Federated Farmers: Focus on goats

Federated Farmers Goats committee is picking up on a number of challenges issued at the Goats conference in February this year. Two issues in particular are being given priority; taking advantage of the most modern technology in worm control and "lack of co-operation in a (breed) fragmented industry", as one speaker put it. In addition it is keeping a close watch on how the remaining goat meat levy funds are likely to be invested.
The committee is investigating how the CarLA (Carbohydrate Larvel Antigen) saliva test, which is being enthusiastically adopted by a number of sheep farmers, can be used to advantage by goat farmers. It also views this as a vehicle to address the other priority issues. Chairman John Woodward has been in continual contact with Boer, Dairy and Angora goat groups, the Hopkirk Research Institute (AgResearch) and Beef & Lamb New Zealand with a view to applying some of the residual goat meat levy funds to research into the relevance of the CarLA system to goat farms. Further meetings with Beef & Lamb and the CarLA Saliva Test Unit of Agresearch are scheduled for this month and we hope to have some positive progress to report in the next NFR.

- Northern Advocate

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