Have You Considered Feeding Your Christmas Tree to a Goat?

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Are you staring mournfully at your Christmas tree, wondering what in the hell you're going to do with a six-foot-tall piece of dead vegetation? Well, if you live in Reno, consider feeding it to a herd of goats.

Volunteer firefighter Vince Thomas has seen too many trees simply thrown outside. Which might be fine, if this weren't bone-dry, fire-prone Nevada. "All you have to do is get off the beaten path a ways and you'll see trees all over," he told the Reno Gazette-Journal (h/t Fark). There's a big push to turn your trees over to chippers (one local program donates the resulting mulch to local parks), but Thomas has an alternative solution. Enter "Goat Grazers," his goat herding business, which is partnering with the local department to dispose of your discarded merriment:

"All the trees will be taken to the Truckee Meadows fire station in Washoe Valley, which has a lot more room for all them," Thomas said. "Then, we'll toss them over the fence and let the goats have at them."

"They'll eat the pine needles and leave the skeleton of the tree," he said. "It basically looks like Charlie Brown's Christmas with a scrawny tree that has nothing but the branches."


He added that, "The goats are great employees, they love their job and they don't complain." Goats: They give us so much.

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that's actually a really nice idea.

is there any way they could let the wood dry out and then use it for firewood, or would that not be good wood to burn?