Keep the weeds down. Hire a goat.

Goats graze on the vegetation along the hill side in Chino Hills as they clear the weeds on the hilly terrain where tractors can't go for weed abatement May 17, 2007.How many of you remember driving down Foothill years ago, before all of the stores and condos were built and watched the sheep herds move through the area up to the hills eating all of the grass and dried weeds before they caught fire....Well now Chino has brought back the animal fire control beasts but this time in the gize of goats.


More than 200 chomping and stomping goats made their annual visit on Friday as they helped the city prepare for the fire season by eating dry brush......When open areas are cleared of shrubbery, a wildfire can be slowed or stopped because the fire will not have fuel......Grazing sheep have been used for weed abatement in the city's open space since 2000, and three years ago goats became part of the program.


Just west of Rock Springs Drive on the north side of Chino Avenue, the goats were guided on the steep hill in Rolling Ridge where they were expected to clear 14 acres of brush behind a neighborhood of houses......The goats were expected to satisfy that requirement by eating vegetation from where city property begins behind the homes to about 300 feet outward, otherwise if the goats were not there the city would be required to hire a weed-abatement crew and noisy machines.....The residents prefer the quite eating of the goats to noisy machines.


City officials report that the goats eating habits have already saved one housing area a couple of years ago, when a wild fire burned down to the area where the goats had already eaten and the fire just went out since it did not have any fuel to feed off of.....The goats continue to keep the area clear and save the city nearly $10,000, the cost of a weed abatement crew for just this area.


Pedro Indacochea, owner of Indacochea Sheep Ranch, contracts goat and sheep grazing at very low cost to the city....He said his 200 goats can clear about an acre a day, and he has never lost a goat to Union problems.


The goats are enclosed in a fence when they are not grazing, and a rancher stays with them day and night in a small trailer on the site.....A fire inspector for Chino Valley Independent Fire District, said the goats used for weed abatement are a great asset for reducing the spread of fires.....What the goats don't eat they trample down and mulch up, he said.....Either way it works good because you don't have the leftover dust.


The Goat Weed abatement program has worked....In the past 6 years there have two or three wild fires that have burned down to where the goats have eaten and the fires have stopped dead in there tracks.....Other cities, like Fontana, Claremont and Cucamonga are looking at sheep and goats as a cheap and efficient way of keeping the hill areas free of fires.

 

Gary Hall, the ghostpainter 

Comments

who do I call to hire the goats? and how much is it?

Julie

If you are anywhere near Norco, Ca, then you can rent out my goats for a few weeks. Preferably, I'd like to sell my adorable twin la mancha whethers. They are definately NOT to be sold for meat. They have been loved, kissed on the nose daily, and told that they're loved. When they were little, I sang "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" to them nightly and rocked them on my lap and kissed them then too. It would be a travesty to eat them. While renting them, you must provide proper shelter at night though to keep out the coyotes. Also, you will have to provide fresh water for them daily. If there isn't enough brush, then supplemental hay will have to be provided by you as well. I do have some other requirements though. No goats should have been on the property. I have a closed, small herd and I do not want them to be exposed to any illnesses from former goats.

I live in riverside CA and I am interested in renting your goats. How much would your services cost? To reply or if you have questions you can email me at jackie298@gmail.com

I'm looking to rent some goats to graze down my backlot in Mira Loma California sky country area would like to get a quote please contact me

I'm looking to rent a goat for our backyard. Please let me know the cost. You can e-mail me or call at 909-786-8915.

Thank you.

Julie Ellingson

I have 2 acres with weeds I was thinking of getting goats but don't really want more responsibility so thought I'd look into renting them. I have no idea how this works do you still have your goats that you rent out how does that work and if you don't do you know where I could find some I'm in Menifee

Please contact me ASAP
1-310944-0698

We got a letter from our city to have our yard cleared of weeds. They are determined to do it as fast as we can. Problems: My wife and my self are totally disabled. My wife had several surgeries, leaving her crippled, and I had three brain tumor surgeries, radiation, kidney failure, etc. The money is also a problem to hire expensive, noisy, dusty professionals to do the job. My wife's asthma can not tolerate the dust, nor my kidneys. Please advise us if the goat solution would work for us.

Thank you,

George

760 475-7760

I would like to hire a goat. How much does it cost? Im disabled and cant afford much. But I rent this house that has 3/4 akers. My husband cant do it and watch me. I cant do the work. back problems. Is there any one out there with goats. that can help us. Please email me if you know someone that can help. It free food for the goats.

How do I go about hiring goats for 2-3 acres of weeds in Grass Valley Calif? How much does it cost? 925 828-4345

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