Bet­ter tar­get­ing mar­kets for goats

New com­mit­tee formed

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - Rural Weekly -

A GAME-CHANGER for the goat in­dus­try has seen the for­ma­tion of a fore­cast­ing com­mit­tee, which has pro­jected an es­ti­mated

2 to 2.25 mil­lion goats will be sup­plied for pro­cess­ing na­tion­ally in the 2017–2018 fi­nan­cial year.

Cre­ated through a Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia and NSW De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries (DPI) co-funded project, the new com­mit­tee aims to bet­ter tar­get mar­kets by im­prov­ing the in­dus­try’s un­der­stand­ing of the pro­jected goat pop­u­la­tion and sup­ply changes.

NSW DPI project leader Trudie Atkin­son said goat in­dus­try in­tel­li­gence, the lat­est data, in­clud­ing a NSW goat meat pro­duc­tion sur­vey, and fore­cast mod­el­ling were used to de­velop the 12-month out­look.

“The com­mit­tee pro­jected the goat pop­u­la­tion is likely to re­main sta­ble or slightly in­crease,” Ms Atkin­son said.

“Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage’s 2016 aerial sur­vey in­di­cates the goat pop­u­la­tion is 5.8 mil­lion in cen­tral and western NSW, an area cov­er­ing 450,000 square kilo­me­tres.

“The pop­u­la­tion has been trend­ing up­ward since 1999 and fig­ures from the 2017 aerial sur­vey will im­prove our un­der­stand­ing of the cur­rent pop­u­la­tion.”

Goat In­dus­try Coun­cil of Aus­tralia president and fore­cast­ing com­mit­tee mem­ber, Rick Gates, said the com­mit­tee an­a­lysed pos­i­tive and neg­a­tive fac­tors to build its ca­pac­ity to recog­nise and in­ter­pret in­flu­ences which im­pact on pop­u­la­tion and sup­ply.

“Pro­ducer re­ports of lower goat num­bers, re­duced har­vest turn-off in some ar­eas, low min­i­mum car­case weights and dry sea­sonal con­di­tions were con­sid­ered,” Mr Gates said.

“An in­creased distri­bu­tion of goats, steady growth of semi-man­aged en­ter­prises, im­proved har­vest ef­fi­ciency and in­vest­ment in in­fras­truc­ture are all pos­i­tive in­flu­ences.”

NSW fig­ures played an im­por­tant role in de­vel­op­ing the na­tional fore­cast, sup­ported by Na­tional Live­stock Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem Ltd fig­ures, which in­di­cated 68% of goats pro­cessed were from NSW.

The NSW goat pro­duc­tion sur­vey was in­formed by 44% of the 1100 pro­duc­ers sur­veyed, re­flect­ing the en­thu­si­asm of the in­dus­try to boost its col­lec­tive in­tel­li­gence. The NSW DPI is lead­ing the project with re­search sci­en­tists, econ­o­mists and key ser­vice agen­cies from NSW, Queens­land, South Aus­tralia and Western Aus­tralia work­ing to boost ac­cess to re­li­able data and fore­cast models for the Aus­tralian goat in­dus­try.

❝Of­fice of En­vi­ron­ment and Her­itage’s 2016 aerial sur­vey in­di­cates the goat pop­u­la­tion is 5.8 mil­lion in cen­tral and western NSW.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN­DUS­TRY CHANGE: Goat herd­ing at Lochen­bar Sta­tion.

PHOTO: DAVID NIELSEN

A fore­cast­ing com­mit­tee has been formed to as­sist the goat in­dus­try.

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