National goat conference a great success

Delegates at the Teagasc National Goat Conference, which took place last week in Portlaoise heard how there has been a steady rise in interest in goat farming, driven by the increasing popularity of goat’s cheese and the public’s endless search for healthy food products.

This was the first conference of its kind since 2007 and provided an opportunity to the 130 people attending to hear from an impressive array of speakers from Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. The topics covered included; goat health and nutrition, kid rearing and the goat industry both in Ireland and abroad.

Cian Condon, Teagasc advisor said: “Goat farming is an important niche livestock enterprise in Ireland and the food products produced from the sector, help to enhance Ireland’s overall basket of food products. There is certainly scope for adding value to goat milk in the form of goat’s milk powder, infant formula and cheeses for export. This should be examined further by national bodies.

and co-ops as it is done in other countries such as New Zealand and Holland and would provide additional products in markets we have already developed.”