Goat meat could become part of Australian meal

Goat meat has been the poor cousin of Australia’s red meat sector but that could soon change. 

At the University of New England at Armidale in New South Wales, meat scientists have been testing goat meat eating quality and the results are promising. 

Research leader Jarrod Lees said samples of high-quality farmed goat meat were tested for tenderness and intramuscular fat. The university also paid the Armidale Lions Club to provide 60 volunteers to taste-test grilled, slow-cooked and roasted cuts.

“We’ve discovered Australian consumers are not entirely averse to goat meat,” Dr Lees said. “I think with some work at the animal level around nutrition and genetics, and some work at processing level around post-slaughter impacts on eating quality, we can have a really good quality goat meat product for the consumer.”

About 95% of Australian goat meat comes from the rangelands and is processed for export markets but the trade is highly seasonal and supply is volatile.

In the first quarter of this financial year, about 370 000 goats were processed, a 75% increase on the same period last year.

Source : https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-03-12/goat-meat-could-become-a-new-staple/100894866