General position paper - Development of the goat industry in NSW

The NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) recognises the value of the goat industry to the state of NSW and the importance of supporting its future development.

This is consistent with the sector’s positive maturity and growth trajectory, which is underpinned by robust global demand for live goats and goat meat, favourable prices, improving supply security, and investments in relevant infrastructure.

The Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA), in collaboration and consultation with stakeholders, developed the Goatmeat and Livestock Industry Strategic Plan 2015-2020.

The plan aims to address the identified challenges and explore new opportunities for investment in improving on-farm profitability and productivity, processing productivity, marketing and diversification, and collaboration with stakeholders.

NSW DPI has reviewed the plan and, in line with DPI’s Strategic Plan 2019-2023, has provided feedback and recommendations for the goat industry and relevant industry stakeholders in NSW.

Specific comments in response to the plan (with particular reference to NSW DPI activities and capabilities) are outlined in appendix 1.