According to China’s Ministry of Agriculture statistics, in 2011 the national sheep and goat herds totaled 282 million (of which approximately 180 million were goats), and 268 million were slaughtered, for a total output of 3.931 million tons of mutton. This is among the highest in the world. The world of mutton production rose from 6.1% in 1980 to more than 35.0%, with China accelerating the modernization and population growth, and increasing consumption levels.
Developing herbivore livestock (cattle, sheep and goat, etc.) has become a major strategic decision of China’s development of modern animal husbandry. In recent years, with the rapid development of China’s meat sheep and goat industry, its main characteristics and development trends were as follows: sheep and goat farms (households) decreased, but the total number of their slaughter increased, raising the average of raising scale; farms (households) significantly increased the size of their herd and the proportion of slaughter increased significantly; there were significant differences of large-scale level at both the regional and provincial levels.
Invitation to participate in the “International Goat Cheese Awards”
The National Association of Certified Goat Breeders, with the support of the Mexican Cheese Institute, and Slow Food International, invite all producers of goat cheese to participate in the first edition of the International Goat Cheese Awards. The awards will be part of the activities of the XI National Goat, Cheese and Cajeta Expo in Celaya, Guanajuato on 1st to 4th May, 2014. The activities will be held at Ecoforum in the city of Celaya.
To promote and recognize the diversity and quality of the multitude of goat cheeses around the world, as well as to contribute to the improvement of best practices in goat cheese making. The awards will host international experts, who will make technical recommendations for producers. We aim to provide a place of the exchange between experts in the industry, cheesemakers, and consumers. We hope to promote goat cheeses and their makers with possible consumers.
The ERCG 2014 is an official IGA sponsored regional conference, and to thank those who register the conference organizers and IGA are offering a special gift. ALL registrations include a free 1 year IGA membership for new members or $20 off a membership renewal. Go to: www.iga-goatworld.com/free-membership.html and fill out the form.
If you haven't registered yet, then visit: http://ercg2014.org
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