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Pest to profit

Wild goats have long been derided as a scourge to the environment and a pest to pastoralists. But that view is radically changing. In recent years, rangeland goats have been the salvation of some and the future hope of many. […]

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Exploring goat worm control

Worms continue to present major production issues for producers of farmed goats. Participate in this online survey and help direct possible future research in this area. […]

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Supplementing goats through pasture improvement

Tropical and subtropical grasses make up the majority of pasture species in northern grazing areas with subtropical species increasingly being introduced to southern grazing systems due to their high productive potential. While such grasses grow rapidly in the right environment and can supply a vast amount of dry matter, goat producers need to be careful […]

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Making goats healthy and happy

Considerable production losses may occur when rangeland goats, which are largely undomesticated, are brought in to intensive environments such as depots and feedlots. The sudden introduction to these environments can be stressful for rangeland goats, impacting their health and behaviour. In a project funded by MLA, researchers from Murdoch University in Western Australia are looking […]

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Bucks on the line in first-of-its-kind trial

In what is considered to be a first for the Australian goatmeat industry, the progeny of nine Boer bucks, nominated by seedstock breeders from across Australia, will be compared for a range of commercially important traits in a trial being conducted near Cootamundra, NSW. Semen from the nine bucks has recently been artificially inseminated (AI) […]

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Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock

Specific requirements for goats The Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for the Land Transport of Livestock have been endorsed by the Primary Industries Ministerial Committee for legislation. The new Standards and Guidelines are being regulating in law by State and Territory governments; in SA, TAS, NSW, VIC and QLD they are already in effect […]

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GICA represents goat producers on two important industry issues

On behalf of Australian goat producers, GICA recently made submissions about two important industry issues – NLIS and the proposed amendments to legislation relating to agricultural and veterinary chemicals (AgVet chemicals). NLIS GICA provided feedback from producers to the Regulatory Impact Statement for NLIS for sheep and goats, explaining that GICA supports an NLIS that […]

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Preparing goats for sale

There have traditionally been very few opportunities for goats to be traded through saleyards with most goats sold direct; however, this is gradually changing. Dubbo in Central West New South Wales plays host to one of the largest saleyard goat sales in the country. Held quarterly, the sale provides an opportunity for live marketing of […]

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