THE GREAT THING ABOUT GOATS
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.
Tarella Vico with dog Maddie and Boer goat Ita