If you have land needing clearing, goats are your go to animal to clear your land and get the job done quickly. Not sure about raising goats yourself, or do you have the goats but they’ve cleared your land already? Here are some fun ways you can put your goats to work and clear your land.
Last year we let our vegetable garden go, with a baby and a new pregnancy and our farming focus on starting our haying business the garden went to seed. Next thing we knew there we had grown weeds and bramble higher than myself. It was time to find goats to clear our land.
Use Goats to Clear Your Land
A huge sense of failure overcame me, I can’t do it all. Then, when we were delivering hay to a customer she mentioned needing a home for her goats while she showed her house for sale. We left her with hay and came home with her goats… to borrow!
When deciding what animals we wanted to raise, I had read somewhere that lambs were like your sweet children and goats were like the bad kids in the neighbourhood. I also read that they are great land clearers.
How to find Goats to clear your land
If you have land needing clearing or a vegetable garden full of weeds renting or borrowing goats is a good feasible option to test out goats before committing to raising them. Put an “ISO” in search of ad out in your local farming community and take a drive in the country side on the look out for goats. Contact your local 4H. Make an arrangement with the goat farmer regarding feed and water, the length of time and transportation.
Things to consider when renting goats to clear your land
- What is your plan for feed and water? Ask the owner if they need supplemental feed.
- Is your area properly fenced? Goats are escape artists. Check your gates and fences first and do minor repairs if needed. If you don’t have a fenced in area, look into setting up portable electric fencing.
- How will you transport the animals? Who’s trailer will you use?
- Make arrangements with the owner about how long you will keep them for, you’ll need to make sure they have enough land to forage and clear before sending them back.
We got started by bringing six goats home. They were easy to coax into the trailer and into our fenced in garden.
It took those 6 goats 3 weeks to clear our 50×50 fenced garden patch. We left them water, and they used the old garden shed as their shelter. They hardly drank the water we left them and they happily ate away.
We brought them over in end of July when the fields were dying if not being watered. Excuse the high chair- photo was taken when setting up the cake smash for my son’s farm themed John Deere first birthday party.
The goat owner was very happy to lend them, we fed them for free for near a month and her fields had some time to recover while she prepared to sell her farm.
It was a positive experience, I recommend giving goats a test run!
Other Reasons to Have Goats
- Goats are a great addition to a small homestead if you don’t have room for larger livestock.
- They provide a family with milk, often used for making cheese and soap. I love goats milk soap and this is on my list of homesteading skills to learn- soap making!
- They are quite the entertainment and are good farm animals to have with children. Petting farms always have goats for a good reason.
- They are also a healthy meat source
I see goats in the future here on our farm, our boys will love them as they get a bit bigger and could help with milking chores at an early age.