Amazon has just rolled out their “Hire a Goat Grazer” service, through their Amazon Home Services (which used to be called Amazon Local), through which you can hire a herd of goats, along with a goatherd, to graze and forage your yard or land. No, it’s not an April Fools’ joke.
Using goats to clear land, or to control weeds, is as old as, well, the hills. And there are goat-renting services all across the U.S., from coast to coast, such as Rent a Goat in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Rent a Ruminant in Vashon, Washington, to everywhere in between, such as We Rent Goats in Idaho, Livestock for Landscapes in Colorado, and Eco Goats in Utah.
What’s new is being able to line them up and rent them through Amazon.
TIP Publisher Anne P. Mitchell with pet rescue goat Blanquita
So, how does it work? Because even with Amazon’s famous free two-day shipping for Amazon Prime members, somehow goats via UPS won’t work. (Maybe if they have large enough drones with their Amazon drone delivery service (we jest, we jest).)
Here’s how it works: You go to the Amazon page to rent goats, and provide some information, starting with your zip code to see whether they have a goat herding service provider in your area.
No Amazon Goat Herding in Boulder, Colorado
Amazon Goat Herding available in Burton, Washington
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If there is a goat herd providing services through Amazon in your area you go on to provide some additional information, such as the type of vegetation you have that you want to get rid of, how many acres, when you want the goats to show up, etc..
Explains Amazon, “Goats can eat tons of stuff! They’re curious little creatures that like to at least taste almost anything resembling a plant. They actually love to munch away at many types of vegetation that we find invasive, ugly, or harmful to humans. Goats can eat thistle, blackberry, English Ivy, kudzu, poison ivy, poison sumac, poison oak, wisteria, various grasses, and more. Your pro will be able to let you know for sure if the type of vegetation you want to get rid of happens to be on the goat’s menu.”
So, if you have some goat-appealing weeds in your yard, and you want to give Amazon goat herd rental a try, you can hire a goat grazer on Amazon here.