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Goat producers sought for GIRDAC

04 January 2024

MLA is calling for applications from rangeland and commercial farmed goat producers to fill two available committee positions on the Goat Industry Research, Development and Adoption Committee (GIRDAC).

The GIRDAC committee 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 virtually four times a year 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.

The committee has a national focus and is comprised of commercial goat producers along with value chain, service providers and subject matter expert representatives as required.

GIRDAC members provide advice and endorsement relating to goat levy R&D priorities, terms of reference development and review, appointment of service providers and review of current project progress.

Interested rangeland goat producers and commercial farmed goat producers are encouraged to submit expressions of interest (EOIs) not exceeding two pages to MLA, addressing the following selection criteria:

  • details of experience within the goat industry, specifically rangeland goats
  • details of any experience in research, development and adoption
  • an outline of skills and experience the candidate brings to GIRDAC
  • why the candidate would like to be part of GIRDAC.

EOIs should be submitted to Melanie Smith and Richard Apps (MLA Program Managers – Sheep and Goat Productivity) via email: and by 25 January 2024.