low-carbon hoof print.Ó (Photo by Bryce Richter / UW-Madison)

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