Albany puts five Nanny goats to work

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany city officials are experimenting with goat power to help clear overgrown land around a reservoir.

The city says it is deploying five nanny goats this week to chew away nearly three acres of overgrowth along a steep slope at a reservoir in suburban Loudonville. Albany officials want to see how well the goats chomp down grapevines, sumac, bittersweet and other plants that have been growing for two decades.

The goats involved in the pilot program are being rented for $3,900 from a nearby farm. They are named Toast, Butter, Minnie, Blondie and Cleopatra. The goats are expected to finish the job in about a month. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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