Here is an excellent report about the future of pastoralism, which was an important topic of discussion at the ICG XII in Antalya, during the very popular Agro-Sylvo-Pastoralism Workshop. Although globally, pastoralism is not limited to small ruminants, in nearly every ecological niche, goats and sheep are an important part of pastoralist livelihoods.
The First Edition of the Dairy Goat Production Handbook from Langston University has been published and is now available. The breadth and depth of topics and information included in this book will serve all dairy goat producers from those persons who raise and milk only a few does in their backyard to producers operating a large commercial dairy. Upon perusing the book, the reader will see that experts in all areas of production were invited to author chapters. Excellent pictures and charts accompany the narrative of each chapter. Production of safe, wholesome dairy goat milk and milk products is the aim of all dairy goat producers. The editors and authors hope that this handbook serves to assist in fulfilling that aim.
We need your help.
The IGA continually works to improve what we do and how we do it. Our vision is to be a global network of people and organizations linking goat research, production, processing and market development by sharing information, experience, and best practices. We advocate for socially just, environmentally sound and economically viable goat production, and promote regional activities with a global perspective.
We have created a very brief, 6 question survey and we need your feedback. We would like to know what you like about IGA and how we can improve. Please visit: http://www.iga-goatworld.com/survey.html
Thank you in advance for your participation. The IGA Board of Directors is planning to meet in mid-February and will discuss the results of this survey. We are sure that 2017 will be a great year for IGA with your help.
Best wishes for the New Year,
Beth A. Miller
Written by Dr. Christopher Lu
This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Environmental Science. Please check back later for the full article.
Dairy has intertwined with human society since the beginning of civilization. It evolves from the arts in ancient societies to science in the modern world. Its roles in nutrition and health are underscored by the continuous increase in global consumption. Milk production increased by almost 50%, just in the past quarter century alone. Population growth, income rise, nutritional awareness, and science and technology advancement have contributed to a continuous trend of increased milk production and consumption globally.
The International Goat Association promotes goat research and development for the benefit of humankind, to alleviate poverty, to promote prosperity and to improve the quality of life.