Goat Vegetation Removal businesses?

Discussion in 'Pack and Working Goats' started by Squidgette, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. Squidgette

    Squidgette New Member

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    Feb 29, 2012
    Hey! I was just wondering if anyone else on here owns a goat vegetation removal business? Rent out goats? Goat Landscaping? Something like that?

    I own Greedy Goats of NWA (www.greedygoats.com) and sometimes I just want to chat with others who understand about the weird things on the job...when I get time! Lol. Business has been great.

    :goattruck:

    Thanks!

    Connie
     
  2. ksalvagno

    ksalvagno Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Glad business is good. Even if we don't own a vegetation removal business, we could probably sympathize.
     

  3. SalteyLove

    SalteyLove Well-Known Member

    Jun 18, 2011
    New England
    Connie are you on Facebook?

    There is a business called "The Goatscaping Company" that I follow. It is very interesting and they seem to be doing quite well and get some big contracts! They do residential, commercial, and municipal facilities.

    I bet you could touch base with them and compare strategies!
     
  4. Squidgette

    Squidgette New Member

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    Feb 29, 2012
  5. Wlschwallenberg

    Wlschwallenberg New Member

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    Jan 4, 2013
    Maryland
    We do! We are Billy's Goats located in Maryland. Such a fun business to be in. :)
     
  6. Squidgette

    Squidgette New Member

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    Feb 29, 2012
    I love how excited people are to see the goats! :wahoo:
    They just LOVE the goats!
     
  7. Catahoula

    Catahoula New Member

    I tried bringing my goats to my neighbors to help with his weed problems. It didn't work out as well as we thought. For one, my goats are too well fed and they are picky (like all goats). The first day, they ate his lilac bushes. The second day, they limped all his trees. The third day I saw some of the sage bushes were gone so I asked it the goats helped. He said he pulled them himself. The fourth day I told him to sit with the goats and they'd follow him and would eat around him. They did not. On the fifth day, he gave up and I took the goats home. Goats were happy to be home. :)
     
  8. SeventeenFarms

    SeventeenFarms Active Member

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    Dec 9, 2013
    Southern New Jersey
    Its the reason I have my goats - I bought them to eat brush at the golf course where I work. I used temporary fences and moved them area to area. It worked out well, and people loved them. Made the newspapers, etc. Unfortunately, a new ownership came in and "fired"' my goats, much to the memberships dismay. I now keep them happy and spoiled at my small farm doing the same job. btw, each day members ask about them - they are missed!
     
  9. Squidgette

    Squidgette New Member

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    Feb 29, 2012
    Catahoula, I agree that this is not nearly as easy as it sounds! It was a good try. Goats are just trouble and wrangling them around can be challenging. :) Hope your neighbor was a good sport!

    Connie
     
  10. Squidgette

    Squidgette New Member

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    Feb 29, 2012
    SeventeenFarms, That sucks! Sounds like you had a good thing going and the new owner just doesn't get it. It is nice that the members ask about them. :) Maybe some of them need to hire your goats? Or, at least sign a petition to re-instate them at their old job. ;-) Besides, goats and golf courses just go together!

    California
    http://golfweek.com/news/2010/oct/26/golf-courses-employ-goats-maintenance/

    Boston
    [ame]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RBeIx4ss0A[/ame]

    Michigan
    http://www.golfcoursearchitecture.n...aintain-course/3464/Default.aspx#.ViWYWOxVhBc

    http://www.pga.com/news/golf-buzz/weed-eaters-goats-clean-illinois-course

    http://www.asgca.org/industry-news/375-golf-course-uses-goats-to-trim-grass

    http://www.takepart.com/article/2012/08/21/golf-eco-lawn-mower-look-out-goats-hole-nine

    ...and, many more! Wow!


    Okay, got to go call my local golf course now!!!

    Connie
     
  11. SeventeenFarms

    SeventeenFarms Active Member

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    Dec 9, 2013
    Southern New Jersey
    http://www.prlog.org/11951732-great...arth-friendly-method-to-clear-underbrush.html

    one of a few articles that appeared in local papers re my project. Its upsetting that they were "fired" by newer management, but it is what it is. The members have talked about a petition, but I cant get in the middle of it. Its good though, that other courses are using goats. I would consider renting mine out, but its hard to do unless I do it full time and had a big herd, and I could watch them. If nothing else, during the two years they came to the course they educated many people about goats and natural brush control. Meanwhile, they are now our very spoiled pets and keep our farm in check, follow us around when loose, hang with the horses and chickens and are very happy. And I and my wife are happy - wouldn't want to be without them!
     
  12. fivemoremiles

    fivemoremiles Well-Known Member

    Jan 19, 2010
    western montana
    I have sheep on a weed eating contract. there was one weed Dalmatian toad flax that the sheep were not eating so I bought my first ever goat to see if he would eat the weed. he did and he taught the sheep that they could eat it too. with in two years the sheep had totally controlled the weed. that was my introduction in to the goat world.
    I enjoyed that goat so much that I now have 20 goats now.
     
  13. Catahoula

    Catahoula New Member

    Connie, the neighbor had fun with the goats. The weed eating business could work. I have been trying to 'lease' them out. I think if they had stayed on the property (I was only leaving them there 6-8 hours a day) 24/7, they would do better. We have large predators (bears and mountain lions) here and my neighbor didn't have shelter for the goats so I didn't leave them overnight there. I also fed them too well so they were really hungry I guess. I had joked with my husband about getting Nigerian Dwarf for city homes and more goats for larger properties is it had worked out for us. I still think it is a great idea. :)-- Eliza