Written by Héctor Mario Andrade Montemayor, IGA Regional Director for México, Central America and Caribbean
In May 2013, several activities were carried out related to various aspects of goat production in Mexico.
The first event carried out from May 16-19 was sweet goat milk sweet (Cajeta) and goat cheese fair held in Celaya, Guanajuato. The fair was attended by Juan Capote (President of IGA), Irma Celi (IGA country representative for Peru), Hector Andrade Montemayor (IGA Regional Director for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean), Juan Vicente Delgado Bermejo (Technical Director, Selection Program for Murciano-Granadian Goats in Spain), Javier Hernandez Pleguezuelos (Executive Secretary of the Association of Murciano-Granadino Goats [CAPRIGRAN] in Spain), Juan Manuel Micheo Puig (Executive Secretary of the Spanish Association of Malageña Goat Breeders in Spain), Sergio Alvarez (Researcher from the Canary Islands Institute of Agricultural Research), Felipe Torres Acosta (IGA Board Member and researcher from the Autonomous University of Yucatan in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico) and José Alberto Delgadillo (Researcher in goat reproduction from the Autonomous Agrarian University Antonio Narro in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico).
International goat symposium
There were twelve technical presentations in the areas of reproduction, gastrointestinal parasite control, genetic selection, nutrition, goat development in Peru, and one lecture about IGA and IGA programs in international development. After the inauguration, the fair began with the national meeting on breeds and goat products with representatives from national producers associations and technicians, national and state government representatives, and national and Latin-American producers (Guatemala and Cuba). The main purpose of this meeting was to discuss the national problems of goat producers, goat development projects and programs such as disease control, genetic selection, nutrition and reproduction, as well as government programs to support in-country development of the goat industry.
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.