GAME ON: HOW NSW TAFE DIGITAL COURSE IS SUPPORTING THE BOOMING WILD GAME MEAT INDUSTRY
12 July 2021
Industry leaders have credited TAFE NSW with helping protect jobs and export revenue by running a unique course that aims to give wild game harvesters the skills and knowledge to keep the industry afloat.
The Statement of Attainment in Game Harvester, offered through TAFE Digital, allows professional shooters from across Australia to gain accreditation to harvest wild game, a rapidly growing export and domestic market.
TAFE Digital is one of only a handful of training organisations nationwide, and the only one in NSW, to offer the course.
Owner of Lismore-based Fair Game Wild Venison, Jonas Widjaja, welcome the TAFE Digital course, saying it played an important role in supporting the nascent industry.
“Game meat harvesters who are qualified to go out in the field and harvest for human consumption play an incredibly important role on many levels," he said.
“Wild deer are pests to the environment and a cost to landholders. Harvesters help reduce that and
support a growing industry.
“People are starting to understand that meat which comes from wild animals ticks boxes when it comes to animal welfare, live transport, ethical dispatch and being chemical-free.”
Kangaroos, wild boars and venison are the mainstays of the industry, sold on the domestic and export market for both pet meat and human consumption.
One of many to complete the course is veteran shooter Michael Anderson, who has been running a wild game harvesting business in country Victoria for more than 25 years.
Mr Anderson said despite his extensive experience, the TAFE Digital course ensured he remained industry .