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Victoria's Goat Industry

goats in a feedlot
Around half of Victoria’s goat production occurs in the Gippsland, East Gippsland and Goulburn regions. Farms are also located in Barwon and the peri-urban regions of outer Melbourne, which produce about 22 per cent of Victoria's goats.

As of 30 June 2012, Victoria had 409 agricultural businesses involved in the goat industry, holding 38,806 head.

Victoria's goat industry is based on broad acre production systems, rather than wild harvesting of rangeland goats which occurs in neighbouring states. Victoria also has a small industry producing goat milk for use in specialist infant formula and in making cheese and yoghurt. There are currently fourteen goat dairies operating in Victoria. There is no bulk pick up of milk, so producers must deliver it themselves to one of about eight cheese factories around the state.

Goat production systems are almost all extensive, however there has been interest from industry to intensify goat production for both meat and milk production.

The Victorian goat meat industry experienced significant growth in the last decade in response to strong export demand and increased domestic demand. Victorian goat exports increased from $3.4 million in 1997 to more than $96 million in 2014.

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feral goats


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Last Updated: 29 April 2016