The Latvian Goat Society (Latvijas Kazkopības Biedrība) was established in 2006. Our aim is to make goat breeding more popular in Latvia, to unite goat breeders as well as offer a wider variety of goat breeds for Latvian breeders. Our main tasks include providing services of pedigree and popularizing goat breeding in Latvia and around the world.
The LGS works on two pedigree programs:
Our society provides the breeders with all the necessary information, offers consultations on different topics like goat breeding, feeding, pedigree etc. The Latvian Goat Society evaluates goats and gives a certificate of ancestry. It also certifies male goats which are found as good examples for continuing the breed. In order to improve the productivity of goats’ milk and meat, our society has established grounds of cooperation with other EU countries. We have a practice of buying breeder goats from Germany, Holland, the UK and the sperm of Saanen goats and Alpine goats.
There are about 14,000 goats in Latvia which are held mostly in biological farms. Around 70% are Latvian local goats which are selected specifically for Latvia and its weather. Latvian goats are productive (milk yield averages 400-500 liters a year), durable and comparatively modest. They also produce milk with a high level of fat (4.2%) and proteins (3.1%). There are several other breeds in Latvia, e.g. Saanens from France and Holland are the second most popular breed in Latvia (about 20%), Alpine goats (3%), Boers (2%), and Anglo Nubians (British and German) (1%).
Mostly goats are used for milk. There are three small milk processing companies in Latvia. They use milk for producing fresh cheese and medium-hard cheese. These products are sold in the local market. Meat processing is developing.
There is a project this year which will test goat DNA for diseases such scrapie and Caprine arthritis encephalitis virus (CAEV). We have plans to create a recovery program for ill animals after the tests and results are known.
We are currently organizing an association website. It will be ready in April. I will inform you individually.
Head of the Latvijas Kazkopības Biedrība
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