Spring is here as will soon be the need to mow your lawn. Big Box hardware and outdoor supply stores are boasting sales on noisy, gas-guzzling grass chopping behemoths. Have you ever considered a more natural alternative to a hearing-hampering, ozone-depleting mower?

I’ve wanted to get goats for years. Raising them for milk and meat has always appealed to me. The fact that our yard seems to only be green because of all the weeds that grow in it using goats as natural yard growth trimmers feels only natural. Plus, they leave behind naturally fermented fertilizer! But how many do I need?


The following calculator is more of a humorous exercise for me because I don’t need them to clip my whole yard in a day – plus I don’t think I’ll be renting a herd of guinea pigs any time soon. I may bequeath a small tract of land to a flock of hens, but not a thousand of them. My husband would freak out at the mere suggestion – he’s not keen on even 12!

So, if you are interested in a holistic approach to land clearing and would like to rent a herd of animals to do this job for you use this calculator by real estate group Movoto to see how many goats, sheep, cows, chickens or even guinea pigs you’d need to clear your land in one day.