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My World #6: Goats R Us

24 Nov

I first saw them many years ago on the local news.  They were being featured after they did “work” for the SFO runway.  Apparently, there are some spots in the runway, where workmen are not allowed and for some reason, they can get access. 

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I never paid any more attention to it.  A couple of years later as I was a few yards from home, I hit a little traffic in this residential road.  I noticed the people stopped their cars in the middle of the road to watch them do their work on the hillside.  This particular hillside is a little steep that man cannot do the job.  I thought that was funny that they get tapped to do the job.  The following day, just as I was driving past that same spot, I saw their “ride”.  A trailer with the words GOATS R US was parked on the side of the road. 

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Another year past and I was expecting to see them do their usual work of the hillside.  But they were nowhere to be found.  One weekend my hubs and I did our usual walk/photo shoot of our fave regional park, we saw them.  They are now doing this work for the park for fire prevention purposes, as you know California has added fire as the fifth season of the year.  And because I had come here to shoot and walk, I had my camera with me.  Below are the shots I took from that walk.  Taken at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.

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This spring I saw them in the neighboring city clearing hillside brush in the residential area again.  I guess there will be no dearth of work to be done by these handsome beasts.

Is there something similar to this in your world?  I would like to know.  Thanks.

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43 Comments

Posted by on November 24, 2008 in bay area, personal, photo meme

 

43 responses to “My World #6: Goats R Us

  1. Yen

    November 24, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I’m glad you take photos of them. I remember when I went to Thailand and there was a small farm that let tourist watch the goats in a huge area. I never took photos though because I thought, they’re just goats! LOL Now, I wished I did!

    Thanks for stopping by;-)

     
  2. Klaus

    November 24, 2008 at 8:23 pm

    Neat lawnmowers! 😉
    Cheers, Klaus

     
  3. Luiz Ramos

    November 24, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Nice report. Beautiful “Goats R Us” animals.

     
  4. Troy Mullens

    November 24, 2008 at 8:43 pm

    They have a lot of goat ranches in south Texas, but nothing like ‘goats for hire’. Great post and terrific photos.

    Troy and Martha

     
  5. Louise Cannon

    November 24, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I LOVE goats! And so many at once. I have never heard of them being put to work as landscapers, but it’s a clever idea, until they start demanding too many benefits!

     
  6. Leslie

    November 24, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    Fantastic shots! Thanks for sharing them with us today. Cheers! 😀

     
  7. April

    November 24, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    I really like your goat post! They look very contented, and I think they are probably “well-paid”! Beautiful close-ups too! Thanks for sharing.

     
  8. Fishing Guy

    November 24, 2008 at 9:01 pm

    Neat captures of the goats of your world.

     
  9. indicainq8

    November 24, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    What a lovely set of photographs! In the last picture, the cutie seems to be looking directly at your camera – posing!

     
  10. Carver

    November 24, 2008 at 9:35 pm

    I absolutely love this. Great shots but also so interesting that the goats are put to work. I’m not sure if there is anything like this in my part of the world. It sure does make sense.

     
  11. Leora

    November 24, 2008 at 10:05 pm

    These are great! Great photos, great goats. Nope, haven’t seen any goats in Highland Park lately. Just deer and ground hogs.

     
  12. Leora

    November 24, 2008 at 10:07 pm

    These are great! Great photos, great goats. Nope, haven’t seen any goats in Highland Park lately. Just deer and ground hogs.

     
  13. Susan

    November 24, 2008 at 10:34 pm

    We used to raise goats: there are so many here you can’t give them away without begging.

    But, years ago when my mother-in-law in the city complained about her back garden being overgrown, we joked that she could borrow a goat for a day to clean it up.

    Dang. Now that I see your post, I wish I’d had more initiative! LOL With a trailer I could have been in business!

    Thanks for the photos and story; great post.

     
  14. babooshka

    November 24, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    So many, like goat island. We have a few mountain goats, but nothing as wonderful as this sight

     
  15. jeanne

    November 24, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    That is just fantastic.

     
  16. Pernille

    November 24, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    The goat is so cute:) Wonderful post from your corner of the world. Thank for sharing:)

    Have a nice week:)

     
  17. wren

    November 24, 2008 at 11:47 pm

    Cute as well as functional. I haven’t seen them put to such practical use anywhere around here, but I owned a couple of goats once and found them to be very interesting animals.

    Love “Goats R Us”

     
  18. Sri Kebakat

    November 24, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    Very nice and interesting post. Have a Happyy and wonderful day with My World today! Mine is at http://justmeNus.blogspot.com

     
  19. 2sweetnsaxy

    November 24, 2008 at 11:56 pm

    This was great. I thought you were talking about workmen and I kept wondering what this had to do with the goats. Then I realized you were talking about the goats. LOL! How very practical to use them to clear the terrain. 🙂

     
  20. Rob (Inukshuk Adventure)

    November 25, 2008 at 12:03 am

    Yes, goats as lawn mower, like pigs as rotovator/rotary plough. Great pics.

     
  21. alicesg

    November 25, 2008 at 1:29 am

    Lovely photos of the goats. And very interesting information.

     
  22. Awang-Malaysia

    November 25, 2008 at 2:06 am

    Very interesting information and nice photos.We have’Toy R Us’where children love to visit.
    By the way Thanks for commenting on my blog.
    Have a nice day.

     
  23. mannanan

    November 25, 2008 at 2:11 am

    What a fantastic idea to use animals to keep the vegetation in check. Great photos and narrative, thank you. Here on the IOM we have a feral herd of goats that live on the coastal edge between Laxey and Ramsey. Nothing in comparison to this though.

     
  24. Becky

    November 25, 2008 at 2:32 am

    “Goats for hire”…what a clever idea!
    Talk about going green!!! tee hee
    Thanks for sharing a walk with the live weed eaters in your world!

     
  25. Geogypsy

    November 25, 2008 at 2:56 am

    What a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

     
  26. Indrani

    November 25, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Nature’s lawn mowers! 🙂
    Lovely close shots of the goats.

     
  27. SandyCarlson

    November 25, 2008 at 3:02 am

    Gotta love ’em. These are beautiful photos. Thanks.

     
  28. Mojo

    November 25, 2008 at 3:11 am

    Now that? Is a cool idea. Not only do the goats work more or less for free, they’re environmentally sound as well! And major props for the person who came up with the idea of hiring them out. I bet he has no shortage of work. And goats? They are eating machines. I imagine they’re very efficient.

     
  29. Rural Writer

    November 25, 2008 at 4:50 am

    How neat! Goats R Us! That’s a good way to to cut back on the gas used, and feed the goats and clear brush at the same time. Efficient!

     
  30. Carletta

    November 25, 2008 at 5:18 am

    So many – your closeup shots are terrific!

     
  31. Lilli

    November 25, 2008 at 5:51 am

    that is a lot of goats, love the close up shots. Thanks for sharing your part of the world

     
  32. Bobbie in Hawaii

    November 25, 2008 at 6:16 am

    We have nothing like Goats R Us here in Hawaii, but on my island we do have some wild goats that we need to look out for. Sometimes they wander out into the road at night.

     
  33. Guy Dauphinais

    November 25, 2008 at 7:34 am

    Great shots, looks like some rural areas around our city. Thanks for sharing

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

     
  34. MumbaiiteAnu

    November 25, 2008 at 8:12 am

    It’s a beautiful place and what a nice idea of putting goats to work. My 3 year old would love to run around here. The pictures are beautiful, the goat close-ups too.

     
  35. auringonkukkaperhe finland

    November 25, 2008 at 11:24 am

    BEAUTIFUL PLACE AND PHOTOS!
    have a nice week 🙂

     
  36. Jennifer

    November 25, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    I had actually heard about them before from another blogger. Nice pictures 🙂 About half and hour from hamburg begins the Lueneburger Heide, a heath landscape that was created and is kept alive by grazing sheep. These sheep are several similar breeds that are called Heidschnucken.

     
  37. pcpach

    November 25, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Hmm, wonder if my wife will allow me to replace the lawnmower with goats…

     
  38. Brit' Gal Sarah

    November 25, 2008 at 12:34 pm

    Great piccies of the goats r us!

     
  39. Laura

    November 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    thats a cool idea… I actually thing there is something sort of like that but not exactly a big a quantity…

     
  40. Antigoni

    November 25, 2008 at 4:50 pm

    The goats are the same around the world. Funny post!

     
  41. Ivar Ivrig

    November 25, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    Goats are great landscapers, eating “everything”. Funny MWT post 🙂

     
  42. Erin

    November 25, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    good post and love the goat pics.
    they are good at what they do…and used for many tasks for clearing places quickly and effectively.

     
  43. Kathiesbirds

    November 26, 2008 at 6:09 pm

    I love goats! 20 years ago I used to have some. That second to the last photo looks excatly like one I had named Snowflake! What a cutie! Thanks for visiting my blog!

     

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