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Augusta goat deployment delayed till Monday

Thursday, Aug 7, 2014 11:36 AM
Last updated Friday, Aug 8, 2014 12:12 AM
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Augusta’s deployment of six goats to maintain vegetation at an area detention pond is on hold until Monday while the goats undergo veterinary care and the city builds a second shelter for them at the pilot site.

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Goats are seen in a holding pen at the Augusta Animal Services office off Mack Lane.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Goats are seen in a holding pen at the Augusta Animal Services office off Mack Lane.

“We never intended to leave them out through the weekend, so it just didn’t make sense to get them out there this afternoon, only to bring them back tomorrow,” Interim Deputy Administrator Steve Cassell said Thursday.

The pilot program, modeled on other cities, aspires to use goats as a cost-effective way to keep vegetation down at Augusta’s nearly 700 detention ponds. Starting with six goats, the city hopes to determine how fast they work and later expand the program to additional areas.

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JustSpeakingMyMind
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JustSpeakingMyMind 08/07/14 - 11:49 am
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The ponds do not detain anything

They are referred to as retention ponds not detention ponds.

grinder48
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grinder48 08/07/14 - 12:36 pm
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Another well planned and executed plan by mr cassell

Riverman1
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Riverman1 08/07/14 - 12:53 pm
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JustSpeakingMyMind Nope

JustSpeakingMyMind, I thought the same thing awhile back, but I was wrong. It is detention pond even though most folks say retention pond.

AutumnLeaves
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AutumnLeaves 08/07/14 - 02:28 pm
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corgimom
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corgimom 08/07/14 - 04:07 pm
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I sure wouldn't want a house

I sure wouldn't want a house that borders one of those ponds.

Goats stink, and so do their droppings.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 08/07/14 - 06:38 pm
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This just goes to show...

...that the Augusta/Richmond County government cannot even organize a tiny herd of six goats!!! No wonder we are in such poor shape.
Next week: "Commissioners Postpone Two Car Funeral to Revise Order of Cars, Route".

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/08/14 - 06:32 am
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A future 911 call in the making...

911: what the nature of your emergency?
Caller: Someone is shooting the goats at the detention pond next to my house.
911: What is your address & Phone #
Caller: _____ ###-####
911: Thanks that info checkout , now can you describe the goats?
Caller: ?about 40 pound 3 feet high?
911: how are they dressed?
Caller: Their Goats!!!
911: I understand sir, but I have a computer asking how they are dressed.
Caller: NAKED!
911: OK how many Goats?
Caller: There are 2 guys____!
911: I'll get to those questions when the computer asks them.
Caller: 6 goats:
911: What makes you think they are being shot?
Caller: a Guy is aiming a rifle, pulling the trigger, and the goats are falling over.
911: Are the Goats Sick at your location?
Caller hangs up...
911: calls back... sir I still a computer asking questions and its needs answers before we are done.
.............

IBeDogGone
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IBeDogGone 08/08/14 - 06:45 am
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Commissioners

I was going to suggest we send a few of our leaders out to teach the goats what to do until I remembered they are more like cows they chew their cudd and then spit it out!

nocnoc
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nocnoc 08/08/14 - 07:57 am
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Since we are dealing with a DOWNTOWN IDEA

SO WHAT ABOUT THE GOAT MANURE?

Goats produce about 4 to 5 percent of their body weight in manure a day, or about 50 pounds of manure per day per 7 to 8 Average size goats.

REMEMBER
besides flooding, detention ponds are there to help protect our streams. So there is an ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION Concern also☺

I see $50,000 headed out the door for flown in EPA, PETA and etc.. consultants

historylover
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historylover 08/08/14 - 10:22 am
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Goats

Ok people. This is one post that you won't be able to argue with because it's fact. We have been raising goats for almost 20 years now as PETS, not for slaughter. Our goats' offspring can be seen all over the rural areas around Augusta and that too is fact since we raise a unique blend of goat breeds.

Goats do not stink any more than any other animal. The males if they are not wethered do stink. They stink to high heaven! Hopefully though the city will be smart enough to use goats that cannot reproduce or they will have another much bigger problem on their hands!

Nocnoc, goat manure should be 100% organic, especially if they are only fed grass and feed, so no problems there. Besides, I'm not sure that detention ponds feed into other bodies of water from what I've seen. Maybe they do and I'm wrong?

LOVE your 911 call! However, seriously, what will protect these animals when they're at the ponds. Lots of people do eat goats and there are some out there who wills see them as super easy prey. Also, one coyote can wipe out six goats quickly. I don't know that fences will stop them when they see the corralled like this.

All in all it's a great idea. Lots of municipalities across the country use goats quite successfully to keep their grassy areas clean and "mowed." I just hope that our leaders have thought this all through.

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