FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Why are goats better than herbicides and mechanical vegetation removal?
Traditional methods for removing vegetation can be expensive and harmful to the environment. Machines have difficulty accessing steep and environmentally sensitive areas, human removal is very labor intensive and costly, and herbicides are harmful to water, soil, desirable vegetation, humans and animals. Goats have narrow mouths that crush what they eat making seeds that might otherwise be fertilized no longer viable. This is a big plus since machine cutting actually encourages more vegetation in the next growing cycle. Goat manure is also an excellent all-natural soil fertilizer. Our goats are tame, affectionate and incredibly fun to watch. 

What plants will goats eat?
Lucky for us, goats love to eat the plants that plague our yards and drive gardeners crazy. A few of their favorites are listed below, but rest assured, they happily devour countless others! Poison ivy, oak and sumac, English ivy; kudzu, mulit-flora rose, privet, wisteria, briars, blackberries; smilax and many more.

What about my ornamental plants and/or plants that we do not want eaten by goats?
No problem! We are experts at covering and/or fencing out any vegetation, large or small, that you want protected. Goats do not prefer grass, so lawn areas are not damaged.

How do you contain the goats, do we need to have fencing?
You do not need to have fencing. The Goat Squad installs temporary electric net fence that both contains the goats and protects them from potential predators.

Can I play with the goats when they visit?
Goats are nature’s best weed eaters, but a visit by the goats is a wonderful event in and of itself. We allow customers to interact with the goats as much or as little as they like. With customers who want to interact with and get to know the goats, we will take the time to introduce you to them, let you interact with them and tell you as much or as little as you want to know about enjoying and even raising them. Many customers choose to kick off a visit from the goats with a get together where people (including children) can meet and observe these remarkably useful and adorable creatures. On the other hand, if you’re busy, your hands are full, or goats are just not your cup of tea, you can just sit back and ignore them while they eat your weeds and brush.

What if we have a dog? Will the goats be afraid of it? Do we need to keep it inside when the goats are here?
We are glad to accommodate your dog’s needs while the goats are on site and have never had a problem with the goats coexisting with family pets.

What do we have to do to in preparation for and during the visit?
Not a thing. We handle everything from the moment we pull up until the time we leave. Beware though – the goats are tame, lovable and fun to watch and you may spend extra time gravitating outdoors to watch them devour your unwanted vegetation.

What kind of sites do you service?
All kinds! No site is too big or too small.

How many goats do you bring?
It depends on the size of your size and vegetation density, but for most sites, we bring between 25-40 goats.

How much does it cost?
Each property is different and everyone has different a different vision for what they want to achieve. That’s why we offer free estimates. During the estimate visit we talk to you about what you want to accomplish and discuss pricing and service options. We have a per day charge. In some cases there may be a set-up fee to cover the cost of getting the goats to and from your property and, if necessary, a fee to cover the cost of setting up electric fencing. If you’re the handy type and don’t mind getting dirty, you can save cost by assisting with fence set up and other tasks.

What is the first step?
Call us at (919) 967-8945 or email us at info@goatsquad.com about a free no obligation estimate or just to ask questions and learn more. If you’d like an estimate, we’ll schedule a time to meet with you at your property and discuss what you’d like cleared, when you want it done and how long it will take.

What sets your business apart from similar services?
The Goat Squad is a licensed, insured locally grown and owned business with roster of fans and happy customers. We love our work and take great pride in the results.  As our customers will attest – we’re not satisfied until you’re satisfied. Our goats are well cared for, vaccinated and raised with love and attention. This makes them very comfortable around people and a lot of fun to interact with. In fact, are goats are so tame and adorable that we also rent them out for parties and events.