Technical Information on Goat Production
UPDATED: JANUARY 2007
Bruce McGregor, Attwood
This Agriculture Note provides details of general and technical references in Australian goat production. The Department provides some technical Agriculture Notes on goat production. There are also other general publications on goat production, some of which are listed below. For many inquiries, including both students and farmers, a list of more technical sources of information is often requested.
This list does not claim to be comprehensive but refers to material relevant to southern Australian conditions, that should be obtainable from libraries.
There are also information and research reports available from Australian Web sites.
The best advisory book on goat farming in Australia is; Australian Goat Notes (2001). Ed. A.J. Simmonds. 267 pp. (Australian Cashmere Growers Association: Kellyville,
NSW). Orders C/- Box 380, Kellyville, 2155, $53.90 plus postage. Phone 02 9629 2390. These Goat Notes are also available from:
Goat Farming – profitable and productive (2000). 22 pp. (Meat and Livestock Australia: Sydney). Goat Health and Production. Proceeding No. 134. Ed. D.
Brydon, 1990, 500 pp. (Post-Graduate Committee in
Veterinary Science: University of Sydney). The Goat Manual (1990). (NSW Department of Agriculture: Sydney).
Anon (1991). The Goat. Model code of practice for the welfare of animals. SCA Technical Report No 32. (CSIRO: Melbourne).
Victorian Department of Primary Industries http://www.depi.vic.gov.au/notes and follow the links to Animals and goats.
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries http://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture and follow the links to Animals and goats.
The Australian Goat Report, published fortnightly with updates on meat and fibre prices. Ring 0263 433 225.
Australasian Mohair Marketing Organisation Ltd., Craig Clancy, 0269 592 988.
Mohair Australia Ltd.,
Angora goat breed society with monthly newsletter. Ring office 0269 592 069
Australian Cashmere Growers Association. Cashmere Update newsletter, Ring 0500 500 284.
Goat Milk Industry
Australian Goat Milk Association Inc.,
Secretary: Joe Hall 03 54 347 510.
Dairy Goat Society of Australia, Victorian Secretary:
Mrs. E. Allen, RMB 1144 Majorca, 3465. Herd Improvement Association: Gail Abud, 03 9718 2041.
Goat Meat Industry
Meat and Livestock Australia.
Industry Research Bodies
Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) manages the mohair, cashmere and dairy goat industries, http://www.rirdc.gov.au
Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA)
Allan, C., Holst, P. and Campbell, M. (1995). Weed control using goats (NSW Department of Agriculture: Sydney)
Anon (1985). Goat Production and research in the Topics. Ed. Copeland, J.W. (Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research: Canberra).
Holst, P.J. and McGregor, B.A. (1992). Development of the Australian fibre goat industries. In 'Recent Advances in Goat Production' Proc. V International Conference on Goats: 1554-1560. (International Goat Association: New Delhi).
Hosking, W.J. et al. (1986). Trace elements for pastures and animals in Victoria. (Department of Agriculture and Rural Affairs: Melbourne).
Leeder, J.D., McGregor, B.A. and Steadman, R.G. (1998). Properties and performance of goat fibre: A review and interpretation of existing research results. RIRDC Research Paper 98/22. 117 pp. (RIRDC: Barton ACT).
McGregor, B.A. (1998). Nutrition, management and other environmental influences on the quality and production of mohair and cashmere with particular reference to mediterranean and annual temperate climatic zones: A review. Small Ruminant Research 28: 199-215.
McGregor, B.A. (2003). Eco-grazing – the use of diversified grazing ecosystems as part of integrated weed management. In "Developments in Weed Management" Proceedings 1st Biennial Conference Weeds Society of Victoria, Bendigo pp. 33-36.
McGregor, B.A. (2005). Nutrition and management of goats in drought. RIRDC Report No 05/188. (RIRDC: Canberra). https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/05-188
Ferguson, M.B. and McGregor, B.A. (2005). Selecting high performing Angoras. RIRDC Report No 05/141. (RIRDC: Canberra).
McGregor, B.A. and Butler, K.L. (2004). Contribution of objective and subjective attributes to the variation in commercial value of Australian mohair and implications for mohair production, genetic improvement and mohair marketing. Australian Journal of Agricultural Research 55: 1283-1298.
McGregor, B.A. (1992). Advances in the production of high quality Australian mohair. Animal Production in Australia
19: 255-257. Proceedings National Mohair Conferences, 1994, 1995,
- Ed. B.A. McGregor. (Agriculture Victoria: Melbourne). Davies, L. and Murray, G. (1997). The Economics of a
Commercial Angora Goat Enterprise. (RIRDC: Barton
ACT). McGregor, B.A. (1998). Mohair. In: The New Rural Industries, A Handbook for Farmers and Investors. Ed. K.W. Hyde. pp. 50 - 54. (RIRDC: Barton ACT).
Hunter, L. (1993). Mohair: a review of its properties, processing and applications. (CSIR: Port Elizabeth).
McGregor, B.A. (1998). Cashmere. In: The New Rural Industries, A Handbook for Farmers and Investors. Ed.
K.W. Hyde. pp. 20 - 22. (RIRDC: Canberra). McGregor, B.A. (2006). Benchmarks for cashmere.
RIRDC Report No 06/015 (RIRDC: Canberra). https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/02-112 McGregor, B.A. (2002). Australian Cashmere – attributes
and processing. RIRDC. Report No. 02/112. (RIRDC: Canberra).https://rirdc.infoservices.com.au/items/02-112
Davies, L. and Murray, G. (1997). The Economics of a
Commercial Cashmere Enterprise. (RIRDC: Canberra). Restall, B.J. and Pattie, W.A. (1991). Breeding cashmere goats. (obtain from the Australian Cashmere Growers Association).
Goat Farming – profitable and productive (2000). 22 pp.
(Meat and Livestock Australia: Sydney). Goat Health and Production. Proceeding No. 134. Ed. D. Brydon, 1990, 500 pp. Post-Graduate Committee in Veterinary Science, University of Sydney.
McGregor, B.A. (1998). Goat Meat. In: The New Rural Industries, A Handbook for Farmers and Investors. Ed.
K.W. Hyde. pp. 46 - 49. (RIRDC: Barton ACT).
Marketing Prime Goat Kids (1996). 11 pp. (NSW Agriculture: Orange). Ferrier, G.R. and. McGregor,B.A. (2002). Benchmarks of
Victorian commercial goat meat enterprises. Animal
Production in Australia 24: 65-68. McGregor, B.A. (2005). Compendium of growth rates of Australian goats. Department of Primary Industries, Attwood.
McGregor, B.A. (1984). Proc. Workshop on "Improving Marketing and Returns from Goat Meat Production", Werribee No. 1983, Agricultural Notes Series No. 137. (Department of Agriculture: Melbourne).
The previous version of this note was published in May 2002.
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