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New Ways To Make Money With Goats
Whitney Beissner, founder of Goat Shenanigans, offers short-term goat rentals for parties and events.
After growing tired of living in a small, shared NYC apartment, Beissner moved to Texas and bought a ranch. The property came with chickens, barn cats, and goats, and she quickly found herself falling for their quirky personalities.
Beissner brought her goats to the office one day while struggling to find a balance between work and ranch life. To her surprise, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive, and it inspired an idea to help others connect with farm animals in unique ways.
From that inspiration, Goat Shenanigans was born. Operating in Austin, Texas, the company lets you rent goats for a myriad of special occasions, including Valentine’s Day visits, birthday parties, anniversaries, and anything else you can dream up.
Goat Shenanigans also hosts events, such as goat yoga, “Baby Goats and Beer,” “Coffee and Cuddles” and more. In some cases, the goats can be rented to provide comfort to families who have suffered a loss.
All of the company’s rental goats are comfortable being both indoors and out. At least one goat wrangler will be present at each event to ensure the goats are safe and help guests interact with them correctly. Outdoors, the goats will roam and jump on whatever they can access. If a safe, enclosed area is not available, the Goat Shenanigans team will set up a mobile pen.
While potty accidents are to be expected, the team will clean them immediately. In certain cases, the animals may even arrive in diapers to mitigate the mess potential.
Those looking to put the goats to work can also request access to a small herd for light brush clearing. Goats are voracious eaters and will make quick work of any weeds and brambles in their path.
Prices vary based on the event or service but range from $80 for a 25-min. visit with a goat to $300 for goat yoga or an all-day visit. The company typically has four to six goats available for any event, meaning that additional goats can be added at booking for an extra fee.
Consultations are available for those interested in establishing their own goat event business.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Goat Shenanigans, Lockhart, Texas 78644 (GoatShenanigansATX@gmail.com; www.goatshenanigans.com).


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