The Rangeland goat is a meat breed, native to Australia and one of the world’s most popular goat meat breeds.
Rangeland goats is actually a common term for feral goat populations in Australia and they account for 90% of the country’s goats. Estimated Rangeland goat populations vary from 4 to 6 million in total, making it one of the world’s most abundant breeds!
The Australian goat meat markets have become increasingly popular in recent years and they now produce an average of 31,000 tonnes of meat each year, with approximately 28,000 tonnes produced for export!
The recent increased exports has led to many producers sourcing their stock from the feral, Rangeland populations in the country. Today, the vast majority of all goats culled in Australia are ones captured from these herds or one’s managed in semi-feral manner by these producers.
Picture below - Goat Industry Council of Australia
Uses and Characteristics -
A very large and tall breed, Rangeland goats (due to their wild background) are also a very hardy and strong breed.
In fact, they can thrive in dry, arid areas, such as their native lands and require less care than other breeds. They can also cope very well with extreme temperature changes. Rangeland goats, again due to their feral nature, are excellent foragers and thrive when allowed to roam for their food.
A very beautiful looking goat breed, Rangeland goats come in a variety of colours such as black, brown, white or a combination of many colours. Rangelands have horns, which are small in size, with medium-sized, hanging ears. Their hair is usually short.
Famed for their breeding abilities, Rangeland goats can reproduce easily in warm, dry conditions and can easily maintain their fertility. In fact, Rangeland goats can thrive in almost any type of environment. The breed has become very popular for crossbreeding with other meat breeds such as the Boer goat and they show hybrid vigor when crossed.
Recent selective breeding practices by Australian goat producers have led to improvements in the overall quality of the breed, with improved carcass weights and efficiency. The breed needs little to no maintenance, not even requiring shearing.
One of Australia’s AND the world’s most popular goat breeds, with populations now in the millions, the feral Rangeland goat.
Main Picture - Australian Butchers' Guild