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Goat Conference to address adding value to New Zealand

21 May 2014

Goat Conference to address adding value to New Zealand

Federated Farmers is pleased to announce that the inaugural NZGoats Conference in Queenstown, on 23-25 May, will be focusing on adding sustainable value to the industry.

“Right now the goat industry has a lot to offer with goat meat leading global red meat consumption and Mohair becoming a popular niche fibre so this conference is at a pivotal time for the industry,” said John Woodward, Federated Farmers Mohair New Zealand (INC) Chairperson.

Chairperson of Federated Farmers NZGoats, Dawn Sangster, added “The event is a collaboration between Mohair New Zealand (Inc), Meat Goat New Zealand and NZ Goats, under the Federated Farmers Goats industry umbrella, and the New Zealand Boer Goat Breeders Association (Inc).

“It is aimed at both experienced goat farmers and those interested in the potential of goat farming as a way to diversify their farm business”.

Further to this Geoff Muggeridge, Chairman of the Boer Goat New Zealand Breeders Association (Inc) added “The conference will hear from speakers on a range of topics including whether goat meat is nutritionally superior or beef and lamb's poor cousin, and will also look at growing the goat meat and mohair industries, adding value to New Zealand’s primary industries.

“In addition there will also be an opportunity to visit one of the country's most extensive high country Boer Goat farming operations in the Gibbston Valley, and an Angora goat farm in Roxborough,” he said.

The goat industry has a bright and promising future, which we must navigate carefully, continued Meat Goat New Zealand Chairman, Doug Lineham.

“This conference is an opportunity to have a say in how we go forward as an industry together and be a part of New Zealand’s trade success,” he concluded.

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