The current state of the New Zealand goat industry

dc.contributor.authorScholtens, MRen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmith, RMCen_US
dc.contributor.authorLopez-Lozano, SRen_US
dc.contributor.authorLopez-Villalobos, Nen_US
dc.contributor.authorBurt, Den_US
dc.contributor.authorHarper, Len_US
dc.contributor.authorTuohy, Men_US
dc.contributor.authorThomas, DGen_US
dc.contributor.authorCarr, AJen_US
dc.contributor.authorGray, DIen_US
dc.contributor.authorTozer, PRen_US
dc.contributor.authorSchreurs, NMen_US
dc.coverage.spatialRotorua, New Zealanden_US
dc.description.abstractGoat farming in New Zealand has a lower profile compared to dairy, sheep and beef systems. The goat industry is small in New Zealand (Stafford & Prosser, 2016) and there has been limited consideration of the potential for the industry to expand (Shepard & O’Donnell, 1979). The environmental and commodity market constraints currently impacting pastoral systems in New Zealand provide an opportunity for the goat industry to have a greater economic contribution to New Zealand’s agricultural production. In New Zealand, goats are farmed for milk, meat and fibre production and also act as a mechanism for controlling excess pasture growth, enhancing clover in mixed pasture and controlling weeds (Batten, 2014). The aim of this paper was to present an overview of the goat industry to provide background knowledge for consideration when deciding the direction of the goat industries in New Zealand. As part of the overview, farmers, processors and industry bodies were contacted to obtain an estimate of the number and location of goats farmed in New Zealand. Although some of the sources of information for the goat industry are not perfect, this research is an attempt to bring together information that has not been consolidated in nearly 40 years (Shepard & O’Donnell, 1979) and was achieved as part of a three-part study with companion papers being produced (Lopez-Lozano et al. 2017; Smith et al. 2017). Information from this study were used in conjunction with the value of the goat industry (Lopez-Lozano et al. 2017) to project the potential of the New Zealand goat industry (Smith et al. 2017).en_US
dc.format.extent164 - 168en_US
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Production, 2017, 77 pp. 164 - 168en_US
dc.publisherNew Zealand Society of Animal Productionen_US
dc.relation.isPartOfProceedings of the New Zealand Society of Animal Productionen_US
dc.rightsThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.en_US
dc.sourceNew Zealand Society of Animal Productionen_US
dc.subject.anzsrc0702 Animal Productionen_US
dc.titleThe current state of the New Zealand goat industryen_US
dc.typeConference Paper
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