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Town uses goats to 'mow' grass

Town uses goats to 'mow' grass

NEW RICHMOND, Ohio (WTVN) -- A Clermont County community is turning to goats to keep the flood wall clear of unwanted vegetation.

The area, which is about 1,500 feet long and 80 feet wide, is typically only mowed twice each summer. That's because it's steep and rocky and that makes it costly to maintain.

"It becomes overgrown with weeds and natural shrubbery as we call it down here in Appalachia," said Ray Perszyk who came up with the suggestion of using goats.

Perszyk had read about goats being used at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport to clear hard-to-reach areas and thought maybe it would be a good option in New Richmond.

"These things will eat poison ivy and they'll pull ivy runners off the wall and devour the things. It's amazing," he said.

The goats being used belong to Zeke Kahn, a local high school student who decided to launch a business with the animals. He's using seven goats for the job and recently added 10 more over the weekend.

Perszyk doesn't think the city will probably save money, but for the same price the area will be cleared more than just the usual twice a year.

(Photo courtesy Zeke's Goats)

 

 

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