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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.