D’Goat Ranch in the News

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Using goats as an environmentally friendly way to fight weeds has caught many peoples interest. Here is a list of articles and news stories about goat grazing, many of them featuring D’Goat Ranch.

The Salt Lake Tribune: Weed problem? Hire some goats

Jason Garn, owner of D’Goat Ranch in Box Elder County, says his goats are environmentally-friendly — and more effective at clearing away vegetation than traditional weed-killing methods.

Deseret News: Got weeds? Hire a goat

Garn assists landscapers by either letting them take a few goats for a couple of weeks to clean up their yards, or by transporting a whole herd to complete the chore within a few days. Beforehand, he inspects the land to decide the scale of the job.

Desert News: Goats clear out weeds

Garn said it will take his herd of 750 goats only about 10 days to clear the one-acre parcel of the preserve, west of Redwood Road near Center Street

Army.mil: Utah Guard enlists help from ‘A Few Good Goats’

“The fire line plowed into the goat firebreak and stopped,” Hammond said. “Personnel on the ridge at the time … remarked that had it not been for the goats, the fire would not have stopped at the ridgeline.”

Mother Nature Network: Another kind of hoover

Once the sheep or goats chew their way through the weeds, the herders move the fences, and corral the animals into another area. Depending on the amount of vegetation and type of weed, it takes at least 100 goats to graze one acre a day, says Jason Garn, owner of D’Goat Ranch in Utah.


“They’re amazing,” said Jason Garn, co-owner of D’Goat Ranch in Fielding, Utah. Garn’s goats have cleaned up Utah state parks and created “fire breaks” – swaths of chewed-down dry growth – near neighborhoods and a National Guard training base.

Examiner.com: Goats Used for Weed Control

Jason Garn, owner of D’Goat Ranch in Box Elder County, said that his goats are an environmentally-friendly and effective way to rid areas of unwanted weeds and grass.

The Davis Clipper: Legacy frustrations getting UDOT’s goat?

The goats are happy to munch on the weeds, crushing about 99 percent of the seeds as they chew. As a result the seeds aren’t spread through the digestive process. The goats also virtually ignore native plants which will be beneficial to wildlife in the area.

Wikipedia: Goat

Goats have been used by humans to clear unwanted vegetation for centuries. They have been described as “eating machines” and “biological control agents”.

Wikipedia: Conservation grazing

Also called goat grazing or targeted grazing when used to meet specific goals for rangeland,[3] conservation grazing is generally less intensive than practices such as prescribed burning,