Department of the Interior

Government Goats

Each year the U.S. Federal Government spends about $5 billion to control invasive and noxious weeds like kudzu and cheatgrass. We spray tons of toxic chemicals onto these weeds in a struggle to stem the over $120 billion in damage to the U.S. economy. Instead of just using chemicals, crop-dusters and BLM workers though, we should put native “goats” such as Bighorn, Antelope and Dall’s Sheep on the government payroll! We’ll pay the little fellows in all the noxious weeds they can eat. Of course, in some cases, native species may not work, due to the obvious increase in wolves and predators which some ranchers don’t like. But there are hundreds of candidate areas around the countries where animal weed control would do the job, saving us up to $1.6 billion per year in direct costs, up to $38 billion per year in economic damages. Further, the animals could control potentially fire-prone brush and offer a secondary hunting and food benefit for sportspeople. In some areas, introduced goats could be put to the task.


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    Community Member

    Great Idea but it will never happen as long as there are former company CEO’s from conglomerates like Monsanto and Con Agra working for the government now in high level jobs with the Dept. of Agriculture.

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    Community Member

    What about the NNIS that the goats won't eat?

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    Community Member

    The Department of Commerce in Boulder, Colorado could also benefit by having goats but will GSA ever allow such a thing that makes sense??

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    Community Member

    Hey I have goats and they eat everything. they love paper too. and they keep the grass in the pasture low and nice looking.

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    Community Member ( Idea Submitter )

    When I was a kid my friend used to have pygmy goats, his amusement was making them fight with each other by picking them up on their hind legs. For some reason, goats are hard-wired to think they are in a fight when they either rear up on their hind legs, or see another goat do that!

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    Community Member

    Biological controls have a proven track record in some cases.

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    Community Member

    Think about Europe. You see sheep grazing everywhere and the grass looks freshly mowed.