AUSTRALIA - Over the past 20 years the Australian goat meat industry has continued to grow, largely underpinned by the sale of goats derived from rangeland or extensive production systems.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia, Australia was again the world leader in goat meat exports in 2014, with around 95 per cent of Australian goat meat sent offshore and accounting for around 50 per cent of the global goat meat trade.
During 2014 an estimated 90 per cent of Australia’s production was derived from rangeland goats, the majority of which are mustered from semi-arid western regions of the eastern states.
Key highlights of the summary include:
- In 2014, Australian goat slaughter surpassed the previous year’s record level by 2.7 per cent, reaching 2.13 million head.
- Goat production totalled 32,900 tonnes cwt, up 4 per cent year-on-year, to be the highest volume on record.
- Live goat exports were 18 per cent higher than the previous year, at 88,530 head.
- Goat meat shipments increased 10 per cent year-on-year, to 35,780 tonnes swt – the highest on record.
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