The kid cashing in on the goat market

West Wyalong's Rhiley Worner establishes booming goat herd

Rhiley Worner is running a very profitable goat herd. Photos: Brett Tindal

Rhiley Worner is running a very profitable goat herd. Photos: Brett Tindal


He may be only 10 but this West Wyalong boy is creating a booming business.


Every afternoon Noel Worner picks up his 10-year-old grandson, Rhiley, from school and heads to his West Wyalong property, Shannon Doan.

Until the sun sets, Rhiley is busy running his own goat herd.

He feeds poddy kids, musters the mob into yards every night and feeds them a hay ration.


"I just like the goats," he said.

"I feed them up, check them. They get canola hay and oat hay put in the yards at night when they are locked up."

What started out as a small venture between two cousins has now grown into a very profitable business with a recent mob of 64 goats sold to Victoria fetching just over $250/head.

"He musters them on the bike, he does most of it; I do very little," Noel added.

"He gets his mates to give him a hand to mark them."

Two years ago Noel encouraged Rhiley to secure 30 wild goats from around Ivanhoe, when they worth about $25 to $30 each.

Rhiley and his cousin Ruby began the venture before he eventually bought his cousin out and started introducing Boer genetics, especially those from the Manwaring family at Condobolin, and other does from the Dubbo sale.

Now he has some 120 odd does with third cross Boer kids dropping now.

Noel runs sheep and cattle on his property but is committed to helping the up and coming producer eventually run 200 to 250 does with fencing improvements.

As for how the profits are divided, Rhiley admitted he shared with his grandfather.

"It usually goes back into the goats," Noel said.

"He gets his share. The last cheque was $15,000 and he got half of that and then we bought some more."

The pair admitted the animals had become like their mates, particularly the poddies.

"They just follow him around and come up to him," Noel said.

"They are like kids, he plays with them."

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