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Goats for hire in Virginia

A big appetite is good business.

June 15, 2011|Elizabeth Harrington | Reporter

STAUNTON, Va. — Got weeds? Hire a goat.

The animals are part of a growing business in Virginia and they're pros when it comes to clearing land. 

"People come up to us all the time and they're just amazed at what they do and how good they are at it," says Clay Trainum who runs Autumn Olive Farms in Waynesboro.

Right now his South African Boer Bok goats are eating the overgrown brush and invasive plants at the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton. The dense nine acres should be cleared in two weeks.

"They're excellent employees," says Trainum, "They work 24 hours a day, seven days a week and they don't complain."

The goats eat invasive plants such as honeysuckle, vine, bush, blackberry, multiflora rose and even poison ivy.

They're also good for the environment.  Using goats to clear land means no chemicals or machinery.

The goats have big appetites.  One adult can eat between eight and nine pounds every day.

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