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(WTSP)   "Mr. Fuzzy, Cookie, Mable, Alice and nearly 400 other goats were chomping on brush as part of the airport's unique -- and environmentally friendly -- approach to fire prevention"   (wtsp.com) divider line 37
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2013-07-08 08:54:00 AM
My kids raised goats for 4-H, and then I kept them for clearing brush.  A couple of escape artists became cabrito for a block party, but all in all it worked out well.  They take minimal effort to take care of, and a regular feeding keeps them friendly enough to round up or catch.
I don't think I'd like thumping into one on a runway though, unless the plane was huge.  Then it might be fun to watch the video.
 
2013-07-08 08:54:00 AM
Tasty,tasty fire prevention.
 
2013-07-08 08:58:29 AM
That article improved my morning.  I'd love to have some goats to take down the jungle that has overtaken my backyard.
 
2013-07-08 08:58:46 AM
FTA : "When passengers takeoff and fly over the goats, I'm sure that's a thrill," said Terri Oyarzun

www.polyvore.com

"I am thrilled."
 
2013-07-08 09:03:33 AM
There are a lot of folks who have discovered that goats are much more efficient and less expensive way to control brush than chemicals. There are brush plants such as kudzu, Scottish blackberry and morning glory that have become nearly immune to all but the harshest chemicals that goats will happily chomp on and reprocess into fertilizer, and do it pretty much for free.

They will eat literally any plant. An old teacher of mine spent several years trying to clean the blackberry out of an old pasture. He finally bought about a dozen goats and that pasture is now clear, and is home to about 50 head of Angus steers. He slaughters them for the Halal/Kosher market and does pretty well for himself. And the steaks that come off his farm are heavenly.
 
2013-07-08 09:09:29 AM
in the links below that article is another report that is HILARIOUS for many reasons

http://www.wtsp.com/news/watercooler/article/298404/58/Man-stabbed-d ur ing-threesome?odyssey=obinsite

just... just go see
 
2013-07-08 09:13:05 AM
I live in Rocklin, CA and there are a few herds that get moved around couple of times a year to keep down all of the brush. There were complaints the first year by some that the goats and sheep were driving out rodents and snakes. And it was true -- we never had mice in our backyard until then. But considering the alternative of a fire, I will take the mice and snakes every time.

My husband and I are like little kids when the sheep are behind the house. "We have sheep!" and loads of pictures.
 
2013-07-08 09:14:04 AM

Evil Mackerel: Tasty,tasty fire prevention.


Goat tastes... well, a lot like goat smells.
 
2013-07-08 09:17:34 AM
I just got my first goats a week ago so I'm really getting a kick ....

I don't think they're going to make a dent in my two acre yard, though - they're the size of large cats.

/fail
 
2013-07-08 09:17:58 AM
Just wait until one of them gets sucked into a jet engine.
 
2013-07-08 09:21:57 AM
I ♥ goats so much. That is all.
 
2013-07-08 09:26:24 AM

Sneakytoes: I just got my first goats a week ago so I'm really getting a kick ....

I don't think they're going to make a dent in my two acre yard, though - they're the size of large cats.

/fail


I think we're gonna need a bigger goat.
 
2013-07-08 09:26:51 AM
www.babble.com

I think this one eats luggage.
 
2013-07-08 09:33:05 AM
I had the sweestest pair of goats growing up. They were very affectionate and useful animals and I grew up drinking goat's milk - it was much easier to digest than cow's milk. Would love to have them again, but the city creeps ever closer.
 
2013-07-08 10:16:31 AM

Lady J: in the links below that article is another report that is HILARIOUS for many reasons

http://www.wtsp.com/news/watercooler/article/298404/58/Man-stabbed-d ur ing-threesome?odyssey=obinsite

just... just go see


Heh heh heh
 
2013-07-08 10:30:57 AM

megarian: Lady J: in the links below that article is another report that is HILARIOUS for many reasons

http://www.wtsp.com/news/watercooler/article/298404/58/Man-stabbed-d ur ing-threesome?odyssey=obinsite

just... just go see

Heh heh heh


i.ytimg.com
 
2013-07-08 10:31:27 AM
When goats become too old to work, they are typically sold for meat. But fear not, Mr. Fuzzy, Cookie, Mable, Alice won't end up at the slaughterhouse. The Oyarzun family lets its goats peacefully retire at its farm.

Do you serve red wine or white wine with "peacefully retired" goat?
 
2013-07-08 10:35:41 AM
CSB:  My husband is an account manager for a facilities management company and one of his accounts is the FDIC.  His team handles utility work on foreclosed commercial sites which includes, among other things, keeping the grass mowed.  One site was completely overgrown and they were having a hard time finding a landscaping guy to do the job at a decent rate (apparently, the FDIC doesn't pay very well).  Finally, my husband started calling local farms to rent sheep or goats to clear it out.  Found a goat farm 20 miles away from the site & the guy came over with half a dozen goats and did the job for a couple hundred bucks.
 
2013-07-08 10:40:53 AM
But machines or humans can't be used because two endangered species -- the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog -- live there.


humans cannot go in and cut the growth.. but goats are ok?   Having lived on a farm, I can understand the usefullness of such animals though.
 
2013-07-08 10:54:07 AM
So the goats clear out the brush so the area mainly grows small stuff like grass.

Causing an increase in the rabbit population.

Airports with large surrounding rabbit populations often wind up squishing several rabbits per day on the runways.

Squished rabbits attract vultures.

Vultures get sucked into jet engines causing crashes.
 
2013-07-08 10:57:38 AM

Public Savant: Evil Mackerel: Tasty,tasty fire prevention.

Goat tastes... well, a lot like goat smells.


Goat is awesome.  It's much like lamb, which is also awesome.
 
2013-07-08 11:07:59 AM

HairBolus: So the goats clear out the brush so the area mainly grows small stuff like grass.

Causing an increase in the rabbit population.

Airports with large surrounding rabbit populations often wind up squishing several rabbits per day on the runways.

Squished rabbits attract vultures.

Vultures get sucked into jet engines causing crashes.


Don't gorillas eat vultures?...
 
2013-07-08 11:08:14 AM
A friend of mine hired some goats to clear the brush in her backyard.

/dull story bro
 
2013-07-08 11:12:52 AM
They've been using goats for years now in my city to clear brush from areas overhanging the freeway. People put up huge hissy fits about goat poop in a local paper, so we didn't get to see the goats this year.

/people farking suck ass
//goats rule
 
2013-07-08 11:20:52 AM
Also stocking for the eventual BBQ.
 
2013-07-08 11:36:18 AM
Let me guess, the cause of that wreck last week was goats on the runway...
 
2013-07-08 11:51:08 AM
I wonder if they sounded like this?

http://www.youtube.com/w atch?v=PpccpglnNf0
 
2013-07-08 12:05:52 PM
Who makes sure the goats don't get out of control?  Who makes sure the goat sh*t doesn't get out of control?
 
2013-07-08 12:15:17 PM
FTFA:"When goats become too old to work, they are typically sold for meat. But fear not, Mr. Fuzzy, Cookie, Mable, Alice won't end up at the slaughterhouse. The Oyarzun family lets its goats peacefully retire at its farm."

At what point in a goat's life is it too old to eat food anymore?
 
2013-07-08 12:32:51 PM

Sasquach: FTFA:"When goats become too old to work, they are typically sold for meat. But fear not, Mr. Fuzzy, Cookie, Mable, Alice won't end up at the slaughterhouse. The Oyarzun family lets its goats peacefully retire at its farm."

At what point in a goat's life is it too old to eat food anymore?


from: TEETH AND AGE OF THE GOAT
 "Goats on a rough, coarse diet will grind their teeth away faster than does on an easily eaten diet."


So I guess retiring them from eating coarse brush is less expensive than giving them excellent dental care.
farm3.staticflickr.com
 
2013-07-08 12:41:58 PM

kattana: But machines or humans can't be used because two endangered species -- the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog -- live there.

humans cannot go in and cut the growth.. but goats are ok?   Having lived on a farm, I can understand the usefullness of such animals though.


The lawn mowers might run over an endangered lizard or frog while the goat may only step on or eat them.
 
2013-07-08 12:47:00 PM
Did anyone else read the goat's name as Mr. Fuzzy Cookie?
 
2013-07-08 01:41:24 PM

MugzyBrown: Public Savant: Evil Mackerel: Tasty,tasty fire prevention.

Goat tastes... well, a lot like goat smells.

Goat is awesome.  It's much like lamb, which is also awesome.


Fark yeah. Cabrito is slow-cooked heaven, birria... and some well-made barbacoa de hoyo with handmade tortillas, no wonder one gets so fat down Mexico way
 
2013-07-08 01:52:45 PM

FormerJanitor: Did anyone else read the goat's name as Mr. Fuzzy Cookie?


No, but you might have just spawned a new stripper name.
 
2013-07-08 04:05:19 PM

StrikitRich: kattana: But machines or humans can't be used because two endangered species -- the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog -- live there.

humans cannot go in and cut the growth.. but goats are ok?   Having lived on a farm, I can understand the usefullness of such animals though.

The lawn mowers might run over an endangered lizard or frog while the goat may only step on or eat them.


If goats are anything like sheep -- or at least the sheep I'm familiar with -- they would be careful enough not to step on small animals in the undergrowth.

Also, snakes and frogs can probably get out of the way of a browsing goat. They're quick. Not quick enough to escape a weed whacker, but surely enough to dodge a hoof.
 
2013-07-08 06:24:52 PM

kattana: But machines or humans can't be used because two endangered species -- the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog -- live there.

humans cannot go in and cut the growth.. but goats are ok?   Having lived on a farm, I can understand the usefullness of such animals though.


So, to protect two endangered species, the authorities use goats who've contributed to endangering and extirpating species by destroying their fragile environments.
 
2013-07-09 11:27:56 AM

FormerJanitor: Did anyone else read the goat's name as Mr. Fuzzy Cookie?


Mr. Fuzzy Cookie is the name of my Blind Lemon cover band
 
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