Goats are a little bit of a mystery for me; when I was a kid I used to think they were male sheep. The only purpose for goats I know of is goat cheese, which I’ve never had. But coincidentally, goats are eating machines. So much so that Crazy Horse Golf Course in Hutchinson, Kansas uses them for weed management.
The course has recently come under new management and rather than hire humans to maintain the rough, general manager Matt Seitz has elected to employ three female goats. Before the image of goats roaming free while you try to golf pops in your head, let me tell you Seitz keeps them on tethers and only in the rough. They even seem to be quite popular at the course:
“They love people. They will come up to you and rub against you. They want to be petted. I thought they might be a little cantankerous, but not these gals. They don’t bite, though I did have one try to chew on my pant leg.”
After a little research, I found out my local concert venue, the Xfinity Center, used goats for the same maintenance purposes.
So why do they use this hilarious animals as maintenance machines? Well, goats don’t eat grass, only weeds and even better they’re not bothered by eating poison ivy. Goats are an alternative to labor intensive pesticides that can ruin grass. The method isn’t new; in fact, golf courses in Scotland and Wisconsin already use goats for weed management.
Personally, I think the move is great. I’m a big fan of minimizing pesticides and if you can feed hilarious animals at the same time all the better.