06/01/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Google Rents Goats to Replace Lawnmowers (I'm Not Kidding)

In what absolutely reads like an April Fools joke, Google has a post on its blog today explaining how it has rented a herd of goats to replace the lawnmowers that normally cut the grass in the fields around its headquarters. And a border collie named Jen will be brought onto Google's payroll to help with the herding as well, apparently. No word on how the maintenance workers who previously had this job feel about losing work to goats. 1

At our Mountain View headquarters, we have some fields that we need to mow occasionally to clear weeds and brush to reduce fire hazard. This spring we decided to take a low-carbon approach: Instead of using noisy mowers that run on gasoline and pollute the air, we have rented some goats from California Grazing to do the job for us (we're not " kidding. A herder brings about 200 goats and they spend roughly a week with us at Google, eating the grass and fertilizing at the same time. It costs us about the same as mowing, and goats are a lot cuter to watch than lawn mowers. 2
  1. Google Rents Goats to Replace Lawnmowers (I'm Not Kidding) (TechCrunch)
  2. Mowing With Goats (Google Blog)