Chews the sustainable way

Press release from the city of Albany, New York:

In an environmentally sound and sustainable method for controlling overgrowth, Albany’s Water Board is introducing five grazing farm animals to the property at the Loudonville Reservoir … Wednesday, September 2, at 9:30 a.m.

Which strikes me as a pretty swell idea. We’re doing it here, in fact:

Oklahoma City is partnering with Langston University’s Goat Research Extension Program to turn a small herd of goats loose along the [Hefner] canal between Northwest Expressway and Wilshire Boulevard.

Mowing along that stretch is difficult, and city officials think goats could help them save gas, reduce use of chemical weed killers, prevent erosion, and reduce the risk of employee injuries.

We have nineteen goats, but then we’re about six times the size of Albany. And this bit from the press release amuses:

The grazing farm animals will be available for photos, video and interviews.

It could work. Ours have their own Twitter account.


  1. fillyjonk »

    2 September 2015 · 7:11 am

    There are people throughout the Plains who have rent-a-goat businesses for clearing brush. (I confess, in my bouts of “the grass HAS to be greener in some other profession” daydreaming, I think of running one, myself. Maybe with a side business in goats’ milk soap….)

    I think New Hampshire uses sheep to help keep utility rights-of-way mown.

  2. Roger Green »

    2 September 2015 · 11:37 am

    I’d rent a goat for my lawn; are they renting out?

  3. McGehee »

    2 September 2015 · 7:32 pm

    Years ago there was discussion of using goats to control kudzu in one nearby town. I suspect it was rejected because goats are insufficiently highfalutin for the town in question. Apparently kudzu isn’t.

  4. fillyjonk »

    3 September 2015 · 5:38 am

    Those folks deserve to be swallowed up by kudzu.

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