Tag: Goats

Australia’s goat meat exports boom with herd recovery

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat exports have risen 20 percent in 2021 year-to-date on the back of a lift in the national herd. Source: Sheep Central Australia’s goat meat exports boom with herd recovery

Weekly property review: Goats are booming – no kidding!

THE value of western division land in New South Wales and Queensland has risen sharply in recent times on the back of strong pricing across most commodity classes. This week’s property review looks at how the regions’ property prices have tracked in marginal country suited to running goats. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review:… Read more »

Demand falls as AuctionsPlus goat listings drop 10pc

GOAT demand declined as AuctionsPlus listings dropped by 10 percent to 5642 head over the past two weeks. Source: Sheep Central Demand falls as AuctionsPlus goat listings drop 10pc

Victorian biosecurity grants application deadline extended

ELIGIBLE Victorian organisations in the cattle, sheep, goat, swine and honey bee industries now have until Friday 26 November to apply for funding through the Livestock Biosecurity Funds – Grant Program. Source: Sheep Central Victorian biosecurity grants application deadline extended

Vic Livestock Biosecurity Grants applications extended

Eligible Victorian organisations in the cattle, sheep, goat, swine and honey bee industries now have until Friday 26 November to apply for funding through the Livestock Biosecurity Funds – Grant Program. Source: Beef Central Vic Livestock Biosecurity Grants applications extended

Have you 'herd' why firefighters want help from goats?

They have a reputation for eating everything in sight and that is why they are being deployed to help protect New South Wales from future bushfires. Source: ABC Livestock Have you ‘herd’ why firefighters want help from goats?

COVID kids Astra and Zeneca get birthing season underway

Victoria’s newest kids on the block are twins whose names set the theme for the dozens of other newborns expected at a goat farm in the coming days. Source: ABC Livestock COVID kids Astra and Zeneca get birthing season underway

Remote town known for droughts now famous for its goat pies

As it turns out goat and pies are a lucrative combination, just ask Meedo Station’s Chris and Tim Higham who are capitalising on a growing trend. Source: ABC Livestock Remote town known for droughts now famous for its goat pies

Tight goat supplies keep prices and clearances high

TIGHTER supply has helped goat clearance rates remain strong on AuctionsPlus in the past two week period, with 80 percent clearance achieved and 781 head sold. Source: Sheep Central Tight goat supplies keep prices and clearances high

Superior rangeland goat genetics could be the way to go

SUPERIOR Australian rangeland goat genetics could perform as well as Boer goat genetics, South African research has indicated. New research out of South Africa has indicated scientifically selecting superior genetics… Source: Sheep Central Superior rangeland goat genetics could be the way to go

Goat production plummets but experts promise a surge is coming

The decline is actually good news for the industry, experts say, with the local slaughter predicted to start climbing to new heights in a year’s time. Source: ABC Livestock Goat production plummets but experts promise a surge is coming

Boer cross goats in demand in AuctionsPlus sale

BOER cross does sold for up to $257.50 a head and rangeland does made to $150 in the AuctionsPlus National Goat Sale last week. Source: Sheep Central Boer cross goats in demand in AuctionsPlus sale

Trial suggests liveweight has no affect on male goat meat quality

MEAT quality characteristics of lot-fed male Australian rangeland goats are unaffected by liveweight at slaughter, new research has indicated. Source: Sheep Central Trial suggests liveweight has no affect on male goat meat quality

Australia is still world’s biggest goat meat exporter

AUSTRALIA is still the world’s top goat meat exporter despite accounting for only about one per cent of global production after a drop in shipments last year. Source: Sheep Central Australia is still world’s biggest goat meat exporter

Goat producers get new digital tools for production assurance

GOAT producers can now fill out Livestock Production Assurance property risk assessments and farm biosecurity plans electronically, Meat & Livestock Australia said this week. Source: Sheep Central Goat producers get new digital tools for production assurance

Consumers enlisted to flesh out goat meat quality parameters

GOAT meat quality parameters and consumer preferences will be fleshed out with a new research study at the University of New England. Source: Sheep Central Consumers enlisted to flesh out goat meat quality parameters

No kidding! Goats are proving fine at controlling noxious weeds

Goats can eat a variety of noxious weeds from fireweed to bitou bush and will often graze on weeds rather than desirable pasture species. Source: ABC Livestock No kidding! Goats are proving fine at controlling noxious weeds

MeatUp forums to deliver sheep and goat meat insights

SHEEP and goat meat marketing, strategic industry and breeding insights will be shared in a series of MeatUp forums set to start in South Australia and New South Wales next month. Source: Sheep Central MeatUp forums to deliver sheep and goat meat insights

Goat fertility study estimates cost of kid losses

KID loss is a significant cost to Australia’s growing farmed goat meat sector, an on-farm and desktop research study has found.   Source: Sheep Central Goat fertility study estimates cost of kid losses

'Crazy goat lady': How an unconventional gift saved Alyssia's life

Alyssia Coates didn’t think she had a future but then her husband bought her a few goats. Now the dairy farmer wants to help others find meaningful purpose through caring for animals. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Crazy goat lady’: How an unconventional gift saved Alyssia’s life

Goat breeders need to test new visual assessment app

TESTING of a new visual assessment app for goats is being expanded to involve interested breeder groups, breed societies and individual breeders. Source: Sheep Central Goat breeders need to test new visual assessment app

On-farm breakthrough in goat worm testing

GOAT producers can undertake rapid on-farm worm egg count testing without having to send dung samples away to laboratories, a study of a new diagnostic technology has found. Source: Sheep Central On-farm breakthrough in goat worm testing

Why farmers are looking to goats to turn a profit in tough times

Twenty years ago, Neil Cadzow can remember getting 50 cents a kilogram for a goat carcass. Now he gets more than $1 a kilogram for an animal once considered a pest. Source: ABC Livestock Why farmers are looking to goats to turn a profit in tough times

New award to recognise quality sheep and goat meat

SUSTAINABLE and ethical sheep and goat meat producers responding to consumer demand for high quality products will be recognised by a new Australian food industry award. Source: Sheep Central New award to recognise quality sheep and goat meat

This energy-efficient goat dairy runs on solar power, no kidding

When you buy your next block of cheese, it may have been produced using solar power — especially if it’s from a farm in the rolling hills of southern Tasmania. Source: ABC Livestock This energy-efficient goat dairy runs on solar power, no kidding

MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

AUSTRALIA is the world’s largest sheep and goat meat exporter and exports more than 65 percent of its red meat production, according to a report released last week. Source: Sheep Central MLA report confirms Australia as world’s top sheep and goat meat exporter

Goat research project offers subsidised pregnancy scanning

AUSTRALIAN goat meat producers are working with researchers to boost productivity and meet growing export demand as they measure herd reproduction rates in local production systems. Source: Sheep Central Goat research project offers subsidised pregnancy scanning

Goat events planned for South Australia and Queensland

THE Bred Well Fed Well course designed initially for sheep is to be extended across Australia for goat producers. Source: Sheep Central Goat events planned for South Australia and Queensland

Mandatory sheep and goat EID boosts NLIS compliance

MANDATORY Victorian electronic sheep and goat ear tag use and online workshops have boosted overall National Livestock Identification System compliance, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported. Source: Sheep Central Mandatory sheep and goat EID boosts NLIS compliance

Dubbo goats sell $10-$15 cheaper with less restocker demand

GOATS sold up to $10-$15 cheaper at Dubbo’s quarterly goat sale last week as continued dry conditions limited restocker activity. Source: Sheep Central Dubbo goats sell – cheaper with less restocker demand

Agriculture Victoria canvasses sheep and goat duty options

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers are being asked to have their say on potentially increasing the 12-cent sale duty or levy they are charged when an animal is sold. Source: Sheep Central Agriculture Victoria canvasses sheep and goat duty options

Producers struggle to keep up with demand for goat meat

Consumers turn to goat meat as an alternative, but tough seasonal conditions, wild dogs, and destocking, see producers struggling to keep up with demand. Source: ABC Livestock Producers struggle to keep up with demand for goat meat

Qld abattoir death sparks investigation

A Queensland man has been killed while working at the Western Meat Exporters goat and mutton abattoir near Charleville…Read More Source: Beef Central Qld abattoir death sparks investigation

Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

A large scale collaborative family-owned grazing operation in western New South Wales is having a red hot crack at changing the Australian goat industry…Read More Source: Sheep Central Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

A large scale collaborative family-owned grazing operation in western New South Wales is having a red hot crack at changing the Australian goat industry…Read More Source: Beef Central Big Ampi aiming to take goats to next level

MLA’s National Goat Roadshow is returning to Victoria first

MEAT & Livestock Australia’s National Goat Roadshow will return with a series of events starting in Victoria next month…Read More Source: Sheep Central MLA’s National Goat Roadshow is returning to Victoria first

Call for rangeland goat producers to retain young does for breeding

Australia’s rangeland goat producers needed to retain more does and support online marketing of females to help meet breeder demand and ensure the industry’s longevity, according to Queensland Elders agent Gus Foott. The Charleville agent assessed many of the goats offered in AuctionsPlus’ first national goat sale last week…Read More Source: Beef Central Call… Read more »

Call for rangeland goat producers to retain young does for breeding

AUSTRALIA’S rangeland goat producers needed to retain more does and support online marketing of females to help meet breeder demand and ensure the industry’s longevity, according to Queensland Elders agent Gus Foott…Read More Source: Sheep Central Call for rangeland goat producers to retain young does for breeding

Queensland police seek goat musterers chased from property

QUEENSLAND police are seeking public assistance to identify people involved with the alleged unauthorised mustering of goats on a property in the state’s south-west…Read More Source: Sheep Central Queensland police seek goat musterers chased from property

$60m Bourke goat abattoir closes, five months after launch

Drought and recent rain have been blamed for the closure of the Bourke goat abattoir in northwestern NSW, but its operators have refused to speculate when it could resume operations…Read More Source: Beef Central m Bourke goat abattoir closes, five months after launch

Bourke council is confident goat abattoir closure is short-term

DROUGHT and recent rain have been blamed for the closure of the Bourke goat abattoir in western New South Wales, but its operators have refused to speculate when it could resume operations…Read More Source: Sheep Central Bourke council is confident goat abattoir closure is short-term

Goat meat pricing helps TFI as sheep and lamb supplies drop

RECORD goat meat pricing has helped major meat processor Thomas Foods International maintain its usual winter slaughter schedule despite waning lamb and sheep supplies…Read More Source: Sheep Central Goat meat pricing helps TFI as sheep and lamb supplies drop

Thomas Foods International offers record $10/kg goat meat price

LEADING Australian meat processor and exporter Thomas Foods International has announced it will pay a record $10 a kilogram for goat meat to supply a new value-adding initiative in the United States…Read More Source: Sheep Central Thomas Foods International offers record /kg goat meat price

Victorian sheep and goat producers get EID tag rules reminder

VICTORIAN sheep producers and traders have been reminded of their electronic tagging responsibilities as the lambing season gets underway in the state…Read More Source: Sheep Central Victorian sheep and goat producers get EID tag rules reminder

Goat meat prices lift as rainfall limits market supplies

GOAT meat prices have gained further momentum recently as supply levels tighten following recent rainfall in the eastern states…Read More Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices lift as rainfall limits market supplies

Could online marketing be a lifeline for the goat industry?

Once an everyday staple, the number of goats found in outback Australia is dwindling but producers are encouraging newcomers to enter the market. Source: ABC Livestock Could online marketing be a lifeline for the goat industry?

Merino sheep and goats continue to sell well online

MERINO wether lambs sold to $135, Merino ewes made to $151.50 and Boer bucks sold for $250 ahead in a reduced AuctionsPlus offering last week…Read More Source: Sheep Central Merino sheep and goats continue to sell well online

Australia’s first national goat meat operation benchmarking service needs you

AUSTRALIA’S first organised national benchmarking service for goat meat operations is seeking producer collaborators, especially from the rangelands of New South Wales…Read More Source: Sheep Central Australia’s first national goat meat operation benchmarking service needs you

Feral goats no match for this family and their trusty kelpies

The Riley family is known as the goat chasers, trekking through the New South Wales high country with their pack of kelpies to muster feral goats. Source: ABC Livestock Feral goats no match for this family and their trusty kelpies

Australia’s goat meat exports down, supply and new consumer challenges ahead

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat market supply chain faces challenges, despite positive export prospects, Meat & Livestock Australia’s latest Goatmeat Global Snapshot has indicated…Read More Source: Sheep Central Australia’s goat meat exports down, supply and new consumer challenges ahead

Goat producers to help guide industry levy investment 

GOAT producers from throughout Australia will have direct involvement in levy investment decisions with the establishment of a new Goat Industry Research, Development and Adoption Committee…Read More Source: Sheep Central Goat producers to help guide industry levy investment 

Boer goat wethers sell to $150, but less restocker interest at Dubbo sale

GOAT prices suffered from a lack of restocker activity and fewer trade buyers at the quarterly Dubbo goat sale last week…Read More The post Boer goat wethers sell to $150, but less restocker interest at Dubbo sale appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Boer goat wethers sell to 0, but less restocker interest… Read more »

Victorian Government backs independent look at sheep and goat EID system

MORE sheep and goat producers nationally are taking up electronic identification as the Victorian Government agrees to explore options to review the state’s mandatory EID system. The post Victorian Government backs independent look at sheep and goat EID system appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government backs independent look at sheep… Read more »

Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review

AUSTRALIA’S goat meat industry is proceeding with projects on eating quality, kid loss and breeding doe management after a mid-term review showed it was making good progress under its strategic plan. The post Australian goat meat industry performs in mid-term strategic review appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Australian goat meat industry… Read more »

It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

NEW research hopes to boost goat kid production and survival, as slaughter figures flag nationally despite strong international demand for Australian goat meat. The post It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central It’s not a joke: more goat kidding wanted please

Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline

GOAT meat prices have held steady at above average levels as exports continue to flag on the back of lower eastern states slaughter figures. The post Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and exports decline appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices hold steady as slaughter numbers and… Read more »

Goats help graziers through the drought

Their milk and meat have made goats a prized possession for many and now western Queensland producers are taking them on as they look to diversify because of the ongoing drought. Source: ABC Livestock Goats help graziers through the drought

MLA updates sheep, goat meat and beef market snapshots

PREMIUM lamb consumption and import demand are forecast to continue increasing in Middle East and North Africa markets, particularly in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Meat & Livestock Australia says in its latest global and domestic red meat market snapshots. The post MLA updates sheep, goat meat and beef market snapshots appeared first on Sheep Central. … Read more »

Goat producers can dial into free Stock Sense webinar

GOAT owners have the opportunity to access the latest goat health and welfare information from homes through an intereactive webinar next week. The post Goat producers can dial into free Stock Sense webinar appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat producers can dial into free Stock Sense webinar

Goat meat prices lift as lower slaughter undermines export volumes

EASTERN states goat slaughter in 2018 has continued to track below both the five-year average and year-ago levels as hook prices steadily increase, Meat & Livestock Australia said. The post Goat meat prices lift as lower slaughter undermines export volumes appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices lift as lower… Read more »

Victorian Government to increase sheep and goat EID tag read requirement

VICTORIA’S sheep and goat saleyards and processing facilities will have higher electronic tag-reading standards imposed on them next year. The post Victorian Government to increase sheep and goat EID tag read requirement appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian Government to increase sheep and goat EID tag read requirement

Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to rangeland goat duffers

QUEENSLAND Police has issued a warning to goat duffers after a man was recently imprisoned for two years for fraudently selling wild goats he had taken unlawfully. The post Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to rangeland goat duffers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Queensland police aren’t kidding about warning to… Read more »

Victoria’s subsidised EID sheep and goat tags set at 55 cents for 2019

VICTORIA’S sheep and goat producers will continue to enjoy the cheapest electronic sheep and goat ear tags in Australia in 2019. The post Victoria’s subsidised EID sheep and goat tags set at 55 cents for 2019 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victoria’s subsidised EID sheep and goat tags set at 55… Read more »

Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15

STRONG demand from restockers helped push goat prices up to $15 higher at Dubbo’s quarterly sale on Tuesday. The post Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up $15 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat restockers help push Dubbo sale prices up

Drought, over-harvesting sees goat numbers plummet

Free-ranging goats have provided an alternative, easy income for arid-land graziers in NSW, but due to drought and large-scale mustering the goat numbers are drying up. Source: ABC Livestock Drought, over-harvesting sees goat numbers plummet

US sheep and goat meat granted access to Japanese market

SHEEP and goat meat from the United States will be allowed into Japan for the first time in more than 14 years, the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has announced. The post US sheep and goat meat granted access to Japanese market appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central US sheep and… Read more »

'Baa code': How ear tags are transforming the sheep and goat industry

Victoria is the first Australian state to make it mandatory for sheep and goats to carry individual electronic identification, and innovative livestock producers say the technology is a game changer. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Baa code’: How ear tags are transforming the sheep and goat industry

Goat production booming with Mohair in high global demand and short supply

Goat farmers are no longer considered the poor relation of Australian woolgrowers with goat production booming and some farmers discovering goats can be more profitable than sheep. Source: ABC Livestock Goat production booming with Mohair in high global demand and short supply

Why mohair is now worth more than wool

Mohair produced by Angora goats hits a new Australian sale record, as a global shortage of the fibre drives up prices for farmers. Source: ABC Livestock Why mohair is now worth more than wool

Goat meat prices are lifting after months in the doldrums

GOAT meat indicators are on the rise again, according to Meat & Livestock Australia, while slaughter and exports have been tracking below year-ago levels. The post Goat meat prices are lifting after months in the doldrums appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat meat prices are lifting after months in the doldrums

New nutrition and feed budget videos for goat meat producers

GOAT meat producers feeding and finishing stock to meet market targets have been provided with a new video series by Meat & Livestock Australia. The post New nutrition and feed budget videos for goat meat producers appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central New nutrition and feed budget videos for goat meat producers

Griffith goat lot feeders pay $105 for Boer wethers at Dubbo

MORE buyers and the dry season helped lift prices by up to $10-$15 at the quarterly Dubbo goat sale yesterday. The post Griffith goat lot feeders pay $105 for Boer wethers at Dubbo appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Griffith goat lot feeders pay 5 for Boer wethers at Dubbo

Female goat farmers earn more than men? Baa humbug

Goat farmers are among a list of 80 occupations where women on average earn more than men, according to the latest tax office statistics. But that comes as a surprise to women working in the industry. Source: ABC Livestock Female goat farmers earn more than men? Baa humbug

NSW’s rangeland goats – a profit priority, but a sustainability threat says DPI

SIGNIFICANT improvements to the profitability and productivity of the NSW goat industry were possible and a priority, according to the NSW Department of Primary Industries. The post NSW’s rangeland goats – a profit priority, but a sustainability threat says DPI appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW’s rangeland goats – a profit… Read more »

Sheep and goat EID property-to-property transfer workshops announced

ELECTRONIC property-to-property transfer requirements for sheep and goats under Victoria’s new traceability system will be outlined in a series of workshops across the state in February and March. The post Sheep and goat EID property-to-property transfer workshops announced appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep and goat EID property-to-property transfer workshops announced

Value-added goat meat opportunities worth $13 million await

PRODUCERS and brands wanting to invest in value-added goat meat marketing opportunities are being sought by Meat & Livestock Australia’s Donor Company. The post Value-added goat meat opportunities worth $13 million await appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Value-added goat meat opportunities worth million await

Goat fencing video is first in MLA best practice management series

FENCING requirements for goat farming is the focus for the first in a series of best practice videos by Meat & Livestock Australia to help boost productivity in the sector. The post Goat fencing video is first in MLA best practice management series appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goat fencing video… Read more »

NSW rangeland goat numbers fall 40pc says latest DPI survey

RANGELAND goat numbers have fallen 40 percent in New South Wales in the past year, according to a New South Wales Department of Primary Industries report. The post NSW rangeland goat numbers fall 40pc says latest DPI survey appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW rangeland goat numbers fall 40pc says latest… Read more »

Sheep, goat and beef on-farm producer projects sought for 2018

SHEEP, goat and beef cattle projects are being sought for second round funding under the Meat & Livestock Australia’s Producer Demonstration Sites program in 2018. The post Sheep, goat and beef on-farm producer projects sought for 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Sheep, goat and beef on-farm producer projects sought for… Read more »

Goats, deer and a creepy creeper photos win invasive species competition

IMAGES of environmental damage by feral goats and deer feature among the winning entries in the annual Centre for Invasive Species Solutions photo competition. The post Goats, deer and a creepy creeper photos win invasive species competition appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Goats, deer and a creepy creeper photos win invasive… Read more »

Latest on rangeland goat feeding research at Queensland field day

RANGELAND goat producers will get the latest data on growth rates under different feeding regimens at a Warwick field day next month. The post Latest on rangeland goat feeding research at Queensland field day appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Latest on rangeland goat feeding research at Queensland field day

Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers will be able to order subsidised ear tags of any colour in 2018. The post Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018 appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Victorian subsidised sheep and goat tags can be any colour in 2018

How the pet goat is setting up home in suburbia

More people on city fringes are choosing goats as pets, but a rise in ownership prompts a warning from vets. Source: ABC Livestock How the pet goat is setting up home in suburbia

Live sheep exports lift in September, but goat numbers dropped

LIVE sheep exports from Australia in September have risen 33 percent year-on-year to 140,500 head. The post Live sheep exports lift in September, but goat numbers dropped appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central Live sheep exports lift in September, but goat numbers dropped

New products: App allows better integration of accreditations and on-farm management

A new software application, which is being offered free to cattle, sheep and goat producers, promises to streamline management of livestock accreditations and collecting on-farm data, enhancing both management efficiencies and food traceability. The post New products: App allows better integration of accreditations and on-farm management appeared first on Beef Central. Source: Beef Central … Read more »

More goats behind fences — is cluster fence funding an option for NSW?

A LIFT in infrastructure investments across western NSW has resulted in a growing proportion of goats being semi-managed, according to Meat & Livestock Australia. The post More goats behind fences — is cluster fence funding an option for NSW? appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central More goats behind fences — is cluster… Read more »

NSW goat musterers dominate Henty sheep dog trial

CENTRAL New South Wales dog trialler Mick Hudson dominated the Exelpet Sheep Dog Trial at this year’s Henty Machinery Field Days. The post NSW goat musterers dominate Henty sheep dog trial appeared first on Sheep Central. Source: Sheep Central NSW goat musterers dominate Henty sheep dog trial