Meningie producer John Falkenhagen has been elected as the new Goat Industry Council of Australia president.
Taking over from outgoing president, western New South Wales representative Rick Gates, Mr Falkenhagen is a member of Livestock SA and will represent the Dairy Goat Society of Australia on the GICA board.
Livestock SA chief executive officer Andrew Curtis said it was wonderful to see GICA recognising the good leadership of SA producers.
“I would like to acknowledge the work that outgoing president Rick Gates has done in working to modernise the council,” he said.
“I look forward to seeing the new and passionate direction that John will bring to the organisation in his new role.
Peake goat producer Peter Lauterbach has also been appointed as treasurer.
“I’m also pleased to see that Peter has been appointed to continue as the GICA treasurer,” Mr Curtis said.
“It is wonderful to see such strong SA representation as executive members on this national council,” he said.
Mr Falkenhagen and his wife Bec run a dairy goat enterprise, Idealview, with 950 registered dairy goats, milking about 500 does.
Mr Lauterbach runs a mixed farming operation with his wife Renate.
Goats were introduced to the farm 25 years ago and Peter ran a herd of 160 breeding does mated to Boer bucks.
Mr Lauterbach has been involved in goat industry committees including the Australian Cashmere Growers Association SA region and the former SA Farmers Federation goat and livestock committees.