Message from the Guest Editors
The Peste des Petits Ruminants (PPR) Global Control and Eradication Strategy was established in 2015 with the aim of global PPR freedom by 2030. Over the last 5 years, several activities were implemented at all levels. This Special Issue on PPR will consider all activities undertaken including research toward the vision of a PPR-free world by 2030.
Dr. Felix Njeumi
Prof. Dr. Paula Menzies
Written by Stela Zamfirescu, IGA CR for Romania, and Honorary President of National Association of Goats Caprirom
Mr. Neculai Doileț, a prominent member of the National Association of Goats in Romania, and for many years a member of IGA, passed away at the age of 77, succumbing to a disease with which he struggled in recent years.
For 15 years, he was the vice-president of the Caprirom association, and he always supported the actions taken by it for the development of the goat sector in Romania. He was a great lover of goats, had a goat farm, and built a small goat’s milk processing factory, from which he delivered fresh milk, cheese, and yogurt to the population of his town.
Neculai participated in both international and regional IGA conferences, including IGA conferences in Bella-Italy (2007), Queretaro-Mexico (2008), Recife-Brazil (2010), Tenerife-Spain (2012), and in the IGA regional conferences organized by ANCC Caprirom de in Constanta (2004, 2006) and Oradea (2014). He was a cheerful and friendly man, so he made many friends worldwide and among the members of the IGA boards, with whom he kept in touch until the end of his days.
There was practically no major event in Romania or around the world involving goats in which he did not participate, specialized fairs, seminars, conferences, or congresses of goat breeders. At the world competition of goat’s milk cheeses Fromagora-Italy (2007), he obtained 3rd place in the category of fresh cheeses obtained from unpasteurized milk.
With the disappearance of Neculai, I lost a dear friend and a great supporter of goat breeding. May God rest him in peace.
from Maryland Extension Small Ruminant Program
Last spring, it was reported that ivermectin had efficacy (in a laboratory setting) against the coronavirus that causes Covid 19. Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic drug for animals. Ivomec® drench is FDA-approved for use in sheep. Ivermectin also has approved uses for humans.
After the announcement, some people started using ivermectin to self-medicate. In some countries, a “black market” emerged for ivermectin. In the US, ivermectin started disappearing from the shelves of farm stores.
Many health officials oppose the use of ivermectin to treat Covid. Others advocate for its use and have used it to treat Covid patients. The appeal of ivermectin is that it is widely available and cheap. It is also usually well tolerated.
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