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New plan doesn’t kid around with CAE and JD

Two slow acting, insidious and incurable diseases afflict the goat industry – Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) and Johne’s disease (JD). But help is at hand with the National Kid Rearing Plan offering Australian goat producers some actions that can reduce animal suffering, increase production and minimise the spread of infection. CAE is more virulent, infectious […]

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Webinar highlights value of export markets for goatmeat

The first in a series of free webinars for goat producers and other industry participants was held on September 26. This webinar focused on goatmeat market requirements, prices and trends. Presenters included Campbell McPhee, Owner of Western Meat Exporters in Queensland, Blair Brice, Business Development Manager of Wellard Meat Trading based in Western Australia, and Ben Thomas, […]

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Preparation for dispatch of livestock

The Livestock Production Assurance (LPA) program is the Australian livestock industry’s on-farm food safety program. It meets the stringent requirements of our export markets, providing an assurance of the safety of red meat grown on Australian farms. When producers become LPA-accredited, they are promising to meet LPA’s requirements and fulfil their responsibility in the safe […]

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PDS highlights importance of measuring genetics

The genesis of most practical and applicable research in agriculture comes from the producers themselves. By facing problems on a daily basis, resourceful producers often devise solutions on-farm through trial and error. Producer Demonstration Sites (PDS) can accelerate this process by supporting groups of livestock producers and extension staff in demonstrating, developing and adopting priority […]

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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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