The Japan Goat Network (JGN) was founded in 1999 by researchers and producers who value goats and their products. The founders started with reviewing the goat utilization and promoting its production in Japan saying, “goats save the world.” Goats were one of the very important proteins and socio-economic resources in Japan during the reconstruction period after WWII. They also played a great role to reduce poverty in the world.
Promoting goats with love.
The JGN promotes goats in Japan through sharing and exchanging information on goat management and production, goat milk and meat processing, product marketing, and other goat utilizations such as vegetation control, juvenile emotional education, and as companion animals among researchers, producers, and consumers as well as goat lovers.
624 individual and 21 organizational members (as of June 11, 2019).
Minoru Nagano (1999 - 2005)
Akio Imai (2005 - 2017)
Yoshitaka Nakanishi (2017 - present)
- Holding an annual meeting called “Japan Goat Summit.”
- Publishing a biannual journal named “Yagi no Tomo (friends of goats in Japanese).”
- Communicating with members through the website at http://japangoat.web.fc2.com
- Holding lectures and workshops for goat raising and utilization.
- Scientific committee hosts an annual meeting of the Japanese Society of Goat Science.
- International committee communicates and works together with international organizations and introduces global goat research findings that benefit goat production in Japan.
- Producers committee that assists goat producers is under construction.
To learn more, contact them at:
Japan Goat Network
Dr. Yoshiaki Hayashi (IGA Country Representative for Japan)
Laboratory of Plant and Animal Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Meijo University
4311-2, Hishigaike, Takaki-cho, Kasugai 486-0804, Japan