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By LIZ COTTON
Business: Mizoulea Dairy Goats.
Owned and run by Leesa Lewis,
Property Size: 6 hectares, fenced
into 10 by ten, 24.3 metre square
Products: Stud bred goats for sale.
Goat milk, yoghurt, cheese and ice
cream made on-farm for private
History: Leesa’s father had cow
dairies but growing up, she was
allergic to cow’s milk. She moved to
a hobby farm at Cambrai, in the
Murray Mallee, and bought her
first dairy goat, a mohair named
G-Fer soon after.
From there, the herd expanded
and today she runs about 50
dairy goats, but has held up to
88 before the drought hit.
Breeds: Saanen, Australian Black,
Sable, British Alpine, Australian
Black Splash, Saanen Splash and
Toggenburg. Leesa is also working
on developing a new coloured
breed for Asian markets
who do not like black
or white goats
(depending on the location).
Feed: Goats will eat almost any-
thing. As a general rule, anything a
horse will eat a goat will eat, but
they are ‘browsers’ not ‘grazers’.
They thrive on roughage and eat
anything from hay to bark and
The climate and landscape around
Cambrai is perfect for goats, they do
not need endless lush pastures –
they are tough and resilient.
Costs: Setting up appropriate
fencing is the biggest outlay for a
goat herd. Gridlock fencing is best,
as goats are masters
of escape, but
Top stud buck Mizoulea Damus is ‘very clever, but cheeky’.
Peppertree Cottage Genna is a rare Australian Alpine, one of only 20 on the
Australian Association for Dairy Goats register.
Leesa Lewis says goats thrive on roughage and eat anything from hay to bark and weeds.
THE dairy goat industry in Australia may be small, but it has withstood the tough
times of drought and flooding rains and is slowly rebuilding. Leesa Lewis, Cambrai, is
building up her herd of dairy goats for sale as stud stock and for the healthy,
delicious milk they yield. LIZ COTTON reports
all. Electric fencing is not recom-
mended as goats move into the
shock, rather than jumping away
from it. This can cause trauma and
in some cases, heart-attacks in goats.
A two-stand milking shed can cost
up to $40,000 but Leesa does all her
milking by hand, with the help of a
few additional freezers and fridges.
On the stud side, Leesa would like to
utilise frozen semen technology but
at this stage, the costs are prohibi-
tive. In the United States, almost
every stud has their own freezer, but
the limited number of breeders in
Australia does not warrant the
Turnover: Goats sell for between
$250 and $600 each, depending on
age, sex and breed. Leesa gets regu-
lar interstate orders and has also sold
goats to Taiwan and Indonesia.
There is demand from Asian markets
for goat milk, meat and wool.
Including transport costs, these mar-
kets pay up to $1000 per animal.
Marketing/advice: Industry organ-
isations such as The Australian Boer
Goat Association and The Australian
Association for Dairy Goats assist
with marketing studs and stud goats.
Leesa is also in the process of
launching livestock registries for
goats, horses and cats. This move,
she hopes, will counter the hike in
feed charged by some national bod-
ies and provide a place for existing
and would-be breeders.
Value-adding: Leesa believes that
it is difficult to taste the difference
between well-bred goat’s milk and
cow’s milk. Goats can produce up to
12 litres of milk a day and milk can
be consumed as is, or processed for
ice cream and soft cheeses. Goat
meat is also in demand for restau-
rants – particularly Nepalese cuisine,
with T&R Pastoral abattoirs now
processing the meat. There is also
the opportunity on long-haired
breeds to clip their wool for premi-
um markets. Most long-haired
breeds are clipped twice a year.
• Need to know more?
Leesa Lewis, www.mizoulea.net or
◗ Always purchase more than one
goat to begin with.
◗ Purchase from a reputable stud
and ensure the goat is 100%
healthy, clear eyed and alert,
vaccinated, wormed and treated
for any external parasites.
◗ Where possible, blood test for CAE
◗ Feet should be regularly trimmed
or lameness can ensue.
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