Farm Management

Feral goat management

Image Credit: Sarah Moriarty

Image Credit: Sarah Moriarty

In Australia, feral goats have been estimated to cause losses to livestock farming of $25 million per year, not including their impact on the environment or pasture degradation. Feral goats also negativley affect conservation values and biological diversity by damaging the vegetation and competing with native animals.

Feral goats are also a resource and commercial exploitation of feral goats is an industry worth about $29 million a year. Many pastoralists in Australia now consider the capture and sale of feral goats to be an essential part of their business. Local eradication is usually only possible on small islands and in some mainland pockets. In most areas, sustained management is requirednd the relation.

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