Happy Easter 2013
It has been a very busy time here at Ausgoat over the last couple of months.
More and more producers are becoming Ausgoat Suppliers and we would like to send a BIG WELCOME to every one of them. We also now have more than 600 subscribers to our News Letter of which we are very proud.
After everyone enjoyed a nice break over the Christmas/New Year holidays it was back to business.
The beginning of the year saw goats coming in large numbers to our depots as the dry weather took its toll. Unfortunately, the export prices have remained depressed due to the high Australian dollar as well as the huge numbers of sheep flooding the goat markets with cheap mutton.
The recent scattered rain has provided some reprieve to the goat market, with abattoirs lifting rates by 20c/kg DWT (8c/kg LWT) as numbers have slowed down.
Hopefully we will continue to see regular rainfalls in order to keep the market steady.
For weekly updates on the market check out this link on the MLA website.
Most of our goats are sold for export to the American and Asian markets, but we also supply the Australian domestic meat market. Goat meat is still the most widely consumed meat in the world and Australia is the largest exporter of this tender, low fat and free range product from the Australian Bush. It is a traditional meat throughout many regions including the Middle East, South-East Asia, Americas and the Mediterranean.
The increasing diversity of Australia’s population and thereby also a wider diversity of our menus in restaurants as well as in Australian homes, means there is now a ready and appreciative market for goat meat here.
Recently Ausgoat’s Philip Lynn went to Sydney for his regular meetings with our butchers. Sydney has a variety of ethnic butchers from all walks of life and there is always interesting banter with them, as well as the opportunity to taste interesting dishes.
Our web-site will soon see a new additional page which will feature tasty and easy cooking recipes using goat meat. Many of us already enjoy this tasty meat and with the cooler season around the corner we are looking forward to bring you scrumptious and flavoursome dishes based on this beautiful meat.
Ausgoat has been very fortunate in securing a $15,000 grant from the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program.
The Federal and NSW Governments will provide $30 million to build more and better roadside facilities for the thousands of long distance truck drivers that use the State's highways every day.
16 grants of $12 mill were given to the NSW Government with the rest area at Mt Ousley near Sydney being the largest recipient.
15 grants of a total of $2.6 mill is to go to 14 local NSW councils with Dubbo City Council being the big winner of a $1.15 mill grant to upgrade roads and loading ramps at the Dubbo Regional Livestock Market. Many of our readers will over time benefit from this investment.
There were also grants made available to secure upgrades at the saleyards in Inverell and Carcoar.
Ausgoat will invest it’s grant as well as an additional $5,000 in establishing a motor driven multi-tier load-up ramp, better lighting and a truck wash facility at our Cobar Depot. More on this exciting project at a later stage.
And last but not least the girls in the Glen Innes Office have been busy planning the move of the office to our new premises. In a funny twist of events we are now moving back to the very same office where this part of Philip Lynn’s 20 years long career in goat’s started back in April 2006. The premises are undergoing a refurbishment and the move is expected to happen on April 5th.
For that reason the office will be closed all day on April 5th. We do however expect to be up and running at full speed again Monday the 8th at 8.30am.
As Easter is approaching we at Ausgoat would like to wish you and your families a Happy and Peaceful Easter.
Newsletter by Marianne la Cour –Ausgoat ©