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

Grazing Goats Green Google's Grounds

The two corporate behemoths, unlike in so many ways, have at least one thing in common: they're both using livestock to trim the grass at company campuses. In a post last Friday on the Official Google Blog, Dan Hoffman (who heads the company's real estate services), announced that about 200 goats are now grazing on Google's Mountain View headquarters. 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 ". Goats on Campus (from the Google Blog) In California, keeping grasses and weeds cut short is a highly important practice, especially for a state with a history of raging wildfires that also happens to be in the midst of a three-year-long drought. But in this instance I would say that more is always better) Goat photos CC-licensed by Flickr users ynskjen and Paraflyer 2

Google's not the only search giant using goats - Yahoo uses them too, USA Today reports. Bayer Health recently rented 1,450 sheep to graze grass on its Richmond, California campus, according to Fast Company. 1
  1. Google Clears Fields With Goats (Environmental Leader)
  2. Grazing Goats Green Google's Grounds (GreenBiz)