FAQ

Do goats really eat tin cans?
No, they don’t. That’s pretty much a myth. (They don’t eat aluminum cans or car fenders either.)
Don’t goats smell bad?
The breeding males (billys) can smell pretty ripe during breeding season. But we don’t use our billys for grazing, so you won’t smell them. Billys have a pretty easy life and “work” for only about 45-60 days a year, making more little weed-eaters. The goats you see out eating weeds are mostly does (girls… pronounced “doughs”). If the season is right, we’ll bring the goat babies (kids) to the job. Our kids don’t go to work until they’re fit to travel, usually when they’re a month old.
Are there any weeds a goat won’t eat?
Goats aren’t real picky. But there are a few things goats just don’t go for, like cactus, tumble weed (once it has thorns), stinging nettle, and foxtails (once they grow those microscopic barbs dog owners know all about). In our experience, these are about the only plants goats won’t eat. For a list of the weeds our goats will gobble right down, see “What’s on the Menu.” One of the reasons we like to come visit property beforehand is to find out what kinds of weeds you have. As long as the weeds you have are weeds are goats like to graze on, we’re good to go.
Is there always someone watching over the goats?
Depending on a few factors, a We Rent Goats® employee and our guard dogs will watch the goats all the time or some of the time. If your property is in a high traffic area or in the middle of town, we will have an employee on duty full time. If the property is in a remote area, we’ll check the goats at least 2 times a day. You are not responsible for the goats unless special arrangements are made with us before we start the job. Our goats are our livelihood. We make sure that our ladies are well taken care of and safe.  
What if we want to pet your goats?
Petting our goats is not a problem—as long as we’re there with you. Our big concern is that you don’t touch our electrified fences. They look pretty lightweight, but they can deliver quite a shock.
I have other farm animals. Will that be a problem?
Not usually. For the most part we will keep the animals separated by electric fences so they don’t come into contact with one another.
Why is there a dog with the goats?
Our specially trained dogs live with the goats year around. They’re there to protect the goats and to help us move the goats from one area to the next. If you hear them barking, it’s usually for one of three reasons. The first is if the goats don’t go what the dogs tell them to go. The second is if a predator gets in with the goats (poor predator). The third is when they get up close to people they don’t know. In that case, all they’ll do is bark. We train our dogs not to be aggressive towards people. For the most part, we usually have at least one dog with the goats at all times.
Can I purchase goat meat from you?
We have goat meat available at different times of the year. Please see our Cycle of Life page for more information.
Are your goats treated humanely?
Yes, of course. We treat our does like queens. They’re our bread and butter, so we work hard to keep them happy. We Rent Goats® is also a member of Animal Welfare Approved (www.animalwelfareapproved.com). AWA is a third-party auditing organization that supports and promotes family ranchers who raise their animals with the highest welfare standards.
Do you rent goats out for anything other than weed control or fire prevention?
Yes. If you’re having a petting zoo or event, we’d be glad to bring goats to you… if we can fit it into our schedule. Give us a call well ahead of the event. We can also help you set up goat parties, where the goats mingle with guests, wine and beer. The goats are great conversation starters, and help people learn about sustainable weed control and fire protection.
What are the long-term benefits to using goats?
When goats graze noxious weeds, they reduce the viable seeds that would otherwise reproduce year after year. And the fewer weeds there are the more desirable plants are able to thrive. One of We Rent Goats® pastures was overgrown with weeds and didn’t produce any good pasture. We didn’t seed or do anything to the pasture. We just ran the goats on it. After our goats grazed it for two years, the pasture was full of clover and grass.If you want to improve your land, you might consider spreading pasture seed and let the goats’ hooves push the seeds into the soil. With annual visits to your property, we can help you achieve your acreage objectives.

 

Want to know if goats are right for you? Want a price quote? Or just want to talk goats? Give us a call at 208-337-3900. Or visit the Contact Us section of our site.

What’s on the menu?

Artichoke Thistle
Black Berry's*
Bull Thistle
Canada Thistle
Cheat Grass
Common Mullein
Common Tansy
Dalmatian Toad flax
Dandelions
Downy Brome
Horsetail
Indian tobacco
Ivy
Knap Weed
Kosia Weed*
Larkspur
Leafy Spurge*
Loco Weed
Medusa Head
Morning Glory
Musk Thistle
Nettle
Oxide Daisy
Plumless Thistle
Poison Oak
Poison Hemlock*
Puncture Vine (goat heads)
Purple Lostrife
Purple Star Thistle
Rush Skeleton Weed
Russian Olives*
Sage
Scotch Broom
Scotch Thistle
Snap Weed
Spotted Knapweed*
Sweet Clover
Yellow Star thistle*
Yucca
Wild Roses*

* Goat favorites