Goat meat consumption in Australia to increase in the following years
Goat producers in Australia are closely following the Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan 2020 developed by the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA), with support from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and the results are expected to follow in the next couple of years.
Australia is one of the world’s biggest goatmeat exporters. In 2017, Australian goatmeat exports totalled 28,426 tonnes shipped weight, and were valued at $257 million. The plan details clear R&D targets for the industry to improve on-farm practices and grow production and exports.
GICA President, John Falkenhagen, said a number of key performance indicators (KPIs) have been achieved or are on track to be delivered by 2020. “Within the current Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan, the vision is to secure the industry’s future as an innovative, profitable and resilient world leader in goat production. We are now halfway through the plan’s timeframe and the mid-term review has been completed by GICA and MLA, concluding the industry is overwhelmingly making good progress. The plan identified several KPIs and critical success factors to enable the industry to grow and prosper.
A feasibility study into opportunities to encourage goatmeat consumption in Australia has been completed and identified that value-adding could create more demand and potentially generate $13 million for the industry annually", explained Mr Falkenhagen.
MLA Goat Industry Project Manager, Julie Petty, said following grassroots producer feedback, the industry is progressing with investments relating to eating quality, kid loss and the lifetime management of breeding does.
“One of the plan’s KPIs is that by 2020, the industry achieves productivity growth above baseline levels of 0.5%, and R&D investments are built around driving practice change and delivering measurable impact,” Ms Petty said.
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