Grievance Filed Over Mowing Goats on College Campus

Union isn't happy about goats at Western Michigan University
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 13, 2017 7:50 PM CDT
In a Friday, June 2, 2017 photo, goats from the landscaping company Munchers on Hooves graze on leaves and weeds near the Sindecuse Health Center on Western Michigan University's campus.   (Carly Geraci)
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(Newser) – A union has filed a grievance in response to Western Michigan University's hiring of goats to clear 15 acres of woodland on campus, the AP reports. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Kathi Babbit is the chief steward of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees local union. Babbit wrote in a July newsletter that the grievance had been filed in relation to subcontracting and the unreported use of goats. The university hired the team of goats after a half-acre trial run last year. Officials of goat rental company Munchers on Hooves say the animal consumes 3 to 5 pounds of vegetation per day and leaves behind natural fertilizer. A university spokesperson says no school workers have been laid off by the goat project. (Read more goats stories.)

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