Goats Still Going Strong In Year Two

SAYLORVILLE, Iowa — We introduced you to Iowa’s most innovative weed wackers last year.  In season number two, Goats on the Go continues to surprise.

“It just seemed so perfect to have something that would naturally take care of the weeds and be so enjoyable to watch at the same time,” said Sandee Wennerberg of Iowa City.

Sandee called them this week to help out her mom, Dolores, in Saylorville.

“It’s getting to look better,” Dolores laughs, “believe me!”

A dense, tangled mess of poison ivy, invasive species…and bugs.

“It’s two and a half acres in all,” she says, “and until I got a little older, I did take care of this yard myself.”

The goat guys continue to learn as they go.  Jobs like this which used to get twenty goats, now get forty.

“We’ve just found that it’s more cost-effective for our customers and more efficient for us if we can put a lot of goats on one place at once and do it more quickly,” says Aaron Steele, who co-owns Goats On The Go with his friend, Chad Steenhoek.

There’s still the same old appeal, though.  It’s somehow fun to watch the goats push, climb and chew their way through stuff most of us won’t go near.

“They are so cute,” Dolores smiles, “I just love them.”

Bridget was kind enough to wear our camera to give us a “goat’s eye view” of her work.  She’s a bit of a noisy eater…and bleats with her mouth full.

She wears the camera on her horn until I try to pet her and she takes off.

Oh well. It’s a hit.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” Dolores says.

“We just love the whole program,” Sandee adds. “We love the idea of it.”

More satisfied customers…and appetites.

 

4 comments

  • Jess

    we live in a rural community. My mom used to do this too, with goats she bought that more or less became pets. It’s so much easier for them to get around on brush laden hills and they really will eat just about anything! And so much safer then using all of that weed killer!

  • Rebecca Hergert

    I guess the City of Walker does this to avoid cost & mowing their cementery.
    I think it’s tacky & disgusting!!
    Maybe that’s why my husband & I never go back home anymore. (Amana’s, Center Point,)
    Too many things are a EYE-SORE!!

    • Jess

      Oh, Rebecca I am truly sorry that you feel that way! It is sad that you are no longer proud of your hometown. I think the goats are truly a great idea. They don’t stink, don’t give off harmful emissions (just because where you step) and aren’t noisy. But, I guess, like I said, we had them in a rural setting in an area that was very hard to maintain. It would be a little different if I had to dodge goats to visit my Dad’s grave.

  • Rebecca Hergert

    No! I’m not proud of my family how they have turn-out or my native area. (Linn County) (repulsive)
    My husband feels the same with the Amana’s!! Others have commented on the Amana’s, as well as the Des Moines Register reporting businesses closing.
    Everything has fallen apart back there!
    They have nothing to offer us!!

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