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Goats hub

Goats hub

MLA’s goat productivity program provides services and best practice information to help Australian producers secure a future as innovative, profitable and resilient world leaders in goat production. 

The program delivers a range of resources, tools, and engagement opportunities for goat producers to equip them with knowledge to improve their businesses. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on offer:

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Market information

The number of goats supplied for processing from each NLIS region in the 2021–22 financial year (Data Source: ISC)

Fast facts:

  • In 2021, the Australian goatmeat industry was worth over $242 million, with approximately 1.2 million head slaughtered.
  • The majority of Australian goat products are exported. Goatmeat harbours no religious restrictions and is a popular component of many diets, particularly in parts of Asia and the Middle East, North Africa (MENA) as well as Hispanic populations across the United States of America.
  • Consumer taste-testing of farmed Australian goatmeat has demonstrated a high acceptance of the protein among consumers, highlighting the potential to grow a domestic market for premium goatmeat.

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Industry Structures

The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA)

GICA is designated as a Commodity Council of the Federation by Federal Government. Under its charter as a Commodity Council, GICA is specifically designated as the organisation that develops collective goat industry policy, across all breeds. GICA works with Government, industry bodies, producers and other peak industry councils to this end.

More Information: Goat Industry Council of Australia

Goat Industry Research, Development and Adoption Committee (GIRDAC)

GIRDAC is an advisory group which provides recommendations on where goat levy funds are invested in research and development (R&D) and extension and adoption (E&A) initiatives for the Australian goatmeat and livestock industry. GIRDAC convenes to review RD&A funding proposals, progress of existing projects and results of concluding projects.

It operates independently to the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) as an MLA appointed and funded committee. GIRDAC operates with a national focus and comprises commercial goat producers along with value chain, service providers and subject matter expert representatives as required.

Going into goats guide

This information package includes 12 free, downloadable modules that explain the essential processes for a successful goat production system. This applies to goat production as a standalone enterprise or as one that complements other production systems.

The guide draws on the knowledge, skills and experience of more than 40 goat producers from across Australia and provides tools and information to help goat producers increase productivity while minimising risk.

Photo credit: Catlock Goats

Videos and webinars

  • Going into goats: A series of best practice videos building on from the 12 Going into Goats modules. These videos answer commonly asked questions about goat production.
  • Goat webinars: This series about the Australian goatmeat industry aims to boost productivity in the sector.
  • ParaBoss webinars: Practical advice on managing parasites in your livestock.
  • Fit to load: What’s changed?: Hear about the changes to MLA’s guide and what it means for producers, consignors and transporters.
  • Succession planning: Hear from Mike Stephens of Meridian Agriculture who has specialised in succession with farming families for over twenty years.

Workshops and training

EDGE network workshops: One-to-three-day workshops offering practical learning opportunities on business, breeding, nutrition and grazing management skills.

Profitable Grazing Systems: This takes small groups of like-minded producers who want to improve their whole-farm performance and matches them with coaches who share their knowledge, skills and experience.

Producer Demonstration SitesThis program allows producers to implement proven research and technologies in their own commercial operations with a group of like-minded peers.