O'Hare's New Grounds Crew: Goats

Herd will munch on airport vegetation

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 8, 2013 5:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – Chicago has hired a herd of goats to keep vegetation in check around O'Hare airport, reports the Tribune. About 25 goats will arrive in about a month and start chomping on 120 acres, with a focus on hard-to-mow embankments and areas with dense brush. A shepherd will be around to make sure they don't hit the runways. The city is happy because it says the $20,000 contract through the end of 2014 is cheaper than using machine mowers. And we'll guess the goats will be happy, given the possible alternative: Their owners also own a restaurant called The Butcher and the Burger, although goat burgers are not currently on the menu.

O'Hare's new landscaping team will look something like this.
O'Hare's new landscaping team will look something like this.   (Shutterstock)
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