Gympie man’s lean goat meat venture
How a health issue led a Gympie man to goats
TWO decades ago Dean Quick was diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.
As a result, he had to give up meats such as beef, pork and lamb, as the fats made him feel ill.
That was until he found goat meat and he has now made a living out of it.
“I was at the point where I was desperate to try anything I could,” he said.
“Someone suggested goat meat so I tried it and I had no problems with it.
“It’s quite a lean meat and it tastes very similar to lamb,” Mr Quick said.
His venture into producing his own meat started with a small mob.
“I only had half a dozen, they were enough to just have our own meat,” he said.
“Then I just got more and thought I’d give making salamis a go and it pretty much started from there.”
On his 56-hectare Sexton block near Gympie, Mr Quick
runs approximately 200 of the capra.
“They’re pretty good at looking after themselves, they know what they can and can’t eat,” he said.
“We keep them in smaller paddocks and move them around.
“Because they’re lean they don’t carry extra fats to keep themselves warm in the colder months so sometimes that can impact on the taste of the meat.”
Mr Quick knows every process his animals go through from paddock to plate.
“We send the goats to our local meatworks where they are slaughtered and stamped,” he said.
“Then I pick the meat up in my refrigerated vehicle and take it to my cold room where I cut it, make the sausages and salami and cryovac it.”
While consumption of the meat can be tracked all the way back to the ancient Egyptians, Mr Quick said there is a stigma behind people people trying the meat today.
“When you tell people what it is they can say things like ‘I can’t eat that, it’s goat’ without even trying it,” he said.
“But if I go to markets and a lady’s husband says to her ‘this is quite nice you should try it’ they’ll generally come back and try it again.
“I even get interest from
NO KIDDING: Some of the 200 goats Mr Quick runs on his property to produce goat meat. people with their own goats.”Mr Quick said the lean meat is also being recommended by vets to owners of dogs with food allergies.“I just recently had a lady approach me because her dog has problems with fats in meat and her vet suggested goat meat,” he said.
Dean Quick of Southern Cross Smallgoods makes sausages and salami on farm.