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Goatscaping Co. founders Elaine Philbrick and Jim Courmier check on workers clearing a hillside at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham.
Goatscaping Co. founders Elaine Philbrick and Jim Courmier check on workers clearing a hillside at Black Rock Country Club in Hingham.Photos by Barry Chin/Globe Staff

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Glen Misiaszek was griping at a family gathering about the perils and pain of attacking the poison ivy and brambles at the edges of the Cohasset Golf Club, where he’s the course superintendent.

“You should rent a ruminant,” a relative told him.

“You’re kidding,” he replied,

“No, rent a goat,” she said.

So he did, joining a small but growing clientele of a cottage industry that uses four-legged critters to manage vegetation in places ranging from the Google campus in California to the Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C.

Misiaszek leased a crew of four from the Goatscaping Co. in August 2012, becoming the first customer of the Plymouth-based enterprise that now wrangles 30 goats along with a team of four sheep.

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