The International Goat Association is sad to announce the passing of Dr. Christian Gall (July 1, 1927 to January 10, 2019).
Dr. Gall played a huge role in the formation and growth of IGA. He was a member of the first Board of Directors, which played an essential part in establishing IGA as an international entity and in its development and success. The first Board of Directors consisted of many luminaries of the goat world, Jean G. Boyazoglu (Greece/South Africa), C. Devendra (Malaysia), Christian Gall (Germany), George F. W. Haenlein (USA), Peter Holst (Australia), Pierre Morand-Fehr (France), Maurice Shelton (USA) and Clair E. Terrill (USA).
Dr. Gall was also a professor of Animal Management and Animal Breeding in the Tropics and Subtropics at the University of Hohenheim from 1982 until 1998. He was devoted to scientific research, including the analysis of animal production systems and populations of domestic animals in developing countries in the tropics and subtropics. He was also engaged in academic management, and among other positions, was Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at the University of Hohenheim from 1987 to 1989.
Even after his retirement, Dr. Gall remained active in IGA, serving on our Advisory Board.
Professor Gall was held in high esteem by his colleagues because of his broad academic knowledge and comprehensive experience. We are saddened by his death.
Thoughts from Dr. C. Devendra
I was saddened by the sudden demise of Prof. Gall. He was a perfect gentleman, soft-spoken and thorough.
As an animal geneticist, he was highly respected for his contributions not only in Europe but elsewhere. He was also very interested in animal production in the tropics and the developing countries. This was reflected in his leadership and management contributions to a large FAO project on Goats in Monterey, Mexico, which I believe was successful.
I was pleased to meet him in Tours, France during the First International Conference on Goats in 1971. Professor Gall was a founder of IGA. In the course of continuing discussions during a field trip by bus, I suggested to him that it will be important to form an Association for Goats as a start to address their neglect. He was fully supportive.
Professor Gall wrote the book Goat Production published by Academic Press in 1981. I was pleased to be invited to write two chapters in that book. In later years and more recently, he took to studying the adaptation and performance of pure Holstein cattle and their grades in tropical countries, in which context he wanted some experiences from Asia. We have lost a good friend and a dedicated scientist.
May his soul rest in peace.
With kind regards,
Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems
Call for Abstracts for the Third Global Nutrition Symposium
Extending Our Reach:
Linking research to extension to improve
livestock productivity, human nutrition and incomes
Kathmandu, Nepal -- April 25-26, 2019
The Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems at the University of Florida is hosting the Third Global Nutrition Symposium in Kathmandu, Nepal on April 25 and 26, 2019. This year’s theme is Extending Our Reach: Linking research to extension to improve livestock productivity, human nutrition and incomes. This Symposium will bring together ministers of agriculture and livestock production, livestock and nutrition researchers, top university administrators, extensionists, and policy-makers globally to discuss and develop actionable strategies to bridge the research and extension gap and to demonstrate how the production and consumption of nutritious animal-source foods (ASF) can result in improved nutrition, health, incomes, and livelihoods especially for vulnerable women and children. The Symposium will highlight the pathways for connecting research to extension and other advisory services in different countries to foster greater research delivery and diffusion through extension services in developing countries.
The organizing committee is pleased to release the Symposium’s call for poster abstracts. The poster session will serve an important function as it introduces the Symposium participants to a wide range of experiences particularly nutrition-sensitive livestock systems research and extension activities.
Submission of Poster Abstracts
Call for abstracts release date
January 7, 2019
Abstract submission deadline
January 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time)
Notification of acceptance
February 15, 2019
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
POSTER PRESENTATION INFORMATION
APPROACH PAPER FOR VISION 2030
Increasing Focus on the Goat Sector
In stark contrast to the goat rearers belonging to the poorest communities, goat meat consumption is largely by the richest segments of the population. Goat is the most preferred meat priced at INR 450/kg as compared with poultry and beef at INR 180/kg. As per NSSO 2013 6.4% of rural Indians eat mutton, 21.7% eat chicken, 26.5% consume fish, while 29.2% eat eggs.In urban India, about 10% consume goat meat, 21% and, 27% population consuming fish and chicken respectively, and a huge 37.6%, of the urban population, eating eggs. With increasing incomes, health consciousness leading to higher consumption of livestock products, future growth rate of meat consumption ranging between 3-7% based on different estimates. Consumer preference for high value processed goat and milk product is increasing in India and globally, with potential premium for high quality products.
The information contained in this manual describes the important aspects of dairy goat production in Trinidad and Tobago. Its purpose is to help you and other farmers improve your production. The manual assumes that you are interested in dairy goat production, but it does not assume that you know anything about rearing them. This manual provides you with some basic knowledge and technologies about various aspects of dairy goat production including but not limited to: choosing good goats, nutrition, feeding, breeding, grooming, disease control and treatment. There is a chapter which gives an example of proper record keeping tables and even includes a herd projection table for a twenty-doe unit.
Zimbabwe – Goat Farming as a Business: a farmer’s manual to successful goat production and marketing
Compiled by the Department of Agricultural Research and Extension,
Matopos Research Station
Represented by J.L.N. Sikosana & T.S. Senda
For the Department of Livestock Production and Development
Supported by: SNV–Netherlands Development Organization
There are more than 3.5 million goats in Zimbabwe, of which 98 percent are indigenous breeds and owned by the smallholder farmers. Most of them are kept in the drier agro-ecological zones in Natural Ecological Regions IV and V and in tse-tse infested areas. Natural Region IV has a low rainfall subject to periodic droughts and extended dry spells. Overall, the importance of goats increases as the rainfall decreases. Goats are hardy and easier animals to look after, which can survive under harsh environments.
Findings from a participatory evaluation exercise within the climate-smart villages of Ghana
Samuel Tetteh Partey, Franklin Avornyo, Mathieu Ouédraogo, Robert Zougmoré
Livestock production employs over 60% of rural households in the three northern regions of Ghana, making investment in this industry critical for alleviating poverty and enhancing food security. Among other factors, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture reports access to sustainable feed supply as one of the livestock industry’s key constraints. As most livestock are kept on a free-range system, forage of fair nutritive value is normally scarce in the dry season due to recurrent droughts, continuous over-grazing and lack of range improvement interventions. Often, palatable and productive perennial grasses, legumes and herbs become replaced with unpalatable, low quality annual species, with a concomitant loss of soil fertility. The nutritive value of available pasture species is therefore often poor with low levels of crude protein. The predominant small scale, subsistence livestock producers are also challenged with the financial resources to afford a continuous supplementation of concentrate feeds to their animals. Recent research has been directed to using tree leaves as fodder for livestock due to many advantages such as supply of good quality green fodder even in the dry season as well as high crude protein and minerals contents.
Recommendations from innovation platform discussions in Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh
In 2015, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched a scoping project for “Public Private Producer Partnerships (PPPPs) in small ruminant value chain development in India” with a view to build a solid understanding among goat industry stakeholders (public and private) on the profitability, competitiveness, and importance of investing in the goat sector as a mean to enhance the livelihoods of and business opportunities for poor farmers in the rural areas of Bihar, Odisha and Uttar Pradesh.
Contributing to this scoping project, the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) established a participatory process of constructive engagement of all relevant stakeholders in the sector through the Innovation Platform (IP) approach1. ILRI organized and facilitated two rounds of IP meetings in the three states. In these meetings more than 250 participants with different backgrounds and interests (farmers, producer organizations, private and public service providers, market agents, processors, regulatory agencies, development organizations, finance institutions, research institutes and policy makers) came together to jointly diagnose problems, identify opportunities and find ways to achieve their goals.
The first round of discussions were very broad and general in which participants identified constraints and suggested broad areas for improvement (Table 1). In the second round, discussions were more specific to help develop business cases for goat production, buck production, last mile service delivery, fodder production and small scale processing.
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.