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GICA update

13 June 2022

Goat producers are being encouraged to have input into the Goat Industry Council of Australia’s (GICA) draft five-year plan to help guide the industry’s future.

GICA is the peak industry council for the goat industry and is designated as the organisation that develops goat industry policy across all breeds, working with government, industry bodies, producers and other peak industry councils.

GICA President John Falkenhagen said the draft five-year plan will align to the key pillars of Red Meat 2030, which is the strategic plan for Australia’s red meat businesses.

“From ensuring whole-of-industry animal health and welfare standards and systems, through to biosecurity and traceability – the plan will address what the goat industry needs to do to ensure it has a prosperous future,” John said.

“GICA is encouraging goat producers to get involved through their State Farmer Organisations or commodity-based member organisations.”

A full list of member contacts is available here.

Levy review

GICA has agreed to undertake a review of the current goat transaction levy.

GICA is responsible for managing and making recommendations to the federal government for the distribution of the goat transaction levy income.

Legislation stipulates that the transaction levy is collected at a rate of 37.7 cents per head.

John said the decision to undertake the review came after a member organisation’s goat committee members brought forward the recommendation.

“We’re only at the start of the process and there will be a lot of consultation with goat producers to follow – watch this space,” John said.