Monday, August 27, 2007

UW Campus uses goats for grounds maintenance

The University of Washington needed to clear a 10,000-square-feet hillside overgrown with blackberry bushes and English ivy. Because the area was so steep, it would have been difficult for gardeners to work in the area safely, so the department contracted the work to Rent-A-Ruminant, a Vashon-based company that supplies goats to do heavy munching. Goats, which have a four-stomach digestive system, are able to process the tough fibers of many pesky plants.

2 comments:

Omnibus Driver said...

Yes, but do they have to buy carbon offsets as a result? (Hee hee hee!)

Kara said...

I raise goats and they do make wonderful brush eaters but they are actully very picky on what they eat.