THE GREAT THING ABOUT GOATS

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Scott Tib­balls

FARM­ERS from around the Far North will be head­ing to the Table­lands for the Ma­landa Small Farms Field Day this Satur­day, and with them, Moss­man’s own goat breed­ers Tarella and Michael Vico.

Tarella ex­plained that de­spite the con­di­tions in the Moss­man area not be­ing the best for goats, a lot of hard work and pas­sion for what she did en­sured suc­cess.

“The hus­bandry is very in­tense up here,” she said, ex­plain­ing that nu­tri­tion and prevent­ing par­a­sites were the most dif­fi­cult as­pects, but she’s man­aged to make it work since start­ing in 2004.

“I love it. I love the goats and I love look­ing af­ter them and car­ing for them even though it’s hard at times. I’m grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity to do it. “It’s a great out­doors job.” Tarella and Michael breed Boer goats, and will be tak­ing three to Ma­landa to show­case – in­clud­ing Ita (pic­tured), a two-month old stan­dard Boer goat. “You have to do a lot of re­search be­fore you start hav­ing large num­bers of goats in this cli­mate.”

While Tarella and Michael cur­rently sell goats mostly for breed­ing, they have sold goat meat in the past. Ap­par­ently they’re very tasty – just don’t tell the goats.

Tarella and Michael will be at the FNQ Goat Club Stall at Ma­landa on Satur­day along with other mem­bers of the club, ready to help an­swer ques­tions about goat hus­bandry.

Pic­ture: SCOTT TIB­BALLS

Tarella Vico with dog Maddie and Boer goat Ita

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