Low tariffs for imported milk and high feed prices due to drought are crippling the dairy industry in the country. This emerged from a workshop held in the Northern Cape to assist local goat milk producers to survive the industry challenges. Dairy producers in the province are also finding it difficult to access the market due to the vastness of the area.
Donald Mouton of SA Milch Goat Society says: “There’s a lot of importation for milk from other countries as well as cheese that is dumped at our markets at similar prices. And the consumers would rather in many cases buy imported milk products better than our products. To make profit is all about management, it’s about managing what you milk, getting the right breed and selecting for your circumstances.” Thursday’s workshop focused on goat milk production which is lagging behind in the country.
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