It may be in a new location, but goat producers will have the opportunity to showcase their breeds and connect with the public when Goatfest returns in 2021.
The committee decided in late November that they would be able to hold the event next year after the easing of some coronavirus restrictions in Tasmania.
Tasmanian branch of the Goat Association of Australia president Steven Baldock said they had held off from cancelling for as long as they could in the hope the government would lift the restrictions in time.
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"We did toy with the idea of cancelling it, but we wanted to see if we could make it work," he said.
Goatfest has been held in Launceston for the past few years at the equestrian pavilion at Inveresk. The plans forced the committee to find a new location.
City of Launceston council leased the area to the University of Tasmania to develop its car park that will service its new Inveresk campus and UTAS stadium.
"We wanted to keep it in Northern Tasmania because it's quite central, the producers from the North-West can come along and it's a bit longer for the southern producers but still central to all of Tasmania," he said.
Mr Baldock said Goatfest was a fundraiser and all money was funnelled back into Tasmania's breed societies to help with promotion and awareness activities.
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"The goat industry in Tasmania is quite small, but it is growing," he said.
Goatfest can attract up to 1500 people, which it has done in previous years pre-COVID, but Mr Baldock said COVID-safe plans would be in place to make things safe.
He said Goatfest was popular with families and he hoped parents would bring their kids along to the event.
"A lot of the goats that will be there have been hand-reared, so they love attention, they love a pat and a scratch," he said.
"So that's appealing to kids and adults."
Goat milk has smaller fat globules than cow's milk and is often more easily digestible for people who have trouble with cow's milk or another alternative.
Mr Baldock said something that most people might now know about goat's milk is if you make butter from it, it's white, not yellow, but it tastes the same as cow's butter. He said the event aimed to promote awareness for goat ownership in Tasmania. The funds from the previous year's event and this one will help the society to host a stall at Agfest next year.
- Goatfest 2021 will be held at the Longford Showgrounds on January 31, from 10am.