Australia is the largest exporter of goat meat worldwide, exporting roughly 36% of the global supply. In 2020, Australian goat meat exports were valued at $145 million. Australia produced approximately 15,500 tonnes of goat meat, with 95% of it shipped offshore.
Why Does Australia Export Goats?
Australian goats are some of the highest quality globally, and they provide many advantages for the international market. Australian goats are the product of a clean pristine sea-locked continent which is free from many diseases. Our goats are a source of top-quality genetics, bred to thrive in a range of farming conditions. In addition, Australian goats are the product of strict government health policies and protocols to protect against disease. As a result, Australian goats make for a cost-effective meat production resource safe for breeding and consumption.
Goat meat is becoming more popular in many countries, especially those with Indian, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern ethnic origins. Malaysia is the main importer of live goats, accounting for 41% of all live exports.
The countries with the highest levels of goat meat per capita consumption in 2019 were Nepal (2.47 kg per person), Myanmar (1.89 kg per person) and Pakistan (1.72 kg per person).
The two main meat goat breeds are the Boer and Rangeland, while there are many types of dairy goats.
The Boer is a breed of goat that has been specifically bred for meat and is a versatile breed able to thrive in a range of farming conditions. Recognised by their white bodies and distinctive brown heads. They are well suited to meat production and crossbreeding.
The Rangeland is a composite breed that has become naturalised throughout Australia's rangelands. Rangelands goats have renowned traits of being low maintenance, hardy animals that can thrive in low rainfall zones and maintain high fertility in dry conditions.
Australia produces several breeds of dairy goats renowned for their high production and quality breeding. These breeds include the Saanen, the Toggenburg, the British Alpine, the Anglo Nubian, the Australian Melaan, the Australian Brown, the Nigerian Dwarf, the LaMancha, and the Alpine.
Air transport is an integral mode of transport for the safe export of Australian goats due to short transit times. From 2016 to 2018, all goats, alpacas, camels, and deer exported from Australia were exported by air. It is a necessary part of the export industry as a method for exporting high-value livestock, particularly breeding livestock and smaller consignments.
If you are interested in exporting live goats or their products such as meat, fibre or reproductive embryos or semen, Stockair can assist you to deliver your valued commodities in a safe and compliant manner across the globe.
Stockair has developed its own special range of custom-built livestock "air-crates". These crates provide exceptional ventilation, appropriate strength for the type of animal being transported and an ability to be customised to suit the individual client's needs. All air-crates are fitted with livestock mats. These mats are used for moisture retention, ammonia absorption and aircraft protection. We supply air crates to all major Australian and New Zealand airports, ensuring your animals are transported in a quality, safe and compliant crate.
Stockair has the capability, know-how, experience and is well-equipped to deliver any live animal globally safely. Whether it's a single animal to a large herd, we can help. We have become one of the largest global livestock logistic companies thanks to our discipline, diligence, and years of experience. In 2018 alone, Stockair delivered over 34,000 head of livestock globally. This included over 85% of Australia's cattle and alpaca exports by air and over 13,000 goats.