Effective Weed Control
ABC Jennifer Nichols - 23rd September 2016
A Sunshine Coast man who hires out herbivores as weed busters is urging more people to consider getting a goat as a lawn mower. Leo Phelan owns Arborcare Queensland, and for 25 years his team of arborists and ecologists has used traditional methods to manage trees and natural areas, and rehabilitate degraded environments.
But three years ago he established Eco-Goats, using the animals as an alternative to chemicals to graze weeds in difficult-to-access areas. "Goats for me are a long-term passion, and we've evolved something else out of our business," Mr Phelan said.
No kidding: why not get goats to mow your lawn?
Christine D'Mello - 9th November 2015
Amazon recently launched a trial of its new Home Services campaign in the US which lets people rent ‘goat grazers’ for their properties. Google famously used goats to clear the weeds at its Mountain View campus in California.
Amazon Japan employs them to manicure the grounds at its distribution hub in Gifu Prefecture – their goats even have ID tags with photos on them, like regular employees. Herds-for-Hire and Eco Goats Qld provide a similar service in Australia.