A couple from Cobar have rewritten the record books by paying the new top national price for a goat.
- A 79kg breeding buck has broken the national record paid for a goat in Australia
- The buck from Rangeland Reds at Goodooga sold for $21,000
- The new owners of the goat say the industry is maturing and has a bright future
Lot 17 “Marrakesh” from the Rangeland Red goat stud at Goodooga sold for $21,000 to a couple in Cobar.
Megan Mosley and her partner Andrew bought the 79-kilogram breeding buck and she said was “happy” to fork out the money.
“Goats have always been a part of our livestock mix and have been tremendously good to us over the years,” Ms Mosely said.
The Moselys run sheep, cattle, and goats, and have invested in exclusion fencing so they could isolate their herd from wild goats and work on genetics.
The $21,000 goat is already out with the does and the couple will be hoping to get plenty of bang for their buck.
“Go forth and multiply Marrakesh!!” Ms Mosely posted on Facebook.
Goats were once considered a pest but have developed into a profitable industry in western New South Wales with domestic and international demand.
Andrew Mosely has been in the goat industry for more than 20 years and said there has a very bright future ahead.
“When we were kids it was pocket money [selling goats] … they weren’t worth a lot,” he said.
“There are some pretty exciting things happening right now. I think if you want to buy those top animals you need to be prepared to pay for it.
Low maintenance and profitable
Even though the Moselys also run sheep and cattle, they say goats are of huge value to their business.
“The goats are certainly right up there with profitability,” he said.
“They’re very low maintenance without huge input costs and a high gross margin. They really suit the environment we’re in.”
For years they have run a semi-managed goat operation rather than harvesting wild goats and selling them straight to market.
“We’ve spent the last 20 years putting in total grazing pressure fencing which is around 90 per cent of the property now,” Mr Mosely said.
“We don’t run them intensely but they are in big paddocks and moved around from time to time, depending on feed availability.
Although goats are known to be a durable animal that can keep their condition during dry times, they are certain benefiting from the lush season.
“We can’t even see the goats at the moment, there’s feed everywhere,” he said.
“The nannies are having kids at eight, nine months old, so a really quick turn around too.”
Thomas Foods International has recently purchased the defunct goat abattoir at Bourke with plans to have it up and running by mid-2022.
“It’s great for the area, it’s great for the industry. We see a strong future either way for the goat job,” Mr Mosely said.