THE Australian goat industry is set to take on-farm practices, production and exports to the next level with the release of its new five-year research and development plan.
Developed by the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) with support from Meat and Livestock Australia, the Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan 2020 details clear R&D targets for the industry.
It also attributes responsibility to key service providers for achieving these goals.
Projects will include regular market and production reports, and best management practice guides, assisting producers in making more informed business and herd management decisions.
GICA president Rick Gates said it was an exciting time to be in the goat industry, with implementation of the plan an opportunity to grow production and export markets.
“This strategy is a sign the industry has matured into a professional and permanent part of the Australian livestock industry landscape, with substantial financial opportunities on offer,” he said.