Southern Goat Group formed

Two of the goats at the Whitestone Boer Goat Stud. Photo: Owen Booth
Two of the goats at the Whitestone Boer Goat Stud. Photo: Owen Booth
Whitestone Boer Goat Stud owners Owen and Annette Booth formed the goat farmers and breeders' Southern Goat Group following a wet field day on their Milton property on April 28.

Mr Booth is the chairman and Kaaren Wilkes, of Chatto Creek, is the secretary.

Mr Booth said the heavy rain contributed to lower than expected numbers attending.

''We had about 12 people there,'' he said.

''They came from Duntroon, Alexandra, Peninsula and Brighton.

''We formed the group and got things under way.''

He said although only Boer goat farmers attended the field day, people interested in other types of goat farming, including cashmere, Angora and dairy goats, were invited to join.

''We intended to hold meetings as regularly as we need to and we will have field days and a discussion group.''

The next event on the goat agenda is the annual New Zealand Boer Goat Breeders Association conference, which this year will be held in and around Mosgiel on May 19 and 20.

The conference is intended to give breeders the chance to learn and network.

Mark Willis, of Hedly John Exporters, who is in charge of the Korean export programme, will be speaking at the conference to talk about exports to Korea.

Julia Aspinall, of Genetic Gains Ltd, looks after the breed's stud registrations and she is going to update delegates on issues such as genetic gain in the Boer goat industry and how stock genetics can be improved.

Conference attendees will also visit Invermay to look at Techion Group's Fecpak G2 system, which monitors parasites in livestock.

That will be followed by a general discussion about the association.

Mr and Mrs Booth will be hosting a field day on their property the following day.

-By Yvonne O'Hara

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