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Google Brings Back Goats as Grass Mowers

Last year Google brought in goats to cut the grass at the Googleplex. It was a low-carbon approach that was designed to eliminate the noise and pollution that come with mowers. The goats were rented from California Grazing and after they had done their job, Google returned the handy animals. With spring upon us, the grass needs cutting again and the Google goats are back.

"More than 200 goats from California Grazing have once again arrived at our Mountain View headquarters where they’ll stay for over a week chomping away on grassy goodness," Dan Hoffman, Director of Real Estate and Workplace Services for NorCal said in a blog post. "The cost of bringing in the goats is comparable to hiring lawn mowers for the same job and the green benefits are clear: the goats eliminate mower emissions, reduce noise pollution, restore plant species and fertilize while grazing."

I'll refrain from making any corny goat puns, but only because I made them all last year. Go nuts in the comments if you can't resist goading the people who want to work for Google but haven't managed to get hired. *

* That one example doesn't count.

  • sliem
    Are you sure Google isn't attaching some kind of world domination, remote controlled chip-in-neck device for the goats?

    Goats will be remotely 'activated' and they will bear arms and bulletproof vest and helmets. They will also chomp you out. MUNCH! Baaaaaa! *pew pew*
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  • Punifier
    Google brings in Goats....MS Bing goes to the WNBA

    http://sports.yahoo.com/wnba/news;_ylt=AgostLgMzLoxcSa4mXtqllc5nYcB?slug=ap-storm-bingpartnership

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  • Hmmmm...Goats have to be shipped in...Emissions...Goats eat and breath and poo. Emmision. Then methane from their poo. Yeah I a sure this really is eco friendly as their mega servers. Unless they are hydropowed and cooled still emitting emissions. But who cares anyway. Tired of this green BS. Lets bring in goats when there is a freaking volcano spewing all over europe.
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  • meat81
    Can the goats play Crysis?
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  • Marco925
    It looks like some are slacking off.
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  • dameon51
    meat81Can the goats play Crysis?As I laughed I could feel my IQ drop 10 points.
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  • zoemayne
    so they cut their grass only in spring? In florida we cut the grass weekly sometimes and monthly at the least. At my university they were using a mowing company and it cost them about 25k and took 1 day to cut 1/3rd of the campus.
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  • enzo matrix
    sliemAre you sure Google isn't attaching some kind of world domination, remote controlled chip-in-neck device for the goats?Goats will be remotely 'activated' and they will bear arms and bulletproof vest and helmets. They will also chomp you out. MUNCH! Baaaaaa! *pew pew*Nah, they intend to do that with alien-pigs. with shotguns. And google will pay for shooting up my ride.
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  • NapoleonDK
    I wonder if the goats conform to Google's "Don't be evil" policy?

    Evil goats...

    *Shudders*
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  • Tmanishere
    I'm interested to see the actual pictures of their lawn.
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