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Baah! Gov't goats laid off in shutdown, no kidding

Thursday, 10 Oct 2013 | 9:39 AM ET
Another victim of the government shutdown...
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Another victim of the government shutdown...

The 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."

(Get the full report here.)

—By CNBC.com.

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