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The goat sector continues to slaughter young goats

The goat sector continues to slaughter young goats

The goat sector wants to raise all goats up to 10 kilograms in weight by 2025, making their meat fit for human consumption. To this end, the Melktenheoderig platform has developed a sectoral plan for goats.

In recent weeks, this plan has been presented to goat keepers, including on a Tuesday in Orchot, Brabant. The aim of this plan is to preserve and raise all goats with good care until they are fit for human consumption.

And that’s essential, says board member Nils van Middelkoop of LTO’s Goat Breeding Division, who is behind the podium with the Dutch Dairy Organization (NGZO). “Dairy collectors and collectors receive questions from their customers about the approach to goats, while there is generally a great deal of interest in the care of small animals, such as goat lambs.”

enough demand

Van Middelkoop notes that there is enough demand for the meat of these goats in Europe, he says. However, due to the seasonal flame pattern, they are served only in a certain period: “As a result, part of the meat must be frozen, which is less convenient for pricing.”

With the plan, KwaliGeit’s quality program will gradually run towards 100 percent over the next three years. That means we will reach 25 percent in 2023, the next year that will go up to 50 percent and eventually by 2025 we will raise 100 percent of goats to minimum fitness for human consumption. It should be as accessible to everyone as possible, as NGZO’s Henry Fogd predicts.

Goatstop

It is true that it is difficult for some entrepreneurs to achieve goals. As a result of goat downtime, not every goat farmer is allowed to build or use an empty stable. The province of Nord-Brabant in particular is strict and does not provide goat farmers with any space to achieve adequate and suitable housing for raising goat lambs.

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The frustration with this is very noticeable in Oershot. “We would like to raise our goats and contribute to the best care, but then that has to be possible. We also have to be able to provide the space and a place where we can raise our goats under ideal conditions. Otherwise it wouldn’t be possible” .

hot line

NGZO President Nico Verduin endorses this. We are talking with governments to make room for that. Sometimes it works, but in North Brabant there is still a lot of work to be done. In order to better draw these problems to the attention of counties, the Milk Goat Farming Platform has created a reporting point where entrepreneurs can report government obstacles to raising lambs.

Fogd: By showcasing the bottlenecks around the care of lambs for the government, we hope to create space. After all, the approach to the slaughter of the young and the care of the young animal is also important. Then this should also be possible in practice.