Going into goats
MLA's Going into Goats program was developed in 2006 with the launch of the Going into Goats: Profitable producers' best practice guide (GiG guide) and continues today as a delivery platform for outputs from research and development (R&D) activities for farmed and rangeland goat production systems.
Central to the program is the GiG guide, an information package designed to explain the essential processes for a successful goat production system. This applies to goat production as a standalone enterprise or as an enterprise that complements other production systems.
The GiG guide draws on the knowledge, skills and experience of more than 40 goat producers from across Australia. It provides tools and information to help goat producers increase productivity while minimising risk.
Supporting the program is the Goats on the Move eNewsletter, a quarterly email that provides tips, tools, updates, market news and case studies for subscribers.
Throughout 2014 and 2015 MLA hosted a series of goatmeat webinars. These webinars are now available online: Goatmeat Webinars.
The Going into Goats guide
The GiG Guide has 11 modules that address different aspects of the goat production system:
How to order the manual
Producers can access the individual modules above for free or they can order a hard copy of the manual.
The Goats on the Move eNewsletter supports the broader program and provides subscribers with a quarterly update on practical R&D outcomes and how these can be applied on-farm. The eNewsletter draws together tips, tools, insights, updates, market news, developments in domestic and international goat marketing and case studies.
Subscribe to the Goats on the move eNewsletter
Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan 2020
The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) with the support of MLA has developed a strategic plan to guide investment into the development of the Australian goatmeat and livestock industry through to 2020. This plan addresses the Meat Industry Strategic Plan (MISP 2020), developed by the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) which provides the overarching strategy for the red meat industry of Australia. This strategic plan also serves to inform the development of the various annual investment and activity plans for the primary service providers to the goat industry including MLA. Download a copy of the Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan 2020.
Events and activities
Through a dedicated extension program and as part of the Going into Goats program, MLA supports producer and organisation-initiated events throughout Australia. Through these events, MLA seeks to engage with producers through sessions addressing the principles, practices and tools included in the Going into Goats program.
Check the MLA events calendar for upcoming goat events and activities