Applications open for new goat industry advisory group

Goatmeat producers with an interest in guiding investment in research, development and extension to help boost the industry’s productivity and profitability are being encouraged to apply to become part of a new advisory group.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) is seeking an independent chair as well as committee members for the newly created Goat Industry Research, Development and Adoption Committee (GIRDAC).

The committee, established by MLA, will take on an advisory role and provide recommendations on research and development (R&D) and extension and adoption (E&A) initiatives and investments for the Australian goatmeat and livestock industry.

GIRDAC will operate independently of the Goat Industry Council of Australia (GICA) as an MLA appointed and funded committee.

MLA Goat Industry Project Manager, Julie Petty, said a total of seven positions including the independent chair are available.

“The committee roles require a deep understanding of differing commercial goat production systems and the RD&E issues facing producers,” Ms Petty said.

“It will comprise commercial goat producers with value chain and subject matter experts recruited as required.

“It will convene in-person, twice a year to review R&D and E&A funding proposals, progress of existing projects and results of those concluding. This committee process delivers independence, quality, objectivity and transparency to project review and selection by MLA.”

Expressions of interest (EOI) for both the independent chair and committee positions should be submitted to MLA addressing the selection criteria. EOIs should not exceed four pages, and be submitted electronically to Julie Petty jpetty@mla.com.au by 5pm (AEDT) on 2 December 2018.

Source: MLA

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