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Mower Goats is about using goats to mow the lawns, eats weeds and make cheese. Less gas powered lawnmowers… now.
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Trading Lawn Mowers For Goats
The mowing “machines are massive, constantly breaking down, [and they] use a lot of fuel so we have actually had to skip several years of the mowing program because it’s very expensive,” says Bob Douglas, the director of Andover’s Conservation Commission.
Luckily, the commission recently hit upon a neat solution when one of their volunteers spoke to Lucy McKain, who tends dairy goats next to one of the city’s preserves. They worked out an arrangement where her animals get to graze the land and the commission saves a few thousand dollars a year. The fix was a win-win for everyone.
People will want to do a green business like this, but interest will wane over time if it doesn’t save them money in the long run,” says Don Watson, a former CPA who owns the Loveland, Colorado-based company Rocky Mountain Wooly Weeders. That’s why he tries to take on projects where his sheep offer a cost-effective alternative to mechanized or human mowers.
Watson also cautions that the business is by no means a get-rich-quick scheme. You have to be “willing to work 24-hours-a-day, 365 days a year,” he says. “Sheep are constantly looking for a place to lay down and die” whether from poisonous plants, predators, or traffic. With that being said, he also sees a lot of opportunity for growth. He adds, “We need to do a better job of marketing what we do and we could probably double our revenue.”
BRUSH CONTROL USING GOATS Gary Pfalzbot
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