Group to ad­vise on goat meat

Countryman - - LIVESTOCK -

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.

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