Waitomo News : 03 June 2014 NKC Farmer
127 Rora Street, P.O. Box 412 Te Kuiti 3941 P 07 878 1011 F 07 878 6693 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.lbllaw.co.nz Areas of Practice • Asset Protection • Commercial Law • Commercial Leases • Company Law • Conveyancing • Employment Law • Estate Planning • E TS & Forestry • Relationship Property Law • Rural Law • Trust Law • Wills & Estate Administration • Wind Farming including Sale & Purchase of Businesses Rural, Residential & Subdivisions RURAL LAWYERS FOR RURAL CLIENTS lamb bain laubscher 24 Tuesday, June 3, 2014 NEW Zealand’s goat sector has taken a positive step towards a profitable, sus- tainable future following the conclusion of the inaugural NZGoats conference held in Queenstown recently. “For the first time, the event brought together three organisations representing the New Zealand goat fibre and goat meat sectors – Mohair New Zealand Inc, Meat Goat New Zealand and the New Zealand Boer Goat Breeders Association Inc,” says chairwoman of NZGoats Dawn Sangster. “The event marked the first conference of NZGoats, an organisation established by Mohair NZ and Meat Goat New Zea- land and operating under the Federated Farmers umbrella. “The objective is to add value by foster- ing the development of a reinvigorated and unified goat sector.” “VALUABLE” NZ Boer Goat Breeders Association chairman Geoff Muggeridge says: “The opportunity for farmers to visit both An- gora and Boer goat farms on the two field trips, together with the social interaction that the conference fostered was especially valuable ” The conference featured a number of high calibre industry speakers providing reports of practical use to goat farmers. “Presentations challenged those attend- ing to think critically about their industry and how they can work with others in the value chain to farm goats sustainably and profitably,” says chairman of Meat Goat NZ Doug Lineman. While the NZGoat industry is realistic that there are challenges to overcome, before a sustainable and profitable sector on equal footing with sheep and beef or dairy farming is realised, the conference was seen as an important first step. “Goat farming is very well placed to capitalise on environmental constraints likely to increas- ingly impact New Zealand’s wider pastoral farm- ing system,” says chairman of Mohair NZ John Woodward. “We believe the industry has a very bright future indeed.” ADDING VALUE: NZGoats chairwoman Dawn Sangster says the conference’s objective was to add value by foster- ing a reinvigorated and unified goat sector. PHOTOS SUPPLIED Goat organisations meet WELL PLACED: Mohair NZ chairman John Woodward says his organisation believes the goat industry has “a very bright future”.
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