Company unveils multimillion-dollar plan to farm 14,000 goats near Lara

The proposed goat farm would house up to 14,000 female goats.

A GEELONG company has unveiled a multimillion-dollar plan to build a goat farm and milk powder production plant at two sites near Lara.

Nuchev Pty Ltd aims to begin construction in December, and be operational by July next year.

The company wants to build a goat farm on the Geelong-Ballan Rd at Moorabool that would house up to 14,000 female goats.

When in full production the 40-hectare site, about 13km southwest of the Lara township, would reap more than 32,000 litres per day

A planning application, lodged by Spiire on behalf of Nuchev, details the farm’s economic impact and the dozens of jobs it would create.

“An estimated 30 fulltime equivalent staff will be present for administration, animal health and feeding activities,” a report reads.

The milk would be transported to a nearby milk production plant on Forest Rd.

The processing facility would run around the clock, creating milk powder products for export and local markets.

“There is an increased demand worldwide for goat’s milk and milk products, particularly dried goat milk powder, as a more healthy and digestible alternative to cow’s milk,” the report reads.

The plant, proposed for a green fields site within hundreds of metres of homes, would also host a smaller goat farm.

That would be used for breeding and rearing the animals.

Nuchev, based in Belmont, is a newly listed company in Australia.

Its founder and CEO, Ben Dingle, has significant experience in the New Zealand dairy industry, being the driving force in the $400 million New Zealand Synlait Group.

The company believes its goat farm and milking facility will be unique to Australia, having brought in best practice industry techniques from Europe and New Zealand.