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Improving the health and productivity of farmed goats in Australia

Stakeholders in the Australian goat industry work collaboratively to deliver animal health benefits to goat producers and to improve farm production. However like other livestock, goats can be affected by a number of endemic diseases that can impact the health of goats, causing lost production for the goat industry and significant losses for some individual […]

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Consultation on the removal of NLIS tagging exemption for dairy goats

The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) is encouraging feedback and comment from dairy goat producers on the removal of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) tagging exemption of Australian Dairy Goats. NLIS Sheep & Goats was introduced on 1 January 2006, however under the NLIS Sheep & Goats National Business Rules, dairy goats have […]

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Consultation on the removal of NLIS tagging exemption for Australian dairy goats

The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) remains committed to strengthening the current National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) Sheep and Goat traceability system. As such GICA, with input from the Dairy Goat Society of Australia (DGSA), commissioned a desktop study on ‘NLIS Tagging Options for Australian Dairy Goats’. With GICA’s ongoing commitment to improving the […]

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Guidelines for the voluntary control and eradication of CAE from individual herds

The dairy goat industry, through its representatives on the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA), have requested the development of voluntary guidelines to assist producers control and eradicate Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) from their herds. These guidelines have been developed for use by veterinarians in partnership with their goat producer clients to achieve effective CAE control. […]

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Food safety test for red meat producers

Australian cattle, sheep and goat producers will have their knowledge of on-farm food safety requirements assessed from January next year. For the first time, producers will need to successfully complete a compulsory online assessment in order to renew their Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) accreditation. “The assessment is a really important part of a nationwide push […]

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The electronic identification system for sheep and goats in Victoria should remain mob-based

The national Peak Industry Councils representing and promoting the needs of Australia’s lamb, sheepmeat, wool producers and the goat industries have provided comment on the draft consultation paper “Electronic National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) (Sheep & Goats) – A transition package for Victoria”. Richard Halliday, WoolProducers Australia President says that the Councils recognise the importance of traceability […]

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Important changes to Australia’s Biosecurity System

Important changes to Australia’s Biosecurity System came into effect on 16 June 2016 with commencement of the Biosecurity Act 2015. The Biosecurity Act replaced the Quarantine Act 1908 and is designed to be flexible and responsive to changes in technology and future challenges. The Act: provides a modern regulatory framework reduces duplication and regulatory impacts […]

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New plan doesn’t kid around with CAE and JD

Two slow acting, insidious and incurable diseases afflict goats: caprine arthritis encephalitis (CAE) and Johne’s disease (JD). However, the National Kid Rearing Plan offers Australian goat producers actions that provide an alternative to watching animals suffer and counting the cost in lost production and spreading infection. Goat producers can minimise the risk of infection by using the […]

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Terms of Reference: Animal health advocacy for GICA

GICA is seeking a consultant to assist with policy development in the animal health, welfare and biosecurity portfolio (covering Animal Health Australia (AHA) program areas) and the food safety and industry systems portfolio (covering National Residue Survey (NRS) program areas). For more information, please read the Terms of Reference. […]

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Depot registration to support tag free movement of goats

From 1 February 2016, goat depots must be registered to be able to move goats without NLIS tags following an announcement made by Safemeat and GICA. To be able to operate without NLIS tags, goat depot operators must:  ensure the depot PIC is LPA accredited; agree to participate in an annual LPA audit; have a goat […]

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