Going into Goats: A practical guide to producing goats in the rangelands

Selling options

What to do

The selling options available to rangeland goat producers are less sophisticated than those available to cattle and sheep producers; however, it is still important to know what your options are so you can maximise your return.

Unlike the cattle and sheep industries where agents are available to assist in identifying selling options and preparing livestock accordingly, very few agents operate in the goat industry. This does, however, allow for a more integrated supply chain.

How to do it

As there are relatively few agents operating in the goat industry, it is important that the goat producer establishes a network of buyers and stays up to date with selling options. Producers located near depots may choose to let the depot operator take care of the marketing side of the equation. In such a situation, it is important that the producer foster a good relationship with the depot operator to ensure that they are at the top of their list of people to call when an opportunity presents. The best way to do this is to deliver goats to the depot on time and to specification.

To a certain extent, the markets available to goat producers in the rangelands will depend on the type of goat being produced and the number of goats you are producing or have to market at a particular time.

Table 5.3 provides a summary of the likely markets for each type of rangeland goat enterprise. These are not exhaustive but provide an indication only.

Table 5.3: Markets for rangeland goat enterprise options

Enterprise Selling options
Pure wild harvest
  • Direct to depots or processors
  • Live export buyer
    • Usually slaughter stock
Harvest and hold - goat paddock/s
  • Carcase trade buyer, processor or depot operator
  • Usually slaughter stock
  • Usually sold into the commodity goatmeat export market
  • Some into the commodity goatmeat domestic market
  • Some into farmers or produce markets, local or specialist butchers
Low input goat breeding
  • Carcase trade buyer, processor or depot operator
  • Usually slaughter stock
  • Usually sold into the commodity goatmeat export market
  • Some into the commodity goatmeat domestic market
  • Some into farmers or produce markets, local or specialist butchers
High input goat breeding
  • Live export buyer
  • Usually breeding stock
  • Usually shipped by air
Depot
  • Live export buyer
  • Usually slaughter stock
  • Usually shipped by air
  • Carcase trade buyer, processor or depot operator
  • Usually slaughter stock
  • Usually sold into the commodity goatmeat export market