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usregimechange Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-14-09 03:37 PM
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States unleash goats to keep grass trimmed (to reduce carbon footprint/protect environment/save $)
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(CNN) -- Forget lawn mowers. Maryland officials have found a natural way to combat brush while protecting a threatened species.

Forty bearded goats have been dispatched by the State Highway Administration to control plant growth in the area. They have been munching in an enclosed area for a week; they will stay until September, but will be put back to work next spring.

The project is part of Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley's "Smart, Green and Growing" legislative package, aimed at reducing the state's greenhouse gas emissions 25 percent by 2020.

The pilot program will be evaluated at the end of two years, and officials will determine whether to send goats to other grazing projects on state highways, according to David Buck, a spokesman for the highway administration.

The goats are reducing the state's carbon footprint and protecting the area's bog turtles, listed as threatened. In addition, he said, the animals are much cheaper than a mowing program: State costs are about $10,000 for two years, most of that for delivery and veterinary services.

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  -States unleash goats to keep grass trimmed (to reduce carbon footprint/protect environment/save $) usregimechange  Jun-14-09 03:37 PM   #0 
  - AWESOME! Goat Power!  Taverner   Jun-14-09 03:38 PM   #1 
  - baaaaa  usregimechange   Jun-14-09 03:39 PM   #2 
  - the more we go forward, the more we look backwards  NightWatcher   Jun-14-09 03:40 PM   #3 
  - What about goat farts?  bbinacan   Jun-14-09 03:40 PM   #4 
  - Good news  varelse   Jun-14-09 03:40 PM   #5 
  - They will eat anything, literally.  usregimechange   Jun-14-09 03:41 PM   #6 
     - I learned that the hard way...  CoffeeCat   Jun-14-09 03:55 PM   #13 
        - It's confusing to call your children "kids" ...  surrealAmerican   Jun-14-09 04:05 PM   #18 
  - Don't know, D.C. is full of jackasses and all they eat is green backs. n/t  jody   Jun-14-09 03:41 PM   #7 
  - They do this in Switzerland  gmoney   Jun-14-09 03:49 PM   #8 
  - I LOVE GOATS  OKNancy   Jun-14-09 03:51 PM   #9 
  - With mint jelly?  timeforpeace   Jun-14-09 03:58 PM   #15 
  - LOL  OKNancy   Jun-14-09 04:28 PM   #19 
  - Chevre!  TahitiNut   Jun-14-09 05:18 PM   #25 
  - Around here people rent goats for the same reason.  Cleita   Jun-14-09 03:53 PM   #10 
  - I want one for my yard!  CoffeeCat   Jun-14-09 03:53 PM   #11 
  - We work cheeeeeaaaap.  usregimechange   Jun-14-09 03:54 PM   #12 
  - Now that's inspired leadership.  timeforpeace   Jun-14-09 03:57 PM   #14 
  - I hate being a cynic..which is being a cynical cynic, I supose..but were it not for the $  angstlessk   Jun-14-09 04:01 PM   #16 
  - Not cynical, just observant.  rosesaylavee   Jun-14-09 04:42 PM   #20 
  - My pygmy goats do  Autumn   Jun-14-09 04:01 PM   #17 
  - Anybody who DOESN'T do this where feasible is practically  kestrel91316   Jun-14-09 04:51 PM   #21 
  - Goats have been used here  robdogbucky   Jun-14-09 04:52 PM   #22 
  - Breaking: Maryland FDA Recalls All Local Produce: Cites E Colli Contamination.  jazzjunkysue   Jun-14-09 04:57 PM   #23 
  - weeds  NV Whino   Jun-14-09 05:07 PM   #24 
  - Like rabbit shit  Autumn   Jun-14-09 06:18 PM   #29 
  - hint: wash your veggies.  anigbrowl   Jun-14-09 06:32 PM   #30 
     - Only a fool doesn't wash  Autumn   Jun-14-09 06:35 PM   #31 
  - my friend does this  reggie the dog   Jun-14-09 05:24 PM   #26 
  - We could use them here in Ca  Politicalboi   Jun-14-09 05:41 PM   #27 
  - When we first moved here, people hired sheep & goats to keep the open areas trimmed  SoCalDem   Jun-14-09 05:43 PM   #28 
  - Makes one wonder about walking around barefoot . . .  ConcernedCanuk   Jun-14-09 06:57 PM   #32 
  - Goat cheese is the best! Feed'em,  pleah   Jun-14-09 08:30 PM   #33 
  - I for one think this is a terrible idea  HamdenRice   Jun-15-09 08:01 AM   #34 
  - Goats are much cheaper than humans with slingblades. They don't unionize, file suit  bertman   Jun-15-09 08:15 AM   #35 
  - So instead of buying tractors, buy goats. Even half a dozen will get you work  lunatica   Jun-15-09 08:19 AM   #36 
     - Now I see why you use the moniker, lunatica. Go back and read my post again.  bertman   Jun-15-09 08:33 AM   #37 
        - Thanks for the compliment. I like my moniker too  lunatica   Jun-15-09 09:27 AM   #38 
           - Yes, I think the unemployed should be hired by the state as employees of the state  bertman   Jun-15-09 11:05 AM   #40 
  - I'd hire some,  LWolf   Jun-15-09 10:02 AM   #39 
     - Electric fence, if you can drive metal posts into the ground  csziggy   Jun-15-09 11:21 AM   #41 
        - I have some electric fence up.  LWolf   Jun-15-09 11:26 AM   #42 
           - Yeah, keepin the goats off stuff you want to keep is the hard part  csziggy   Jun-15-09 11:41 AM   #43 
              - All good thoughts to consider.  LWolf   Jun-15-09 12:07 PM   #44 

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