On the hoof in Patagonia
It's spring in the Neuquén Province of Argentinean Patagonia, and a goat herder drives his animals to the summer rangelands high in the mountains. It's a route his ancestors have taken since the goats were introduced by Spanish settlers in the 17th century. But this traditional transhumant system is becoming increasingly difficult to maintain in modern-day Argentina, threatening the survival of the goats and the families that depend on them.
Neuquén Criollo goats are not a formally-recognised breed in Argentina, but their owners, the crianceros, know them well: the hardy animals have consistently provided generations of crianceros and their families with high quality meat. Able to graze comfortably at 2,500m above sea level, walk long distances, withstand the bitterly cold winters in the lowlands and semi-arid summers in the highlands, the 300,000-or-so Neuquén Criollos have adapted well to life in Patagonia.
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Anson County will be offering a Small Ruminant Producer Training on June 3rd. Body Conditioning and Herd Health will start at 2pm; with FAMACHA training starting at 4pm. The certification is $12 for the FAMACHA portion only.
Pre-Registration is required. Please contact Jessica Morgan by May 27th at 704-694-2415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Monday, May 5, 2014
Guilford County Extension Barn
3309 Burlington Rd.
Greensboro, NC 2740
Morning session is FREE, and FAMACHA© training is $12.00.
Pre-Registration is required:
Please contact Lauren Langley at 336-266-0702 or email@example.com
1st International Symposium on Goat Production Systems and 2nd Biannual Meeting on Animal Reproduction, Temascaltepec, Mexico
This Spanish-language conference will take place from May 12th to 14th. Click on the program below to learn more.
Dear experts, professors, and colleagues,
The 2014 China Sheep and Goat Production and Academic Conference will take place in Liaocheng, Shandong province on August 20-22, 2014. It will be hosted by the Chinese Sheep and Goat Association, and organized by People’s Government Dongchangfu district of Liaocheng city, Shandong province.
The conference organizing committee sincerely invites you to present this conference. Please read the meeting notice as follows:
Raising Goats for Milk and Meat is now available for FREE as a PDF.
Heifer International is pleased to present Raising Goats for Milk and Meat. This introductory handbook provides an experience-based training model on the basic care and management of dairy and meat goats.
Also available in Spanish, Crianza de Cabra para leche y carne.
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.