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Goats Help Fire Department

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on January 14, 2019 14:03

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Goats, sheep, and cattle to eat grass and vegetation in California started in 1860.

The idea of using goats to clean the forest of brush and vegetation sounds like a good idea.

Goats will eat almost anything edible that’s in the forest. They are known to eat grass close to the ground, about three inches. This will leave the ground enough grass to regrow, in other words, they will not kill the grass. In many countries, you can see goats, close to houses, eating the grass and garbage that’s laying around. Sheep are used to clear areas of grass and will not eat garbage like the goats. 

In the very high Sierras, during the summer, there are sheep and goat herders, using the same facilities like they use in Europe: sheep dogs, a wagon to sleep in, horses and donkeys to pull the wagon. 

In visiting one of the wagons, on the side of a hill, there was only one person living in it. It’s a hard life, according to this sheep herder, but he said he enjoyed it. He claimed he has done this kind of work for three years and he made enough money to keep him in college and then some.

Goats are used in Southern California because they can eat vegetation close to houses, and you don’t have to worry about a control burn, using a gas or electric weed whacker. According to their handlers, the goats can clean up to several acres to hundreds of acres.

Using goats, sheep, and cattle to remove grass and vegetation has been going on since 1850 in California. In other words, it’s nothing new. 

Sidney Drabkin

Posted on January 14, 2019 14:03

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