Mowing really gets my goat…

I hate mowing the lawn.

Honestly – is there anyone out there who actually enjoys it? It’s a drag – a hot, smelly and exhausting drag, and something we do begrudgingly because nature is forcing our hand.

For Melissa Thorpe, however, mowing the lawn is practically impossible.


The combination of plenty of rain followed by plenty of sun means the grass at her 26-hectare property in Austinville in the hinterland is knee-deep and unmanageable.

What’s a girl to do?

Simple: she gets some goats.

Thorpe recently posted an ad on Gumtree asking for a couple of goats to help keep the grass and weeds down. It may seem silly, but think about it… goats eat grass, and a lot of it. In fact, they eat pretty much anything. Add to that those adorable floppy ears and bearded chin and you’ve got yourself a recipe for success.

While some people are calling it desperate, I can’t fault the strategy.

And interesting, Thorpe is not the only one considering goats or other small farm animals as on-going lawn mowers.

Another resident in Pimpama is looking for the same thing, although they’re happy to take chickens or ponies as well.

Personally, I’m hoping this becomes a more widespread trend. I would love to see a goat nibbling on someone’s overgrown garden, even in the suburbs.

Sure, you may have to secure any vegetation you’re particularly attached to and keep an eye on the washing line, but that’s a small price to pay for the possibility of never needing to mow the lawn again.

Goat Industry Council of Australia President Rick Gates supports Thorne’s advertisement, saying it’s a brilliant idea as long as people followed livestock protocols; as long as the animal is being properly cared for, he argues, there’s no reason this idea wouldn’t work.

Since the Gold Coast’s famed rain and sun combination is likely to continue for some time, I wouldn’t be surprised to see more and more ads like this popping up.

In fact, I hope they do, and I hope it becomes a trend. In my view at least, there’s no such thing as too many goats.

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