Get goat guide

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Goat­meat pro­duc­ers now have ac­cess to a new guide to help vis­ually assess their goats when they’re mak­ing pro­duc­tion de­ci­sions.

Pro­duced by Meat & Live­stock Aus­tralia (MLA), A guide to visual as­sess­ment of goats pro­vides clear trait de­scrip­tions and ex­am­ple pho­tos for quick and easy ref­er­ence.

MLA Goat In­dus­try project man­ager Julie Petty said goat se­lec­tion based on visual as­sess­ment was an im­por­tant part of pro­duc­tion in breed­ing and non­breed­ing en­ter­prises.

‘‘The book­let is aimed at com­mer­cially-fo­cused pro­duc­ers as traits have been in­cluded based on their po­ten­tial to im­pact the pro­duc­tiv­ity of the goat herd,’’ Ms Petty said.

‘‘Once iden­ti­fied, th­ese traits can be se­lected for or against, with their sig­nif­i­cance weighted ac­cord­ing to the im­por­tance of the trait to the en­ter­prise.

‘‘It is im­por­tant for pro­duc­ers to de­cide which traits are im­por­tant to their business from an eco­nomic and an­i­mal wel­fare per­spec­tive and de­velop a se­lec­tion pro­gram ac­cord­ingly.

‘‘The book­let is a handy guide to use in con­junc­tion with ge­netic pedi­gree and per­for­mance in­for­ma­tion such as es­ti­mated breed­ing val­ues (EBVs) and spe­cialised in­dexes, which are avail­able through the KIDPLAN pro­gram.’’

■ To down­load a copy of the guide, visit: www.mla.com.au/pub­li­ca­tions and search for the doc­u­ment ti­tle.

Hard copies of the book­let will be avail­able soon and can be or­dered via the same link.

The guide fur­ther adds to the suite of new re­sources re­leased this year by MLA for goat­meat pro­duc­ers, in­clud­ing a new series of best prac­tice videos, which can be viewed at: https:/ /www.mla.com.au/ex­ten­sion­train­ing-and-tools/go­ing-in­to­goats/videos/

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