Goat

Goat meat a future food for farmers

[1 November/Hawkes Bay Times] The Future Foods Conference in Napier saw more than 200 people hear that the best opportunity for Hawkes Bay to develop more value-added products was through focusing on goat meat rather than plant-based alternatives. Natasha Telles D’Costa told the conference that goat meat is the world’s most consumed meat with a...

New PGP programme to foster high value goat milk infant formula industry

[31 August/MPI] A Primary Group Partnership programme looked to grow a sustainable, high value goat milk infant formula industry in New Zealand has launched. Caprine Innovations NZ is a programme between the Ministry for Primary Industries and the Dairy Goat Co-operative. The goals of the programme is to improve the health and wellbeing of families,...

Dairy Goat Co-operative appoints David Hemara as new chief executive

[16 April/NZ Farmer] David Hemara has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Dairy Goat Co-operative after Tony Giles stepped down. Mr Hemara said his focus would be to maintain the push for quality, innovation and export market development. Before stepping down, Mr Giles added that DGC’s key areas of growth were in...

Live goat exports to Asia in demand

[28 February/Rural Life] According to Shingle Creek Chevon Partner, Dougal Laidlaw, more pure and composite meat goats were needed to fill four shipments of live goats and goat meat to Asian clients. Due to the competitive live export market, he did not disclose the countries the goats were being sent to however he wanted to...

Dairy Goat Co-operative earns $193m in revenue last season

[14 November/Stuff] Dairy Goat Co-operative (DGC) grew its revenue by $16 million to $193 million last season, helped by strong European markets. Outgoing DGC Chief Executive Tony Giles said the performance was in keeping with DGC’s growth over the past four to five years and was due to significant investment in market development globally. Mr...

Farmers look to supply dairy goat plant

[18 July/ Farmers Weekly] Canterbury farmers have shown interest in farming dairy goats as the new processing plant in Ashburton neared completion. The New Zealand Dairy Collaborative Group (NZDGC) had invested millions of dollars to establish the infant formula processing facility, largely bankrolled by Fineboon, its largest shareholder and the largest goat milk infant formula...

Goats’ milk powder not made in NZ – court

[3 May/ Radio NZ Rural] The Christchurch High Court has ruled that New Zealand Nutritionals has made misleading statements on two of their goat milk products by claiming that they were made in New Zealand when they were not. Justice, Geoffrey Venning said the labels were misleading because all the active ingredients were imported and...

Plans to invest up to $30m goat plant

[3 July/ Radio NZ Rural] Fresco Nutrition has announced plans to invest up to $30 million to build processing and packaging facilities in Hawke’s Bay. Fresco Nutrition Managing Director, Greg Wycherley said there was growing demand for infant formula that came from goats and sheep milk, and that Hawke’s Bay was the ideal place to...

Goat’s milk could be $1 billion opportunity [19 May/ Radio NZ Rural]

A report commission by Business Hawkes Bay showed that goat dairy farming and infant formula production, within the region, could generate $1.5 billion and create 178 jobs. Business Hawkes Bay Food and Beverage Programme Manager, Catherine Rusby said there was growing interest in the sector as farmers look for alternatives to sheep and beef farming....

New goat milk plant in the South

[20 April/ New Zealand Farmers Weekly] The New Zealand Dairy Collaborative Group (NZDCG) is to establish a goat milk plant in the new Ashburton business estate. The $40 million plant will initially be an infant formula blending and packaging facility, but with future development, could include a drying plant. NZDCG Managing Director, Solomon Ling said...

Goat dairying set to take off in Manawatu

[9 April/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Six farms in the Manawatu region are being developed to produce for the fast growing goat milk industry. Milk from all the Manawatu farms would be shipped to a privately owned Waikato plant, where it would be turned into milk powder for infant formula. Farmer, Darrell Shellard said his...

Close eye on goat behaviour

[2 April/ RadioNZ] The Ruakura AgResearch facility is to house 48 goats to look into goat behaviour and animal welfare. The facility will use video cameras to observe the goats, offering substantial insights into on-farm practices. AgResearch Senior Scientist, Dr Warren King said there was a greater focus on animal welfare and milk quality as...

Only three new suppliers for goat milk co-op

[2 February/ Business Day: NZ Farmer] Infant formula exporter, Dairy Goat Co-operative is to only take three new dairy goat milk suppliers next season, making a total of 72 suppliers, following its 10 supplier addition last year. Dairy Goat Co-operative CEO, Tony Giles said it was developing new markets in Europe, with the former CEO...

New $70m drier opened by Dairy Goat Co-op

[5 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] The Prime Minister, John Key opened Dairy Goat Co-operative’s new $70 million spray dryer at its Hamilton plant. Dairy Goat Co-operative CEO, Tony Giles said it had been building manufacturing capacity to support the increase in sales growth over the past 15 years. He mentioned the company’s narrow focus...

Dairy Goat Co-op ready to expand

[14 August/ NZ Farmer] The Dairy Goat Co-operative started commissioning its new $70 million spray dryer and it plans to start using it later in August. Dairy Goat Co-operative CEO, Tony Giles attributed the co-op’s growth to $150 million of revenue to its demand driven, market-led strategy. He emphasised the importance of the market-led philosophy...

Goat conference on in Queenstown

[23 May/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Approximately 80 farmers from four separate goat groups (Mohair, Meat Goat, Boer Goat and New Zealand Goat) are expected to attend a three day conference in Queenstown, with the hope that dairy goat farmers will also attend the event. Boer Goat Breeders Association chair, Geoff Muggeridge while highlighting the...

Dairy goat industry goes scientific

 [10 September/ Radio New Zealand Rural] Scientific support is being given to the small New Zealand dairy goat industry to help it meet the rapidly growing demand for goat milk products. The Hamilton based Dairy Goat Cooperative’s processing plant is currently supplied by approximately 60 Waikato farmers. The Cooperative focuses on producing high-quality infant formulas...

Dairy goat boss steps down

 [15 July/ Business Day] Chief Executive of the Dairy Goat Co-operative, Dave Stanley, is stepping down and will be succeeded in March next year by his deputy, Tony Giles. Mr Stanley started 20 years ago as the co-operatives sole staffer and oversaw the Waikato company’s growth from a cottage industry to a $130 million a...