The AgriFutures Goat Fibre Program is focused on providing new information to mohair and cashmere producers in the areas of animal health and welfare, economic resilience, environmental stewardship, work health and safety and compliance in the management system.
Consumers of goat fibre products are increasingly interested in the origin of the products and the methods employed to produce goat fibre. They are seeking assurance that fibre is produced in a sustainable manner.
Future RD&E priorities include a focus on enabling producers to meet best practice through extension and training, encourage industry engagement, and research to understand competitive advantages of fibre from different breeds to jointly lift the demand for Australian goat fibres.
Goats farmed for fibre in Australia are derived from recently imported purebred stock (Angoras) and stock introduced by the First Fleet and derived from feral animals (Cashmeres).
The Australian cashmere industry was established in the 1970s and after years of selective breeding, the Australian Cashmere Goat has evolved into a distinctive breed of goat, far removed from its bush goat origins. Cashmere is one of the finest commercial animal fibres. It is soft, warm, light and luxurious, and used to make some of the most expensive garments in the world.
Mohair is produced from Angora goats. The finest mohair is used in high-end fashions and furnishings. The majority of Australian mohair produced is sold directly into international markets.
The AgriFutures Goat Fibre Program is funded by the statutory goat fibre levy of 1.5 per cent of the sale value of the goat fibre which is paid by industry participants. AgriFutures Australia also receives matching funding from the Australian Government.
AgriFutures Australia receives the research and development (R&D) levy allocation to invest in line with the industry objectives of the Program’s Strategic RD&E Plan. The Levy is collected and distributed via the Department of Agriculture. For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture Water and the Environment website.
AgriFutures Australia also receives Commonwealth matching funding based on 0.5% of the aggregate GVP of all AgriFutures Australia’s levied industries (Arena 3) or half of AgriFutures Australia’s eligible expenditure – whichever is the lesser. This includes expenditure in non-levied industries Arenas 1, 2 and 4 irrespective of their funding source.
AgriFutures Australia’s Board allocates the Commonwealth matching funding to each levied industry program. The respective programs will receive 50c per dollar of eligible expenditure (subject to availability of Commonwealth matching funding).
The total program budget comprises of the R&D levy allocation, Commonwealth matching funding (allocated by the AgriFutures Australia Board) and third party contributions (where appropriate).
General Manager, Research