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  Season 8 - Episode 803
 

Goats R Us

Goats R Us

Goats R Us

Goats R Us

Goats R Us

Goats R Us



  Goats R Us

At first glance Terri Oyarzun's just another hard working Mom. From the hustle and bustle of keeping schedules straight, to keeping bellies full, it's all family all the time. But Terri's family is not your average clan. That's because Terri's family consists of more than four thousand goats constantly clamoring for feeding and care.

Terri says, "Goats are very trusting animals, they're very loving, they're very docile animals. They're fun, and they're athletic; they do all kinds of hysterical antics when they're younger." But there's more going on here than fun and games. While the goats provide the brawn, Terri, husband Egon and son Zephyr are the brains behind a company called Goats R Us. With the help of their massive four-footed workforce, they've quickly become a leader in the business of brush control and fire prevention. To put it simply…the more their goats eat overgrown brush, the less chance there is for it to catch fire during the dry summer months.

Doug Renz who works for the City of Sacramento Marina welcomes the help of hungry animals who can boldly and safely go in to areas that would be dangerous and difficult for city workers.

"What we had here was as excessive amount of vegetation on the 2 to 1 slope, which is very steep and it started to create a fire hazard and it was also a safety concern and so we were looking for an environmentally friendly way to remove that excessive vegetation and we think goats are the solution", said Doug.
When they're not out eating for a living the bulk of the Goats R Us workforce grazes the day away in the hills and valleys of Contra Costa County. Meanwhile, back at the goat ranch, the humans are always hard at work.

Terri says, "It's a lifestyle, it's a commitment that you sit down and say this is what I'm going to do. But it makes it very worthwhile and we are very proud of the accomplishment and we can do it as a family.

There's the word again, family. Along the way Terri's learned a successful business is built on the ties that bind together creatures large and small. From the shepherd's they've recruited from South America, to the border collies that make sure the littlest ones don't get lost, everyone gets a daily dose of tender loving care. For Terri it all flows from a deep-seated belief that we're all connected.

Terri said, "I'm Native American and I was raised to respect the Earth and respect animals, but I think from a personal belief and years of experience I do believe that people should create a symbiotic living environment with other people, with animals, with the environment."

And if she's proud of her profits, Terri's true joy in life comes from being a mom to her son Zephyr and teaching him the finer points of life on a ranch. While other kids his age are busy playing videogames and watching TV, Zephyr spends the bulk of his time feeding the animals on the farm. Zephyr said, "I don't watch a lot of TV because I have a lot of chores to get done, I like to be out with the animals, it's more fun."

As her business of brush control continues to flourish, Terri maintains it's the things you can't buy in life that are the most important. And while the thought of taking care of 4,000 kids would make most other moms turn and run, Terri says she wouldn't have it any other way.

If you'd like to learn more about Goats R' Us visit their site at: www.goatsrus.com

 
   

 

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