ECO Goats. Saw this on an article today, and thought it was pretty funny. Goats are just even more awesome. So I decided to share, but I am not a clever man whe
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ECO Goats. Saw this on an article today, and thought it was pretty funny. Goats are just even more awesome. So I decided to share, but I am not a clever man whe

Saw this on an article today, and thought it was pretty funny. Goats are just even more awesome. So I decided to share, but I am not a clever man when it comes to computers. Some of these images are Gifs, but I didn't know how to make this whole PS paint (the MonaLisa it is) with partial animated photos.

If you want to see the full article and its gifs:

news.yahoo.com/these-goats-were-set-lose-in-the-congressional-cemetery-211819510.html

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#30 - gentlemanpyro (08/09/2013) [-]
But aren't those just clovers
#16 - CosplayNinja (08/08/2013) [-]
Going to call ******** on one part of this. The 'toxic' plant they have circled? Yeah, that's common clover. The other plants in the same picture are fescue grass, and creeping jenny. The other stuff the goats are pictured eating is bush honeysuckle, wild geraniums, and a freakin maple tree. The only reason people call in goats to take care of overgrown vegetation is when people are too lazy or scared of using proper chemical application. Source- a degrees in horticulture and agriculture sciences
User avatar #32 to #16 - diablojoe (08/09/2013) [-]
Just because the plants weren't toxic doesn't mean tat they should have used heavy herbicides or machinery instead. It still would have been more expensive and harmful to the environment so the use of goats is actually a wise choice
#37 to #16 - Rascal (08/09/2013) [-]
he's right. 110% right. im in an agricultural school, and everything he said was true.
User avatar #113 to #16 - majormoron (08/09/2013) [-]
"too lazy or scared of using proper chemical application"

Or, you know, they could just not want to add more goddamn **** to our over polluted planet already? Whats wrong with letting the goats eat it? It works just as well (if not better, goats are ******* pigs when it comes to vegitation [I OWN 10 OF THEM] and at the same time it provides a meal that they would have to otherwise find elsewhere, as well as the fact that at the price mentioned above it is probably cheaper than applying chemicals to the whole area.

TL;DR Chemicals isn't the answer to everything holehead.
User avatar #123 to #16 - missrainbowdash (08/09/2013) [-]
are you denying that these chemicals wouldn't cause at least some environmental runoff or that it would have costed 10,000 dollars to do that job that way?
#124 to #16 - Weekendman (08/09/2013) [-]
Glad to see that degree is really being put to use.
Glad to see that degree is really being put to use.
#126 to #16 - Rascal (08/09/2013) [-]
Actually no, this was a widely reported news story
#128 to #16 - benighted (08/09/2013) [-]
Its true you know, this guy is legit, here's his Diploma.
#33 to #16 - Rascal (08/09/2013) [-]
"degrees in horticulture and agriculture sciences"

so how does it feel to be unemployed?
User avatar #39 to #33 - pandation (08/09/2013) [-]
Right because getting a major dealing with what America uses over 51% of it's land (agriculture) and leading sciences to potentially end world hunger with research towards sustainable crops around the world is something that can lead to unemployment...
#121 to #39 - pedrophile (08/09/2013) [-]
It was a joke
It was a joke
User avatar #139 to #121 - rieskimo (08/09/2013) [-]
An uneducated joke, it was a bad joke, that joke should go back and learn some **** before it shows up again.
#145 to #139 - pedrophile (08/09/2013) [-]
I don't it was pretty funny to me, then again it was uneducated  Just like half the other jokes on the internet
I don't it was pretty funny to me, then again it was uneducated Just like half the other jokes on the internet
User avatar #146 to #145 - pandation (08/09/2013) [-]
No actually most jokes are educated. The only jokes that are blatantly a false statement that's supposed to be funny are satirical and meant to be wrong. That joke was just uneducated since he had absolutely no idea what that degree entailed and it showed
#147 to #146 - pedrophile (08/09/2013) [-]
Actually i think it was meant to be wrong, he was trying to be funny but you cant expect everyone to know that: Lowest Unemployment Area of Study #3: Agriculture and Natural Resources, i'm just saying it was pretty funny to me but to each their own.
Actually i think it was meant to be wrong, he was trying to be funny but you cant expect everyone to know that: Lowest Unemployment Area of Study #3: Agriculture and Natural Resources, i'm just saying it was pretty funny to me but to each their own.
User avatar #148 to #147 - pandation (08/09/2013) [-]
Without a hint of sarcasm or satire, I highly doubt that. He should at least do some research if he felt the need to comment about it. Literally spoke without thinking and we all know we all need a little less of that everywhere
#149 to #148 - pedrophile (08/09/2013) [-]
That's true and i agree it was uneducated Should i feel stupid i still find it funny?
User avatar #150 to #149 - pandation (08/09/2013) [-]
You shouldn't feel bad about your own preference and sense of humor. That's who you are
User avatar #48 to #33 - rockmanneos (08/09/2013) [-]
>doesn't have a degree in engineering or mathematics
>lol, must be unemployed
Are you really that stupid?
#18 to #16 - Rascal (08/09/2013) [-]
While you are 100% correct on the plant, the use of goats is actually completely understandable in many cases. Goats are most commonly used in sensitive areas where chemicals or mechanical removal is impractical or to risky. They also are used because they require basically no effort, send the goats out and weight. And depending on what exactly needs to be done the use of goats can be significantly cheaper than mechanical or chemical control, on the order of thousands of dollars depending on the size of the area. Source: Degree in Environmental Science and job as an Arborist
User avatar #116 to #16 - wiredguy (08/09/2013) [-]
So basically, you're a college farmer?
#50 to #16 - CosplayNinja (08/09/2013) [-]
Okay, let me clear up a couple points -
1. I have a job and make pretty good money as an Arborist
2. I agree that -in certain cases- goats can be the more environmentally sound choice. However, if I were visiting my dearly departed, the last thing I want to see is a mound of goat **** and piss on their graves. Chemicals, when applied correctly, have little to no effect on the local environment. There are also completely organic chemical choices as well. Many people are too lazy to go through and properly spray (i.e. wait for a day with no wind, get out spraying equipment, measure, ect.)
3. Goats generally prefer to eat new, soft plant material, leaving behind mature, ready-to-seed weeds. Meaning they will leave behind all that 'pesky overgrown toxic vegetation'. It leaves the area looking more unkempt than it was before. How many of you have actually been in a goat pasture? It looks terrible.
4. You cannot let goats go willy-nilly into a overgrown vegetation patch. There are many plants that are poisonous to goats that they'll try to eat anyway. So you have to go through and get rid of those yourself before releasing the goats anyway.
5. They will not eat mullein or nightshade. So you're going to have to get rid of them yourself on those two weeds as well.

Just dropping a little Ag knowledge on ya. Kudos to the story for trying to promote a more eco-friendly way of weed control, but know your **** before you get up on your pedestal. Thanks.
User avatar #54 to #16 - gardenmanly (08/09/2013) [-]
Countryfag here... While I agree that these pictures are showing no immediately poisonous plants (I'm just taking your word on it since you seem very educated about it), goats are still a very good way of clearing plants that are otherwise aggravating to remove such as poison ivy or thorn bushes. There are a few things they can't/wont eat, but the idea of using goats is to get the land back to a point where its easier to work on. If they eat down 90% of the plants, its pretty easy to go in there and clear out the last bit. You're also right that they will go and eat the younger immature plants first since they are quite a bit tastier to the goat, but this is no different than humans wanting to eat the tastier food that is in their house first. But, once the younger plants are gone, they will absolutely eat the overgrown vegetation as long as it is not a wooded plant (but thats easy enough to remove after). Pigs are often used in addition to goats, usually after the goats gnaw down most of the vegetation, since they root. After all the vegetation is gone, they can be used to root up the little stubs left behind, so that the plants will not immediately come back. Also, goats tend to leave their droppings in pretty small piles and unlike horse or cow manure, goat manure is very small (similar to rabbit droppings) and will disappear in no time. Additionally, if one chooses, they can easily just rototill the area after everything is gone, lay down some grass seed, and the manure left behind by the goats will just go to helping the grass grow.

TL;DR, I don't doubt that you know what you're talking about in terms of horticulture and I'm sure chemicals can clear an area fine with no complication either, but I have grown up on a farm for my whole life and can verify that goats are a perfectly viable solution to overgrown vegetation.
#19 to #16 - ajweston (08/09/2013) [-]
Don't hate on people looking for work in a tough economy... Those goats had families to feed.
#36 - mankey (08/09/2013) [-]
Goat? Goat! GOAT! GOOOOOOOAAAAT!
User avatar #38 to #36 - bonlino (08/09/2013) [-]
i cant remember what that is from. i have a vague idea that its from DMWTZ but im not 100%
#40 to #38 - mankey (08/09/2013) [-]
Silky smooth!
User avatar #122 - yoshimeetsu (08/09/2013) [-]
You have subscribed to Goat Facts.
User avatar #65 - highhopes (08/09/2013) [-]
...And they will **** on your grave.
#66 to #65 - Rascal (08/09/2013) [-]
who cares? They're congressmen.
#68 to #66 - SILENCEnight (08/09/2013) [-]
**SILENCEnight rolled a random image posted in comment #111 at God is great ** Well played.
#59 - volleys (08/09/2013) [-]
Onward to victory!
#46 - starchild (08/09/2013) [-]
related!!
#35 - jjholt ONLINE (08/09/2013) [-]
the only thing I can think of while reading this is you're charging someone to feed your gluttonous animals.    
   
that's pretty 			*******		 smart
the only thing I can think of while reading this is you're charging someone to feed your gluttonous animals.

that's pretty ******* smart
User avatar #24 - sweener (08/09/2013) [-]
They have some goats going around the city I live in, its pretty cool.

Also, onetime there were some police officers out there watching them too. Like a giant petting zoo, goats and pigs......
User avatar #60 - finblob (08/09/2013) [-]
You can order goats at this website, just google "goatse" I get all my goats there. (I live in a rural farm)
User avatar #61 to #60 - harrywarden (08/09/2013) [-]
Holy **** , those goats are cheap
User avatar #62 to #61 - finblob (08/09/2013) [-]
I know, right? We have a few on our farm. We like to give them cutesy names.
#49 - snakefire (08/09/2013) [-]
Reminds me of the time I set loose a bunch of praying mantises and spiders in my room to get rid of stuff like mosquitos and flies.
User avatar #64 - krasnogvardiech (08/09/2013) [-]
Using a cheap and reliable alternative to risky and harsh industrial crap.
A rice farmer whose name currently escapes me does/did the same thing up in China - instead of expensive and toxic pesticides and insecticides, he just lets ducks roam loose on his rice paddies. They eat insects & lighter weeds, pack the mud down and keep the dirt fertilized.
User avatar #34 - threeeighteen (08/09/2013) [-]
Goats are a ******* pain in the ass to have as pets though, those cunts will clear the fence and start acting da mickey.
User avatar #107 to #34 - anotherjoenobody (08/09/2013) [-]
"acting da mickey?"
User avatar #142 to #34 - jajathezombie (08/09/2013) [-]
My old horseback riding instructor had a goat. She wound up getting rid of it after less than a year because every morning it would be on her car, just bouncing on the roof.
#20 - blackaurora (08/09/2013) [-]
Imagine how much **** that would generate, though.
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#118 to #2 - manager (08/09/2013) [-]
Comment Picture
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User avatar #5 to #4 - sparkyoneonetwo (08/08/2013) [-]
that's kinda sad....
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User avatar #9 to #6 - delrio (08/08/2013) [-]
It's a proven fact that spending too much time in front of a screen can make you depressed.



I suggest turning off the computer and reading a book, I suggest Calvin and Hobbes.
#133 to #9 - Classic (08/09/2013) [-]
what he said
what he said
#75 to #6 - xzayviaaeyeres (08/09/2013) [-]
I shall come over and say hi if your anywhere near. Sadly, I doubt this because i'm nowhere near anyone
User avatar #7 to #6 - sparkyoneonetwo (08/08/2013) [-]
so... why not do something to make it better??
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User avatar #10 to #8 - sparkyoneonetwo (08/08/2013) [-]
I ******* hate therapist they do nothing but **** **** up
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User avatar #12 to #11 - sparkyoneonetwo (08/08/2013) [-]
not to be a dick but that is pretty funny.
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User avatar #14 to #13 - sparkyoneonetwo (08/08/2013) [-]
I don't understand anxiety though... some odd stuff to me
User avatar #119 - Milvath (08/09/2013) [-]
and goats are pretty efficient in the long turn, unlike sheep, goats eat the whole plant, including the roots, so the weeds won't grow back
#120 to #119 - newtoast (08/09/2013) [-]
And they **** everywhere, so it fertilizes the ground for things that are supposed to grow there, like grass n trees

Goats kick ass
#52 - frodofappins (08/09/2013) [-]
Thought this sounded a bit crazy - so I decided to do some number crunching.

60 goats operating at 25c per hour. That's $15 per hour, okay? That sounds a bit daunting, right?

Then you have to pay for them throughout the whole day, as the goats will stay on the land through nights as well. 15 x 24 = 360 You are paying $360 dollars per day, looking bad now huh?
Fast forward a week and the goats have cleared 1.6 acres, at a cost to you of $2520. $2520, that is insane, does anybody else here grasp how small an acre actually is?
I realise that Machinery would cost more than twice as much, so the goats sound good, huh?
However, on my farm for a job like this, I hire two other guys, which costs me $400, and a few gallons of pesticide, which cost varies depending on how specific, but I buy at about $200-300 and we could get this done in less than a week, and the weeds wouldn't grow back, unlike with the goats.

If im paying $2520 per week for some goats for a job which I could do for at most $700, can't I expect talking goats, wearing collars of solid gold, who can grant me three wishes or something?
User avatar #55 to #52 - flybager (08/09/2013) [-]
the point is that it's eco-friendly and cheaper than using machinery.
#56 to #55 - frodofappins (08/09/2013) [-]
If you actually buy decent pesticides then they do little or no damage to the environment - and I acknowledged that the Goats were cheaper than machinery.
If you actually buy decent pesticides then they do little or no damage to the environment - and I acknowledged that the Goats were cheaper than machinery.
User avatar #57 to #55 - Iseewhatudidthar (08/09/2013) [-]
not cheaper, but yes more eco-friendly
User avatar #129 - techniik (08/09/2013) [-]
I CAN BORROW A GOAT FOR A DAY FOR A ******* QUARTER?
User avatar #134 to #129 - kobegriffeysanders (08/09/2013) [-]
It's 25 cents per hour, not per day. So it would cost six dollars per day.
User avatar #135 to #134 - techniik (08/09/2013) [-]
THAT'S 6 ******* DOLLARS FOR A GOAT
User avatar #151 to #135 - Dwarf (09/25/2013) [-]
Which would be $42 per goat. You can easily find goats around that price anyway.
#58 - clapsnotfaps (08/09/2013) [-]
Truely magical creatures.
#41 - frostsalamander (08/09/2013) [-]
but then they will 			****		 on the graves too :/ still a fair deal though
but then they will **** on the graves too :/ still a fair deal though
User avatar #47 to #41 - fuckmods (08/09/2013) [-]
fertilizer
User avatar #51 to #41 - amegaara (08/09/2013) [-]
majestic horse
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