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MLA creates its own Goat Industry Committee

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The committee will take on an advisory role and provide recommendations on research and development (R&D) and extension and adoption (E&A) initiatives and investments for the Australian goatmeat and livestock industry.

Posted on Nov 15 ,13:00

MLA creates its own Goat Industry Committee

Applications for seven positions inside the newly created Goat Industry Research, Development and Adoption Committee (GIRDAC), including the independent chair, are available until 2 December 2018.
Goatmeat producers with an interest in guiding investment in research, development, and extension to help boost the industry’s productivity and profitability are being encouraged to apply to become part of a new advisory group.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking an independent chair as well as committee members for the newly created Goat Industry Research, Development and Adoption Committee (GIRDAC). GIRDAC will operate independently of the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) as an MLA appointed and funded committee.

MLA Goat Industry Project Manager, Julie Petty, said a total of seven positions including the independent chair are available. “The committee roles require a deep understanding of differing commercial goat production systems and the RD&E issues facing producers,” Ms. Petty said.

“It will comprise commercial goat producers with value chain and subject matter experts recruited as required. It will convene in-person, twice a year to review R&D and E&A funding proposals, the progress of existing projects and results of those concluding. This committee process delivers independence, quality, objectivity, and transparency to project review and selection by MLA.”, she added.

Expressions of interest (EOI) for both the independent chair and committee positions should be submitted to MLA addressing the selection criteria. EOIs should not exceed four pages and be submitted electronically to Julie Petty jpetty@mla.com.au.
The country’s live goat trade is diminishing due to the fact that it was just a niche market supplying Malaysia. “Domestic goat prices have grown significantly in the past couple of years, which has meant Australian live goats are far less competitive in Malaysia when compared to other sources. Hence importers have reduced their orders and, in some cases, opted to import more lambs via airfreight instead of goats", mentioned a spokesman from the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council.
Live exports have diminished from 88,897 in 2014-15 to just 16,578 in the last financial year, according to the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ annual report.

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