Government goats laid off in shutdown

Larry Cihanek's goats graze among the weeds at federal parks and keep the places looking healthy.

By MSN Money Partner Oct 10, 2013 12:41PM

Goats grazing on grass (© Marcel ter Bekke/Getty Images)CNBCThe federal government shutdown is really getting Larry Cihanek's goats—about 65 of them.


That's because Cihanek is a goat farmer, and a big part of his business is leasing out his herd to federal parks, where they graze among the weeds and keep the places looking healthy and green.


Because of the shutdown, only three of Cihanek's goats are working, grazing at a locally run park in Easton, Pa., not for the Feds.


The rest have been furloughed because national parks are closed during the impasse in Washington. They're now munching in the fields at Cihanek's farm in Rhinebeck, N.Y.


Unfortunately, finances are too tight in Easton to get any more goats.


"My goats live the American dream," an optimistic Cihanek told The Morning Call of Allentown, Pa. "They eat for a living."


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Oct 10, 2013 3:55PM
I rather enjoyed this story.....a moment of humor in the midst of darkness.  Lighten up, people!
Oct 10, 2013 3:45PM
Just when I thought this country was going to the dogs.
Oct 10, 2013 4:48PM
Oh my goodness that is the most hilarious thing I've read all week!  Love it!  Go goats go!
Oct 10, 2013 4:40PM
This guy had it made, the gov't paid him for feeding his goats. Where do I sign up.
Oct 10, 2013 2:26PM
Goats are nice.....If someone else owns them.
Oct 10, 2013 4:54PM
 Life is about balance. This story balanced me today. Thank You
Oct 10, 2013 2:51PM
its a human oops - goat interest story
Oct 10, 2013 5:21PM
Have they applied for their unemployment benefits yet?
Oct 10, 2013 4:51PM

You need to try drinking goats milk...............its delicious!

As if this has anything to do with the article  LOL. Gotta love goats.

Oct 10, 2013 5:56PM

bahhhhahhhhahhh....Yes we have had a few goats, mow our yard, mow some of the flowers and


 they are real good at trimming Blue Spruce trees....

They are also very calming to have around horses and fairly smart 

Oct 10, 2013 6:11PM

we need this Goat farmer.... If he  rents his goats out to help keep cost down.... the federal government  would pay the farmer or .. (we)  The government would be paying a contractor to use his big lawn mower  and that lawn mower will be driven by a illegal immigrant and gas to run the machine...  at least some one is trying to help keep us GREEN.

Oct 10, 2013 6:15PM

The shut down gets my goat too!!!! 


In my humble opinion it reflects the intelligence of our leader!

Oct 10, 2013 6:32PM
I think the goats should put together a protest rally!  This is very baaaaad.
Oct 10, 2013 6:21PM
This article is to prepare you for the next Afganny goat herder we have lead this country!
At last MSM had something worthy to report on. Shutdown, old ladies pushed off the cliff in their lame wheel chairs, children starving, gov't selling guns to the cartel, rich folk like me getting tax dollars to further our richness, the citizens' finally getting some spine (with my help) and taking action and on and on. How does this stuff qualify as news? Goats, now that is news! Whenever I encourage citizen outrage, I do it here . Stay thirsty my friends
Oct 10, 2013 5:57PM

Oops misspelled San Diego, sorry. My little daughter always called it Sandy Ego! I promise to spell check from now on!

Goats R US!

Oct 10, 2013 5:55PM

Goats are used especially for fire prevention in brushy areas, around homes, in forests and even airports. After the awful Berkely fire, there was a long waiting list for goats to clear a good firebreak around homes and the Sad Diego fire could have been prevented if there hadn't been a decision that it was too expensive to clear the brush out. For more happy & heartbreaking stories Google GoatsR Us. The Govmnt was going to kill the goats living on Catalina Island but one man said he would take the goats and promised that they could live out their lives at his ranch. He did it and soon was renting out his goats to help out. Cool! Happy goats! Happy me! Pay the goats!

Oct 10, 2013 6:24PM
I'm a USDA goat farm and if I miss an Inspection it could set me back years on my certification process!!!! 
Oct 10, 2013 6:57PM
Don't sit back yet, people. Cows are the next to go. (Then where will we get our government cheese?)
Oct 10, 2013 6:07PM
LOL I thought you were talking about the 800,000 government employees!
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