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  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 1

    A Message from the Chairperson!

    Dear Members,

    Firstly Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all

    our members, families, Goats and support staff such as dogs, alpacas and

    others. Hopefully the Aussie heat will not be too much for you all and the

    danger of fires stays far away from your homes.

    The Board held their final meeting for 2015 on Thursday 17th Dec 2015.

    Minutes

    The Minutes of the previous meeting of the Board (Nov 19th 2015) will be

    loaded on the website shortly.

    Welcome

    The Board are pleased to welcome another new member this month from

    Qld.

    Newsletter

    Judith requires articles, stories, funnies, show results and photos for

    inclusion in the upcoming newsletter. Member contributions go along in

    making the newsletter informative and interesting. If there is a particular

    topic of interest that you would like included, please contact Judith:

    [email protected]

    Breeder workshops & Judging Schools

    In preparation for next years planning, I would encourage any members

    who wish to attend Training Days or Judging Schools to contact their State

    Branch Breed Development Portfolio holder or the Federal Board, so we

    can gauge where the majority of interest lies.

    People willing to host a Workshop or Judging School are always much

    needed and are invited to inform the Board of their willingness to be a host

    for future Schools.

    BGBAA Schools, Training Days, Workshops etc need to be approved by the

    Board and open to interested members.

    BOER GOAT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION OF

    AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER

    DECEMBER 2015

    Inside this Issue

    Chairperson’s Message

    P1

    Newsletter Contacts

    P3

    Treasurers Message

    P4

    Show Results P6-19

    BGBAA Advertising

    P20

    Classifieds P20

    BGBAA Shirts P21-22

    Profitable Meat Goat

    Production P23-25

    WormBoss article

    P26-27

    Additional Snippets

    P28

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 2

    The Federal Board is also looking into seeking funding from MLA to hold another Open Field Day.

    More news on this later we hope.

    I would encourage all senior Judges to invite a Junior Judge to join you in the ring at any Judging

    appointments you may have.

    Classification days are also available and these need to be booked in. Please contact Lynn

    Wickenden: [email protected] for further information.

    Show-time

    Entries are now open for Sydney Royal 2016. Entries can be done on-line or manually with a saving

    on entry costs to the computer savvy.

    Sydney Royal will again this year serve as our BGBAA National Show.

    New exhibitors are always welcome, and encouraged to join in the show. If you feel you are not

    ready to tackle Sydney yet, there are always exhibitors looking for helpers or just come along and

    watch the judging.

    Mr Jacques Pretorius from South Africa, who recently judged at the Eastern Cape Championships the

    Bushveld Championships and the Central Championships has accepted the RAS invitation to Judge at

    the 2016 Sydney Royal Boer Goat Show.

    Social Media

    I would encourage all members who have a Facebook account, to make use of the BGBAA Facebook

    page. Stories and pictures are free worldwide advertising for your stud, so be seen!

    The next meeting of the board will be

    Thursday 18th Feb 2016.

    Kind Regards,

    Lynn Wickenden

    Chairperson & Classification Director

    BGBAA NEWSLETTER PUBLICATION DATES AND DEADLINES 2016

    PUBLICATION DATE DEADLINE

    February 29, 2016 February 24, 2016

    April 29, 2016 April 20, 2016

    June 30, 2016 June 22, 2016

    August 30, 2016 August 24, 2016

    October 31, 2016 October 26, 2016

    December 27, 2016 December 21, 2016

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 3

    Please contact any of the following Portfolio representatives with photos, articles, events to be published in the Newsletters. Your input is appreciated!

    NEWSLETTER CONTACTS

    DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS AND EDUCATION

    JUDITH D’ALOISIO PH: (03) 5797 3232 Mob: 0437 800 308 Email: [email protected]

    VIC/TAS PORTFOLIO REPRESENTATIVE

    NERIDA TULL PH: (03) 5794 1507 Mob: 0427 941 507 Email: [email protected]

    NSW REPRESENTATIVE TRACEY WOODS PH: (02) 6859 2956 Email: [email protected]

    QLD REPRESENTATIVE REBECCA BROOKS PH: (07) 5427 0623 Email: [email protected]

    SA REPRESENTATIVE MELISSA JOHNSON Email: [email protected]

    Editors Note: Any text to web sites which is blue and underlined is a hyperlink. When clicked within this PDF file it will automatically go to that website.

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]:[email protected]?subject=BGBAA%20Website%20Enquiry

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 4

    URGENT, BGBAA Press Release from Treasurer Geoff Mitchell………… Christmas Downsizing

    Today's global economic challenges and the continued high $AUD, which is limiting our overseas markets, require the BGBAA Board of Directors to continue to look for a better, more competitive edge. Effective immediately, the following economy measures are to take place in the "Twelve Days of Christmas" Portfolio:

    1. The partridge will be retained, but the pear tree never turned out to be the cash crop forecasted. It will be replaced by a plastic hanging plant, providing considerable savings in maintenance.

    2. The two turtle doves represent a redundancy that is simply not cost effective. In addition, their romance during working hours could not be condoned. The positions are therefore eliminated.

    3. The three French hens will remain intact. After all, everyone loves the French.

    4. The four calling birds were replaced by an automated voice mail system, with a call waiting option. An analysis is underway to determine who the birds have been calling, how often and how long they talked.

    5. The five golden rings have been put on hold by the Board of Directors. Maintaining a portfolio based on one commodity could have negative implications for institutional investors. Diversification into other precious metals as well as a mix of T-Bills and high technology stocks appear to be in order.

    6. The six geese-a-laying constitutes a luxury which can no longer be afforded. It has long been felt that the production rate of one egg per goose per day is an example of the decline in productivity. Three geese will be let go, and an upgrading in the selection procedure by personnel will assure management that from now on every goose it gets will be a good one.

    7. The seven swans-a-swimming is obviously a number chosen in better times. Their function is primarily decorative. Mechanical swans are on order. The current swans will be retrained to learn some new strokes and therefore enhance their outplacement.

    8. As you know, the eight maids-a-milking concept has been under heavy scrutiny by the EEOC. A male/female balance in the workforce is being sought. The more militant maids consider this a dead-end job with no upward mobility. Automation of the process may permit the maids to try a-mending, a-mentoring or a-mulching.

    9. Nine ladies dancing has always been an odd number. This function will be phased out as these individuals grow older and can no longer do the steps.

    10. Ten Lords-a-leaping is overkill. The high cost of Lords plus the expense of international air travel prompted the Compensation Committee to suggest replacing this group with ten out-of-work politicians. While leaping ability may be somewhat sacrificed, the savings are significant because we expect an oversupply of unemployed politicians this year.

    11. Eleven pipers piping and twelve drummers drumming is a simple case of the band getting too big. A substitution with a string quartet, a cut back on new music and no uniforms will produce savings which will drop right down to the bottom line.

    12. We can expect a substantial reduction in assorted people, fowl, animals and other expenses. Though incomplete, studies indicate that stretching deliveries over twelve days is inefficient. If we can drop ship in one day, service levels will be improved.

    Regarding the lawsuit filed by the attorney's association seeking expansion to include the legal profession ("thirteen lawyers-a-suing"), action is pending.

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 5

    Lastly, it is not beyond consideration that deeper cuts may be necessary in the future to stay competitive. Should that happen, the Board will request management to scrutinize the Snow White Portfolio to see if seven dwarfs is the right number. Forced redundancies may be in order. Geoff Mitchell, Treasurer, Director, Finance Portfolio.

    Christmas cheer…

    RECYCLED FROM 2012 so apologies to members who

    remember but hopefully new Members will enjoy!!

    (EDITOR)

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 6

    AROUND THE SHOW CIRCUIT…………

    Full results for all shows are available on the National web site www.australianboergoat.com.au

    Cairns Show 18th July, 2015

    Champion and Reserve Australian Red

    Does.

    Mossman River 509

    (Michel & Tarella Vico)

    Armadown 336

    (Bob and Tricia Lloyd, Sawmill Pocket)

    Champion Australian Red

    Buck and Supreme Australian

    Red Exhibit.

    Armadown 324

    (Bob and Tricia Lloyd,

    Sawmill Pocket Goats)

    Chanpion Senior Boer Doe

    Sawmill Pocket 50

    (Bob and Tricia Lloyd)

    Reserve Champion

    Mossman River Chardonnay

    (Michael and Tarella Vico)

    http://www.australianboergoat.com.au/

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 7

    Champion and Reserve Champion

    Senior Boer Bucks

    Mossman River 364

    (Michael & Tarella Vico)

    Mugambi 1099

    (Michael & Tarella Vico, Mossman

    River Stud)

    Rocky Ridge Odelle

    1st Doe Kid under 8 months

    Junior Champion Doe

    (Don & Betty Hepple, Rocky ridge

    Stud)

    Sawmilll Pocket 50.

    1st Boer Doe 36 months and over.

    Champion Boer Doe

    Supreme Champion Boer Exhibit.

    Grand Champion Meat Exhibit

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 8

    Royal Adelaide Show (SA) 12th September 2015

    JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Balmarden

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER DOE: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Melissa Johnson Kosiosko

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Jarrah Boer Goats

    SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER BUCK: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER GOAT: Coota Park (Margaret Miller)

    Royal Melbourne Show (Vic) 19th September 2015 Judge: Stephen Andrews NZ.

    JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Mt Lilydale Mercy College Mcauley Park Miffy

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Mt Lilydale Mercy College Mcauley Park Holly

    SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Vesty Boers Dora

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Vesty Boers Connie

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER DOE: Vesty Boers Dora

    SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Vesty Boers Winton

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Vesty Boers Digger

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER BUCK: Vesty Boers Winton

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER GOAT(Supreme): Vesty Boers Dora

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 9

    More photos and full results at

    www.australianboergoat,com.au

    Show Results.

    http://www.australianboergoat,com.au/

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 10

    Wagga Wagga Show (NSW) 2nd October 2015 Judge: Vicki Mitchell (Vic)

    JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Mugambi 1203 MUFK1203

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Pacifica Karma PFAFK284

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Mugambi Overline MNFB1193

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Pacifica Jezebel PFAFJ128

    SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Carrington View Little M CVFH213

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Carrington View Kahlua CVFJ1234

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER DOE: Mugambi Overline MNFB1193

    RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION DOE: Carrington View Little M CVFH213

    JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Mugambi Cochise MUFK1215

    RESERVE CHAMPION JUNIOR BUCK: Carrington View Striker CVFK467

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK: Pacifica Sonny PFAFK107

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK: Pacifica J157

    SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Mugambi Merlin MUFF1000

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Pacifica Kuga PFAFJ12

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER BUCK: Mugambi Merlin MUFF1000

    RESERVE GRAND CHAMPION BOER BUCK: Mugambi Cochise MUFK1215

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 11

    Seymour Show (Vic) 3rd October 2015 Judge: Peter Mitchell (Vic)

    JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Strzboer Alexis SZBFL118

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Brentwood Park Prima MHFK 0335

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Vesty Boers Connie VBFK1444

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Amahle Pyria MHFK50231

    SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Amahle Phoebe AMHFH0085

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Amahle Chiquita AMHFH0106

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER DOE: Vesty Boers Connie

    JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Amahle Octane AMHFL1503

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Strzboer Braysen SZBFL096

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK:Mitchell Genetics Rub 442 MSAFJ0442

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK: Vesty Boers Digger VBFK1400

    SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Brentwood Park Gasoline ABMFJ 3106

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Mitchell Genetics Caltex MSAFH610

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER BUCK: Brentwood Park Gasoline ABMFJ 3106

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 12

    Berrigan Show (NSW) 4th October 2015 Judge: Thomas Youlden (NSW) No results received.

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 13

    Shepparton Show (Vic) 10th October 2015 Judges: Lynn Wickenden and Marlene Andrews (NSW)

    JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Brentwood Park Petra

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Brentwood Park Priya

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Parra Boers 1467

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Brentwood Park Vesta

    SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Mitchell Genetics Helena

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Amahle Phoebe

    JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Mitchell Genetics Highlander

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Amahle Octane

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK: Vesty Boers Digger

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK: Vesty Booers Winton

    SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Brentwood Park Gasoline

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Mitchell Genetics Manfred

    GRAND CHAMPION DOE: Mitchell Genetics Helena GRAND CHAMPION BOER BUCK: Brentwood park Gasoline

    SUPREME EXHIBIT: Brentwood Park Gasoline

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 14

    Kyabram Show (Vic) 17th October 2015 Judge: Michael Leopardi (SA)

    JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Amahle Inca

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Amahle Pizazz

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Vesty Boers Connie

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Parra Boers PBGF1467

    SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Strzboer SZBFJ041

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Amahle Khaleesi

    JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Amahle Octane

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Vesty Boers

    SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Brentwood Park Gasoline

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: MITCHELL GENETICS

    GRAND CHAMPION BOER: Brentwood Park Gasoline

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 15

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    New South Wales State Show (Queanbeyan, NSW) 7th November 2015

    Judges: Pierre Bouwer (NSW) Stephen Andrews (NZ)

    JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Micathel McKeirnan

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Pacifica Barcoo

    JUNIOR CHAMPION RED BOER BUCK: Kazleesha Lewis

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK: Pacifica Kramer

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION BUCK: Micathel Caerwyn

    SENIOR CHAMPION RED BUCK: Enterprise Kawana

    SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Pacifica Kuga

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION BUCK: Micathel Solomon

    JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Micathel Eleanor

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION DOE: Micathel Veronika

    JUNIOR CHAMPION RED DOE: Kazleesha Luna

    RESERVE JUNIOR CHAMPION RED DOE: Kazleesha Lava

    INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Pacifica Tessa

    RESERVE INTERMEDIATE CHAMPION DOE: Micathel Sabella

    SENIOR CHAMPION RED DOE: Kazleesha Star

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION RED DOE:Kazleesha Galaxy

    SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Pacifica PFA FH 50

    RESERVE SENIOR CHAMPION DOE: Micathel Paola

    GRAND CHAMPION BUCK: Pacifica Kuga GRAND CHAMPION BOER DOE: Micathel Eleanor

    SUPREME EXHIBIT: Pacifica Kuga

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 17

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    Tag year colours

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 20

    WEBSITE AND NEWSLETTER ADVERTISING

    The following chart lists the options for advertising in the Newsletter or the website. Prices include GST. A form is available on the website at the following link: http://www.australianboergoat.com.au/forms.php Any advertising can be forwarded to [email protected] (03)57973232. Members can login to the website and upload Classifieds in the Members Area. There is no charge for State Branches to advertise. A mail out to members can be done through ABRI, contact Barb O’Shea [email protected] Cost is $75 for members, $110 for non-members.

    MEMBER OF BGBAA NON MEMBER OF BGBAA

    ADVERTISING TYPES & COSTS Please complete details below Please complete details below Website – Classifieds For Sale

    FREE OF CHARGE $22.00

    Website – Classifieds Wanted

    FREE OF CHARGE FREE OF CHARGE

    Website – Homepage Rollover Ad

    $55.00/month Number of months**

    $110.00/month Number of months**

    Website – Static Ad (other pages)

    $55.00/month Number of months**

    $110.00/month Number of months**

    Newsletter – Under ¼ page

    FREE OF CHARGE Number of editions

    $55.00/edition Number of editions

    Newsletter – ¼ page

    $55.00/edition Number of editions

    $75.00/edition Number of editions

    Newsletter – ½ page

    $75.00/edition Number of editions

    $110.00/edition Number of editions

    Newsletter – Full page

    $110.00/edition Number of editions

    $165.00/edition Number of editions

    TOTAL DUE $

    ** Invoicing cycle (please circle): Monthly 3-monthly

    ** Invoicing cycle (please circle): Monthly 3-monthly

    CLASSIFIEDS………………

    Rocky Ridge Boer Goat Stud Mt Garnet FNQ 4872

    Due to the dry conditions I am reluctantly forced to reduce my doe herd.

    Does from weaner to adults.

    Terraweena, Mugambi, Yarrabee Aaronvale & Kwee-Wee bloodlines.

    Goats have been sent south before on a reliable transport.

    Betty Hepple

    Ph 07 40 979 178

    Email [email protected]

    June Hollingshead Heatherglen Boer Goats

    Heatherglen Lady Suzie Dec 2012

    Shepparton show 2014 1st under 2 years only one in class, very solid/stud $200

    Glenowen 944 Sept 2009 Wry tail, Commercial, good mum $150

    Twins Ellie and Emma Jan 2015 $200 Both have 5 teats, Commercial

    Ring after 8.00PM 03 52388232 Must sell.

    http://www.australianboergoat.com.au/forms.phpmailto:[email protected]:///C:/Users/Judith/Documents/National%20E%20Newsletters/December2012/[email protected]:[email protected]

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 21

    BGBAA SHIRTS – NEW ARRIVALS – BE QUICK- LIMITED STOCKS AVAILABLE

    $35.00 each Photos below…

    TOY GOATS STILL AVAILABLE $25.00 3 available

    AQUA BLUE – UNISEX:

    SIZE QTY STOCK SOLD STOCK ON HAND

    X LARGE 8 4 4

    2X LARGE 2 2

    3xLARGE 2 1 1

    LIME GREEN – UNISEX:

    SIZE QTY STOCK SOLD STOCK ON HAND

    X LARGE 2 2 NIL

    PINK – LADIES :

    SIZE QTY STOCK SOLD STOCK ON HAND

    SMALL 2 2 NIL

    MEDIUM 1 1 1

    LARGE 5 2 3

    X LARGE 4 4

    2XLARGE 2 2

    NEW!!!!!!!

    PURPLE-LADIES

    SIZE QTY STOCK SOLD STOCK ON HAND

    SMALL 2 2

    MEDIUM 4 2 2

    LARGE 4 4

    X LARGE 4 2 2

    2XLARGE 2 2

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 22

    RED-LADIES

    SIZE QTY STOCK SOLD STOCK ON HAND

    SMALL 2 2 0

    MEDIUM 2 2 0

    LARGE 4 1 3

    XLARGE 2 2

    2XLARGE 2 2

    BLACK/ RED TRIM-UNISEX

    SIZE QTY STOCK SOLD STOCK ON HAND

    MEDIUM 2 1 1

    LARGE 2 2 0

    XLARGE 2 1 1

    2XLARGE 3 3

    BLACK/GREY TRIM-UNISEX

    SIZE QTY STOCK SOLD STOCK ON HAND

    MEDIUM 2 2 0

    LARGE 1 1 1

    XLARGE 2 2 0

    2XLARGE 2 2 0

    Contact: Vicki Mitchell

    Phone: (03) 5829 0693

    Mobile: 0427 290 693

    Email: [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]?subject=BGBAA%20Website%20Enquiry

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 23

    Profitable Boer Goat Meat Production by Ian Johnson (UK)

    British farmers are historically world class at producing livestock – and usually pretty awful at marketing it! Unsurprising when you look at the skill set they have had handed down from generation to generation. Most successful business people will tell you to play to your strengths and outsource your weaknesses. This is why when the phone rings and people tell me that they want to start with Boar Goats I always ask them why? I’m not being clever or rude it’s just that if they don’t really know what the end game is they will never get there.

    Generally the answer is either, hobby, meat for the freezer or commercial venture. The first two are easy answers, buy the required number of does preferably in kid and away you go. Simple health and management advice, and they have achieved what they set out to do in the first place and hopefully had lots of fun out of the goats and or filled the freezer with very healthy red meat and enjoyed the experience.

    The third type of answer is slightly more complex as generally there is going to be a capital investment involved both in time and money. People are usually not expecting the answer they get when they ask me how to set up a commercial goat meat venture.

    During the last 30 years I have learnt plenty about the white meat chicken industry, there is one golden rule that has survived the years – SELL IT FIRST AND PRODUCE IT SECOND. The practice of producing beef and sheep and then selling them to the highest (or often lowest) bidder in an open market scares the bejesus out of any white meat producer. If you don’t know the selling price then how can you know how much you can afford to spend producing it plus your profit?

    The selling price is made up of two components. Input costs and profit, there, I’ve used the forbidden word in the English language! Profit! Why shouldn’t we be rewarded for all our efforts, inputs of time and money, risk and worry?

    Here I will outline our marketing strategy and then our production costs but stress that this is our system and there is more than one way to skin a cat or in this case a goat!

    We have sold all our meat animals forward for the next three years to a customer in Kent who already has a very successful meat selling operation in place with a proven track record selling goat, lamb and pork into farmers markets and restaurants. The animals are all delivered by me in groups of 20 weighing 40kg minimum, they are all outside of any veterinary withdrawal period and are all either Fullblood, 100% or very high percentage Boer goat. They are processed through a small English abattoir that stuns and is fully regulated by the Meat Hygiene Service. The customer pays me on delivery and as I know in advance the approximate delivery date I can usually arrange a return load that covers the cost of the fuel. I supply an approximate schedule of deliveries for the year so that marketing can be balanced against supply. If my customer is happy then I am happy. We get paid £2.50 per kg liveweight. People will say that they can get more than this but it is usually for very small numbers and they forget the additional costs of transport, killing, packaging, labelling and delivery. I am trying to breed or buy in, to supply 200 animals for 2016 delivery. So that’s the marketing sorted out, full loads of 40kg plus animals worth £100 plus on a long term contract to a respected, established customer.

    For most people the production side of a goat meat business is by far the most interesting and satisfying side but the marketing has got to be watertight, regardless of whether you

  • December 2015 Newsletter Page 24

    are selling direct to the consumer, live on a contract as we do, or into a butcher who will retail them for you.

    We are semi intensive with our meat herd. The does run in groups of 25 housed during the winter in strawed yards and then during the summer they are out grazing in daylight and housed at night. The housing yards are the correct size to take 25 does plus kids up to the age of weaning at 10 weeks.

    A group of 25 does will eat a round bale of haylage costing £25 per week during the winter and quarter that amount during the summer so £813 of haylage per year. (£33 head per year)

    A group of 25 does will eat 300g of 18% nuts per day for 8 months of the year, none for the month after weaning and 1kg per day for 3 months prior to and after kidding, total of 162 kg at £0.25 kg. (£40 nuts per head per year)

    A group of 25 does will use a round bale of straw costing £10 per week during the winter and half that amount during the summer so £390 of straw per year. (£16 head per year)

    Mucking out is done by a contractor who also takes the muck away so we have no additional muck disposal costs. This costs £5 per doe per year.

    Our veterinary costs in the meat herd are £18 per doe per year including her kids. This covers iodine spray, Lambivac, Baycox, Spot On and Dectomax.

    A high percentage Boer goat doeling should cost £300 and rear 10 kids in 5 years before being culled at £100 resulting in £200 depreciation.

    So the doe has cost Haylage £33, Nuts £40, Straw £16, Veterinary £18, depreciation £40 and mucking out £5, totalling £152 per year. Ex labour and housing.

    We are selling the male kids for £100 at 40kg liveweight and the doe kids sell for £230 at 20 weeks when the bucks leave, giving an income per doe of £330 based on 2 kids sold per doe, 1 male 1 female.

    The kids are fed the same nut as the does from the age of 10 days until they are 40kg, ad lib from a feeder. They are weaned at 10 weeks weighing an average of 24kg and remain inside until they are 20 weeks. Utilising the Boer Goats meaty genetics they will convert the feed at 5:1 meaning that each animal eats approximately 180kg of feed plus some hay. This costs £45 per animal or £90 per doe.

    Using this system our costs are £242 per doe per year and she produces £330 leaving £88 per doe profit before labour and the cost of the buck. A margin that most sheep farmers would love to achieve.

    By keeping the kids inside in they don’t suffer from worms but you do need to treat for lice with Spot On and cocci is controlled using Baycox.

    The system is simple. When the doe is kidding she is placed into a single pen, the kids are weighed, tagged and navels sprayed. At 4 weeks the kids are weighed, vaccinated and treated for cocci. This is repeated at 7 weeks and then at 10 weeks faecal samples are taken to see if they require a third treatment for cocci, and then they are weighed and weaned. Buck kids being taken to older ages or bigger weights may need castrating but we don’t need to with them being sold at 20 weeks.

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    The main production system here at Cherry Tree Farm revolves around importing fast growing, high health status Fullblood Boer Goat genetics from South Africa via Australia and then performance recording the offspring to enable us to supply superior meat breeding animals into the fast growing UK goat meat market. The emphasis is heavily weighted to producing high daily liveweight gains, with low mortality, high fecundity, low feed conversion animals that classify well in the abattoir and meet the customers’ requirements allowing everybody in the production chain to have a profit margin.

    Anybody in the chicken industry reading this will recognise that we have utilised the same principles that apply in the white meat sector to producing goat meat:

    Sell it before you produce it.

    Measure everything.

    Focus on Genetics, Management and nutrition.

    Prioritise Welfare.

    Leave everybody a margin!

    Ian Johnson [email protected]

    mailto:[email protected]:[email protected]

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    efficacy.php

    Combination drenches—benefits and efficacy

    WormBoss recommends using effective drenches and where possible, these should be combinations.

    So what is a combination drench? This type of drench contains two or more active ingredients that each target

    the same worms.

    What are the benefits of using combinations drenches?

    1. Combining actives can substantially slow the development of drench resistance to those actives on your farm, allowing you more drench choices for more years.

    2. On many farms a combination is likely to be more effective than using the individual actives (unless the individual active is fully effective). This will give a better kill of the worms in your sheep.

    However, don’t assume that any combination drench will be fully effective on your property. Predicting the

    effectiveness of combinations can be done by testing the effectiveness of single actives on your property.

    WormBoss has developed the WormBoss Combination-Drench Efficacy Calculator, to calculate the predicted

    efficacy of various combination drenches, if you have efficacy results for single actives. Download the

    Calculator at the end of this article.

    Why are combinations generally more effective?

    While drench effectiveness is based on how much a drench reduces the worm egg count (because that’s what we

    can measure), for simplicity, this example refers to worms being killed.

    Let’s consider 3 single drench actives (all from different drench groups) that were tested in a DrenchTest on

    your property and call them A, B and C.

    A is 90% effective (i.e. the drench kills 90% of the worms present)

    B is 80% effective

    C is 70% effective.

    If A, B and C are in a combination drench you can think of the combination working this way:

    If the sheep being drenched had 10,000 worms in it…

    Active A kills 90% (9000 worms) and leaves 1000 worms.

    Active B then kills 80% of the 1000 worms, leaving 200 worms.

    Active C then kills 70% of the 200 worms, leaving 60 worms.

    The actives don’t really take turns, they are acting on the worms simultaneously, but this explanation is easier to

    follow.

    The combination drench has killed 9,940 worms from the original 10,000 worms, meaning it was 99.4%

    effective.

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    In this example, only 60 worms from this sheep survive, reproduce and spread resistant worm eggs onto the

    pasture. Using only one of the individual drenches would allow between 1000 and 3000 resistant worms in the

    one sheep to survive.

    Note that some anthelmintic products have more than one active, but are not combinations. These are the

    products where the actives target different types of worms (e.g. one active targets round worms, the other targets

    tapeworms). These products are best described as anthelmintic mixtures.

    How is drench resistance development slowed with combinations?

    Both modelling and on-farm trials demonstrate that using combinations prolong the life of the individual actives

    within them.

    Each drench group works in a different way to kill worms: a worm that is resistant to a drench has a “resistant

    gene”. But it’s important to note that the resistant genes for each drench group are not the same. The gene for

    resistance to drench A is different to the gene for resistance to drench B, and so on.

    Therefore, the chance of a worm having resistant genes to a number of drench groups is much lower than being

    resistant to just one drench group. This leaves fewer resistant worms to reproduce. And therefore, further

    development of resistance is slower than with single active drenches.

    That doesn’t mean you can simply replace your single actives with combos and drench away with no other

    regard for managing drench resistance. You should still use a range of strategies to manage resistance.

    Regional WormBoss programs advise the importance of minimizing worm challenge to susceptible stock by

    preparing low worm-risk paddocks for them and buying rams with genetic resistance (negative WEC ASBV) to

    worms.

    Predicting the efficacy of combination products from their single actives

    The WormBoss Combination-Drench Efficacy Calculator has been created to make drench resistance tests and

    understanding your results easier.

    You can now predict the efficacy of any drench combination if you have conducted a DrenchTest with the

    individual actives.

    For a comprehensive DrenchTest, WormBoss recommends testing these actives (groups):

    levamisole (LV)

    albendazole OR fenbendazole OR oxfendazole (one of the ‘white’ or BZ drenches)

    abamectin (ML)

    moxidectin (ML)

    naphthalophos (OP)

    closantel (SA)

    monepantel (AD)

    derquantel (SI) + abamectin (ML)(Derquantel alone, is not available for testing).

    Note: praziquantel and triclabendazole are not included, as they do not target roundworms.

    The Combination-Drench Efficacy Calculator

    This calculator is an Excel spreadsheet. Download and open it, and simply enter your efficacy results for any of

    the single actives and the spreadsheet will automatically calculate a prediction of efficacy for those

    combinations for which you have provided their component single-active results.

    The Combination-Drench Efficacy Calculator (MS Excel) (96 KB)

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    Additional Snippets….

    Subscribe to the ParaBoss Newsletetr to keep up to date on what is happening in your State with

    worm burdens and the latest information on drenches and drench resistance….

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    Disclaimer: The articles contained herein are individual views and ideas, not necessarily those of the BGBAA Board or members. Where any suggestions are made with respect to health issues, it is advised that you consult your

    veterinarian.

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December 2015 Newsletter Page 1 A Message from the Chairperson! Dear Members, Firstly Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our members, families, Goats and support staff such as dogs, alpacas and others. Hopefully the Aussie heat will not be too much for you all and the danger of fires stays far away from your homes. The Board held their final meeting for 2015 on Thursday 17 th Dec 2015. Minutes The Minutes of the previous meeting of the Board (Nov 19th 2015) will be loaded on the website shortly. Welcome The Board are pleased to welcome another new member this month from Qld. Newsletter Judith requires articles, stories, funnies, show results and photos for inclusion in the upcoming newsletter. Member contributions go along in making the newsletter informative and interesting. If there is a particular topic of interest that you would like included, please contact Judith: [email protected] Breeder workshops & Judging Schools In preparation for next years planning, I would encourage any members who wish to attend Training Days or Judging Schools to contact their State Branch Breed Development Portfolio holder or the Federal Board, so we can gauge where the majority of interest lies. People willing to host a Workshop or Judging School are always much needed and are invited to inform the Board of their willingness to be a host for future Schools. BGBAA Schools, Training Days, Workshops etc need to be approved by the Board and open to interested members. BOER GOAT BREEDERS ASSOCIATION OF AUSTRALIA NEWSLETTER DECEMBER 2015 Inside this Issue Chairperson’s Message P1 Newsletter Contacts P3 Treasurers Message P4 Show Results P6-19 BGBAA Advertising P20 Classifieds P20 BGBAA Shirts P21-22 Profitable Meat Goat Production P23-25 WormBoss article P26-27 Additional Snippets P28
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