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The Goat Newsletter, 2008 Issue No.2
January 11, 2008

The Latest Goat News

Some of the latest goat news and information from around the world

Floods Affect US Goat Cheese Market

Floods have wrecked Washington states homestead goat cheeses in particular those from Twin Oaks Farm and Creamery which has been a main supplier at Olympia Farmers market for the past 3 years. Virtually all the goats are dead and when the very popular cheeses will return is anyone’s guess. Like many farms they were very damaged by the floods this past month. Estimates for the damage for this operation are around $500,000, including livestock losses and feed plus some 500 pounds of cheese, and general home and farm damages as well as flood damage to their home on the farm. The losses included her 30 goats that were locked in a barn and thought to be secure from the rising waters.

EU Mandates Electronic Tagging for Goats and Sheep

The European Union has now launched the requirement for goat and sheep electronic tagging. This will be required from December 31, 2009 as “the obligatory implementation date for the introduction of electronic identification (EID) of sheep and goats". While detractors quote cost and practicalities as reasons not to do this however I am of the view that anything which places our industry in a position where food safety is guaranteed to consumers then in the end we all benefit.

Australian Goat Exports

The latest statistics out of Australia (the largest goat meat exporter in the world) show that live goat exports for the first 9 months of 2007 came to 62,331 head, which is a 103% increase on the previous year. Malaysia has been a major source for the increase in live goat exports and this was 47,497 head (and some of mine were on the shipment). Shipments were set to increase for the remainder of 2007 and were expected to exceed the previous 2002 record of 52,755 head. Other export markets also remained active including Indonesia taking 5,928 head, Thailand with 2,300 head, Oman with1,874 head, Singapore with 1,192 head, New Zealand with 1,144 head, and Brunei with 1,000 head.

New Goat Drench Publications Launched

Earlier last year I wrote on my BLOG that Caprimec is now available, and this new broad spectrum oral drench has been developed by Virbac in consultation with the goat industry. I have already started using this drench myself. The Caprimec launching was aimed at informing goat producers about the drench, and the slogan by the Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) “Keeping Parasites out of Profit” is very apt. The Australian goat meat industry has grown in export value from $18 million in 1997 to $91 million in 2006 so parasites have potential to severely impact this. The launch also informed goat producers on the control of nematode parasites (worms) in pasture-based systems, the control of lice and other external parasites. Goat producers also were given advice on the effect of finishing on goat meat eating quality as well as the requirements for handling goats to maximise eating quality, and the effect of pH on goat meat eating quality. If we want premiums for our product then quality is everything.

Controversial New Zealand Goat Cull About to Start

NZ authorities are about to start a serious cull of goats, on Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sound. They are also known as Arapawa goats, and they are also considered a unique breed. The reasoning is that they are a threat to the islands unique native plant species however sheep and cattle also graze there. The distinctive goats are reportedly descendant from a pair of an old English species that was released by the explorer James Cook in 1773 and testing by a geneticist has also shown them to be unique. The breed has been established elsewhere in NZ and overseas.

FDA Approval for Cloned Goats Soon

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is expected to declare milk and meat from cloned animals and their offspring safe to eat possibly next week after 6 years of deliberation. It had previously described cloning as a more advanced form of breeding technology already used that includes artificial insemination, embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization. If approved it may be 3-5 years before US consumer’s meat from offspring of cloned goats and other animals on supermarket shelves. As a cloned cow can cost $15,000 to 20,000 dollars per copy, it is expected that most cloned animals will be used for breeding.

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