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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Salt Lake City elementary school has found a cheap, chemical-free way to clear weeds from a treacherous hillside: A team of hungry goats.
For the third year in a row, a herd of goats is being used to landscape the tricky terrain at Washington Elementary School.
Ordinarily, the 4 Leaf Ranch brings 100 to 200 goats to devour the overgrown vegetation. But ranch owner Greg Cover says due to other commitments, only 50 goats were available.
The Salt Lake City School District loves to use the goats because it avoids using chemicals around children and it saves money. Using a landscaping crew would cost up to $8,000 to clean out the dry cheat grass on the hillside. The goats, on the other hand, can do it for about $3,000.