Wednesday, December 6, 2023

These farm animals will gladly take that Christmas tree off your hands

Goatworx will pick up your Christmas tree for its goats. (WYDaily/Courtesy photo/Commonwealth Goatworx)
Goatworx will pick up your Christmas tree for its goats. (WYDaily/Courtesy photo/Commonwealth Goatworx)

They did it last year, and now they’re doing it again: Goats are eating your Christmas trees.

But only if you ask them to.

A herd of goats with Goatworx — a “cleanup” crew of sorts — in New Kent, is ready to devour Christmas trees in an alternative form of recycling.

Last year, Rick Stewart, the owner of Hurricane Hill Farm in Lanexa, told WYDaily feeding the trees to goats is a better alternative to sending them to landfills.

Goatworx will pick the trees up at the curb for a $10 fee.

Back on the farm, the trees are given to the goats as a source of winter food. Christmas trees have valuable vitamins and minerals, and also help prevent worms in the goats.

The curbside Christmas tree pick up will be from Dec. 27 to Jan. 13.

Trees should be free of ornaments, lights, tinsel and other decorations.

Those interested in giving their trees to the goats should call 757-284-2570 or visit to schedule a pick up time.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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