Joint Seminar of the FAO CIHEAM Networks on Pasture and Forage Crops and on Sheep and Goat Nutrition, Sicily, Italy
Alternative feed resources and their management for transiting towards a sustainable ruminant production
September 27-29, 2022 - Catania, Sicily, Italy
Boosting the contribution of livestock and forage productions to sustainable agri food systems
The Mediterranean basin is highly affected by climate change, while certain countries still need to increase livestock production in order to achieve food self-sufficiency. Producing « better » is an urgent issue.
In this respect, ruminants have an asset: they can be fed on plants, plant parts and agro-industrial by products which are not directly recoverable for humans.
The Mediterranean landscapes are composed of an agro-silvo-pastoral mosaic, which offers opportunities for interactions between livestock production, agriculture and natural areas. Mediterranean grasslands are an important source of forage; cultivated forage, possibly associated to perennial or annual crops, provides high-quality feed for periods of high nutrient requirements; agro-industry produces a variety of typical by-products which may be included in ruminant diets.
This joint seminar of the «Ruminant nutrition» and «Mediterranean pastures and forage crops» sub-networks aims at exploring the various opportunities in terms of novel or underexploited local feed resources, which could be valued better in the future and used to secure small ruminant feeding systems and boost animal production. Joining these two sub-networks gives the opportunity to consider the question from two complementary points of view, thus encouraging system approaches.
We are proud to welcome the newest IGA institutional member, Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, City University of Hong Kong.
The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences (VCS) was established in March 2020 is the newest department in the Jockey Club College of Veterinary Medicine. Our rapidly growing team of pioneering Faculty, Adjuncts and support staff embrace a vision be Asia's pre-eminent body advancing veterinary clinical science in response to evolving societal needs.
The mission of the VCS department is to advance animal health and welfare through cutting edge clinical research, to nurture research-trained, practice-ready, professional veterinary graduates, to establish Hong Kong's first academic postgraduate veterinary residency-training programs and to give back to the local communities through service and outreach.
The Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences was established in March 2020 with the vision to be Asia's preeminent body advancing veterinary clinical science in response to evolving societal needs.
The mission of the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences has three distinct but interrelated components:
Dear Members of the International Goat Association and prospective hosts,
The International Goat Association is accepting proposals for the 14th International Conference on Goats to be held in 2026. Send all submissions and conference planning questions to Christian DeVries, IGA’s Executive Director (email@example.com).
The International Conference on Goats (ICG) is a scientific and social meeting to present new research findings and provide expert input into important issues of goat production, health, food value chains, etc. Our conferences attract attention from scientists, scholars, veterinarians, government personnel, extension workers, and producers worldwide. Past meetings have been held successfully in the United Kingdom, France, USA, Brazil, India, China, South Africa, Mexico, Spain, and Turkey. The 13th International Conference on Goats will be entirely virtual from September 18 to 23, 2022.
The IGA’s Board of Directors will meet during the 13th ICG to review conference bids and hear presentations. Interested host countries will present their proposals to the IGA Board during the conference.
To prepare for the proposal, please refer to the IGA Board Guidelines for Planning an International Conference on Goats (https://www.iga-goatworld.com/conference-planning.html)
We appreciate your interest in continuing the tradition of the International Goat Association.
Noemí Castro Navarro
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.