Cheeky nature charms Queensland goat herder’s club calling to capitalize on growing demand
They are rebellious, funny, famous on social media, and now a new push has started to spur more goat production in Queensland.
The animal’s reputation as a gruff-headed butter and shirt-eater has attracted the goat of farmers who claim to be smart, affectionate, and well worth their weight in meat and milk.
Begina Dairy owner Brian Venten owns 60 goats in Toonpan near Townsville and was the first goat farmer in Queensland to be licensed to sell raw goat milk.
He is also president of the Townsville and District Goat Club, which works on initiatives to improve the goat meat industry to take advantage of growing demand.
“There is a huge opportunity for the goat industry to move forward in a meaningful way,” he said.
He said the first on the to-do list is to fill gaps in the supply chain.
“There are often broken links between the producer, processor and end users, and as a club we believe there is a tremendous opportunity to bond so that everyone can benefit from breeding. goats, ”he said.
“We are trying to facilitate opportunities for producers to tap into this food chain to see the whole goat industry in North Queensland progress in leaps and bounds.”
The plan will be promoted and further discussed at the club’s meat conference in October, which will include pressure for local restaurateurs to include goat on their menus.
Lots of products to do
Mr Venten said that there are also many opportunities for adding value, with products such as goat cheese and drinkable yoghurt.
This is exactly what Liz Curtis of Bushly Park Stud in Silver Valley does.
“I sell milk from my goats, but the majority goes to people who have little pigs and puppies,” she said.
Ms. Curtis also manufactures beauty products.
“I just thought ‘with all that milk what can I do?’ I was like ‘okay, I’m going to make a natural soap and a natural moisturizer,’ “she said.
“It corrects the pH level of your skin and it contains antioxidants.”
She said her goats have a strong work ethic.
“If someone skips the line, whoever is supposed to pass next just nudges them and she goes to the back of the line and waits for her turn.”
Naughty nature charms breeders
Ms Curtis said it was the character of the animal that fueled her passion for goats.
“I don’t know what I would do without my daughters, they are so smart and they can be mean too,” she said.
Brian Venten agreed that goats are a nice farming choice.
“They’re affectionate, they’re endearing, they’re almost human in the way they can communicate with you. And they’re very observant,” he said.
“He’s just a cute animal.”