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Goats are saving one Salt Lake City school thousands in landscaping costs

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For the third year in a row, a herd of goats are being used to landscape the tricky terrain at Washington Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Greg Cover a local farmer says using goats is cleaner, more efficient and cheaper than most ways of cutting the grass.

"We're not hurting bees we're not hurting birds, its just a natural thing that's been around for thousands of years," Cover said.

The Salt Lake City School District prefers using goats because they can avoid using chemicals around school children and it can save money.

Using a landscaping crew would cost up to $8,000, but the goats on the other hand can do it for about $3,000.

"Using goats is just the right natural way to do it," said Ricardo Zubiate, with Salt Lake City Schools.

Cover said he uses his goats on large plots of land, like for the school district and the US Forest Service, but he says he also provides goats for small patches of land.

KUTV contributed to this story.

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