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 Goats conference in Queenstown next month. Photo by Yvonne O'Hara
The possible reintroduction of an industry levy and ''the way
forward'' to 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 will be the first time a combined industry conference has
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
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 for, and merits of, 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 of the
previous levy, including Wormwise for Goats, developing a set
of guidelines for feral goat stockmanship, effective drench
dose rates for goats and developing a saliva test for
Project 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 issues, and Beef and Lamb New Zealand's Fiona
Carruthers, who will talk about the value of goat meat.
Field trips have been arranged to Bill and Irene Campbell's
mohair goat property near Roxburgh and Dave Aitken's Boer
goat farm in Gibbston Valley.
The conference will include discussions about issues
affecting the industry, which, although dealing with a niche
market, is facing rising demand for goat products both
domestically and internationally.
- by Yvonne O'Hara