Mohair goat breeder and fibre classer Irene Campbell, of Dumbarton, along with her husband Bill, will host a field day for visitors attending the New Zealand Goat conference
in Queenstown next month. Photo by Yvonne O'Hara
The possible reintroduction of an industry levy and ''the way
forward'' for profitability and sustainability for the goat
industry will be the focus of the inaugural New Zealand Goats
(NZGoats) conference in Queenstown next month.
Mohair New Zealand Inc, Meat Goat New Zealand (MGNZ), the New
Zealand Boer Goat Breeders Association and NZGoats will all
be holding their annual meetings during the same weekend, May
23 to 25.
NZ Goats chairwoman Dawn Sangster, of Patearoa, said those
interested in feral or dairy goats or in the industry in
general were also invited.
It is the first time that a combined industry conference will
Mrs Sangster said as the industry was small the joint
conference was an opportunity to combine resources and
attract better speakers.
''I am quite excited about it,'' Mrs Sangster said.
''It will be a chance to learn about each other.''
She hoped the conference would attract at least 60 people and
it would be an ideal opportunity for them to network.
''People can brainstorm and take ideas away.''
Federated Farmers Meat and Fibre Chairwoman Jeanette Maxwell
will speak about the requirements and merits for an
application to introduce a levy under the Commodity Levies
Act to help raise funds for the group.
A wool and goat levy was discontinued in 2010 following an
''People will be able to hear about the levy and understand
what the process is,'' Mrs Sangster said.
''They are not necessarily going to do it but it is one
Accumulated funds of $115,000 were distributed to five
research and administration projects as a result, including
programmes for Wormwise for Goats, developing a set of
guidelines for feral goat stockmanship, effective drench dose
rates for goats and developing a saliva test for parasites.
Projects reports will be given during the conference.
Other conference speakers include AgResearch scientist
Richard Shaw, who will talk about his work on reducing
parasite costs, consultant Helen Darling, who will discuss
supply chain issue and Beef and Lamb New Zealand's Fiona
Carruthers talk about the value of goat meat to consumers.
Two field trips have been arranged: to Bill and Irene
Campbell's mohair goat property near Roxburgh and to Dave
Aitkens' Boer goat farm in Gibbston Valley.
There will also be discussions about issues affecting the
industry, which, although a niche market, the demand for goat
products is increasing domestically and internationally.
NZGoats was established last year to determine the necessary
steps to add value to the industry.