Group to advise on goat meat
A newly created goat industry research and development group is nearing formation to underpin the nation’s $275 million goat sector.
Seven positions on Meat and Livestock Australia’s goat industry research, development and adoption committee are expected to be finalised before the year’s end, after expressions of interest closed on Sunday.
MLA goat industry project manager Julie Petty told Countryman more than 20 applicants, including multiple from WA, had applied for the roles, which includes one independent chair position.
The advisory body will provide recommendations on research and development and extension and adoption initiatives across the Australian goat meat and livestock industry, once established.
The committee, to be comprised of commercial goat producers, is poised to convene in person twice a year to review funding proposals and the progress of existing projects.
Once selected, committee members will inform MLA of goat-related issues specific to their area of expertise and regions.
The group will also keep their industry networks informed about issues facing the committee and broader industry.
About 2.07 million Australian goats are slaughtered each year, with the majority exported.
Goat meat harbours no religious restrictions and is a popular component of diets in parts of Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and the United States.
Successful applicants will be announced in coming weeks.