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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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MDC takes fight up to Barber’s Pole Worm

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) have joined forces with Moredun Research Institute (MRI) through the MLA Donor Company program to develop a claim for the use of BarberVax in goats. BarberVax is a vaccine which aids the control of Barber’s Pole Worm in lambs. If successful, this […]

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Preventing CAE in Australia’s goat herd

Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis (CAE) or Caprine Retro-Virus is a chronic, slow-viral disease of goats which poses a significant risk to Australia’s developing goat meat industry, particularly as there is currently no treatment or vaccine for the disease. The goat industry as a whole needs to be concerned about controlling and eradicating CAE to avoid production […]

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New goat industry resource launched

The Australian goatmeat industry has experienced strong growth over the past 20 years with over 1.6 million goats processed in 2011-12. This growth has been largely supported by the sale of goats sourced from the rangelands which accounts for more than 95% of production. To support further growth in the rangeland goat industry, Meat & […]

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