Man Collects Old Christmas Trees From His Neighborhood To Feed To His Goats

by Ileana Paules-Bronet
Ileana is the Editor of Original Content at LittleThings. She grew up in upstate New York and Oregon and now lives in Queens, NY. Ileana graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in sociology. After graduating, she attended the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, then worked as in marketing at Oxford University Press. Since transitioning to editorial, she has written for sites like BuzzFeed, HuffPost, and Unwritten. She has also worked for local newspapers and magazines in upstate New York. In her free time, you can find Ileana watching Law and Order: SVU, eating ice cream, and spending time with her dog.

In early January, just after people have wrapped up their New Year’s celebrations, everyone says goodbye to the holiday season.

They take down their Christmas decorations, get back into the swing of things at work, and toss out their Christmas trees.

In many cities, there are designated locations where people can drop off their dying Christmas trees. From there, the trees are picked up and turned into mulch.

One North Carolina man has a better solution for these old Christmas trees, though: feeding them to his goats. Scott McMullen has four goats, and they’re like family to him.

Scott says there’s a misconception among people that goats will eat absolutely anything. Apparently, that’s not the case — at least for Scott’s goats.

This year, Scott gave his goats a special treat: Christmas trees to munch on. And the trees are very healthy for the goats!

“There is a natural deworming process to it,” Scott told Fox8 News. “It beats me having to run around and medicate them with some pharmaceutical stuff. I’d rather go all natural with them.”

And there are other benefits to Scott’s Christmas tree roundup as well. He explained, “I get to meet people in the community, see what things are about. I am fresh to this community. That is the objective, to learn all about it.”

The goats absolutely love eating Christmas trees, and Scott’s three pigs sometimes join in as well!

Footage provided by WGHP Greensboro

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